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TOOLS :: KUMIHIMO SUPPLIES > KITS > Kumihimo Ribbon & Bead or Bead Cluster Kits

The kumihimo disk, plate or the mini board work well with the plastic EZ bobs as bobbins - no weights are necessary. The disk, plate or mini-board can be used free hand or attached to a stand such as an empty spool to more closely match a maru dai. Braids can be done with all kind of fibers. Bonded nylon cord, such as any sizes of C-Lon Bead Cord, is recommended when working with beads for durability and abrasion resistance. If you work with beads, EZ-bobs are mandatory. As to the disks, try both sizes. With the mini disks, you do not have to reach as far. Hand size is also a factor as to preferences. The Toner mini disk is a bit softer, the slots are not as tight making it a better choice for softer fibers that can get damaged in the stiffer slots. Having several disks give you optios, plu syou can work on more than one braid at a time.

Kumihimo Disk with EZ-Bobs
Kumihimo Disk
Kumihimo Ribbon & Bead Kit Kumihimo Ribbon & Bead Kit

Personal Note :: I first encountered the name 'kumihimo' in 1978 at a show when a textile specialist exclaimed in front of my exhibit that I was doing kumihimo. I had learned my braiding techniques from an old sailor's book on knots. I got a marudai but gave it up. I prefer braiding by hand or with the disks. The disks and plates are great because they are portable. They can be taken on road trips, to the beach or done on a couch watching TV.

For braiding, use a mini clamp to hold the braid at the beginning. If you use beads, the EZ-Bobs are a necessity, the small ones for small beads and the medium ones for larger beads and so on... To learn a braid pattern, start with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord, Satin Cord or Chinese Knotting Cord, then switch to other fibers such C-Lon Bead Cord/Nylon #18, C-Lon Fine Weight or Micro Cord. Thinner nylon used in strands makes braids more closely resembling the Japanese braids made with silk. Silk, like the Madeira Floss, Kanagawa or Fujix Tire Embroidery Silks are great option, requiring a bit more care.

Many braiding patterns exist, and more can be invented. For patterns, I like Rodrick Owen's book 'Braids' (published in 1995 by Interweave).

Read more about Kumihimo > Playing with Kumihimo Braids or
Go to Kumihimo Kits > Ribbon & Magatamas Kits > Bead Cluster Kits

Disk Size Comparison
Kumihimo Disk
Kumihimo Square Plate
Kumihimo Disk Kumihimo Disk Kumihimo Plate
Size comparison between
the standard 6" (15.25 cm) disk
and the 4.25" (11 cm) mini disk

The smaller disks were originally designed for kids. They are fine for anyone, especially smaller hands. The slots are closer to one another, so the hand does not haver to travel as far. However if you work with beads and EZ-Bobs, they tend to get more entangled. The numbers are much smaller making them harder to read if you use a pattern following numbers. The Toner Craft Disk is better for softer fibers as the foam is less dense than the other disks.

To make rounded braids, 6" in diameter, made of 3/8" dense durable foam
Instructions in English

For flat braids, 6" square, made of 3/8" dense durable foam
Instructions in English
KUMI-DISK $12.00
KUMI-PLATE $12.00
With No Instructions $7.50 With No Instructions $7.50
Mini Kumihimo Disk - Toner
Mini Kumihimo Disk - Beadsmith
Mini-Clamps
Kumihimo Mini Board Kumihimo Disk
Mini Clamps
Mini Round Braiding Board
4-1/4" in diameter, 5/16" softer foam
Good for small diameter braids (center hole is 7/8" in diameter)
Instructions in English and French
Same diameter as Toner's but made of 3/8" denser foam
Good for small hands (center hole is 15/16 " in diameter)
Instructions in English
Great to hold the end of your cord. Either let it hang or clamp it to hold tension.
MINI-T-K-DISK $4.50
MINI-BDS-K-DISK $4.50
MINI-CLAMPS 12 for $4.00
Sorry, out of stock
Kumihimo Gift Sets
Add color tissue inside the bag to gift wrap...
Mini Kumi Kit in a Bag
Kumihimo Kit in a Bag
Beach Bag
Kumihimo Mini Kit
Kumihimo Plate
Kumihimo Mini Board
1 Mini Kumihimo Board
8 Small EZ-Bobs
1 Mini Clamps
Instructions
+
8 yards of C-Lon Tex 400 to play with

All packed in a clear vinyl bag. Great starter set for kids!

1 Beadsmith Kumihimo Disk
1 Mini Kumihimo Board
16 Small EZ-Bobs
2 Mini Clamps
2 Sets of Instructions
+
8 yards of C-Lon Bead Cord and
8 yards of C-Lon Tex 400 to play with

All in a clear vinyl bag with grey satin trims.

Same content as Kumihimo Kit in a Bag, plus your choice of 10 C-Lon Bead Cord, 4 C-Lon Bead Cord and 4 C-Lon Micro or Fine Weight Cord, or 8 C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord.

All in a bag ready to be taken to the beach. The bag has burlap sides, transparent mesh in front and back and a zipper at the top. 8 spools of cord are packed in a small cardboard box.

MINI-KUMI-BAG $9.50 KUMI-BAG-KIT $24.00 BEACH-BAG $50.00
Choose Mini Disk Brand

Choose Mini Disk Brand

Choose Mini Disk Brand
List 10 C-Lon Bead Cord (10 CLC)
Or 4 CLC + 4 CLMC or 4 CLC.135
Or 8 Tex 400 Bead Cord
Kumi Kits
Mini Kumi Board Disk Kit Kumi Basic Disk Kit Kumi 2-Disk Kit
1 Mini Kumihimo Board
8 Small EZ-Bobs
1 Mini Clamps
Instructions
1 Beadsmith Kumihimo Disk
8 Small EZ-Bobs
1 Mini Clamps
Instructions
1 Beadsmith Kumihimo Disk
1 Mini Kumihimo Board
16 Small EZ-Bobs
2 Mini Clamps
Instructions
MINI-DISK-KIT $8.25
KUMI-DISK-KIT $15.00
KUMI-2DISK-KIT $22.00

Choose Mini Disk Brand

Choose Mini Disk Brand

Deluxe Kumi 2-Disk Kit
Kumi Basic Board Kit Kumi Plate+Mini-Disk Kit
 
Same as above but with the Plate and two extra small EZ-Bobs...
1 Beadsmith Kumihimo Disk
1 Beadsmith Kumihimo Plate
18 Small EZ-Bobs
2 Mini Clamps
Instructions
1 Beadsmith Kumihimo Plate
8 Small EZ-Bobs
1 Mini Clamps
Instructions
1 Beadsmith Kumihimo Plate
1 Mini Kumihimo Board
18 Small EZ-Bobs
2 Mini Clamps
Instructions
DLX-COMBO-KIT $28.00
KUMI-DISK-KIT $15.50
KUMI-DISK-KIT $22.50

Choose Mini Disk Brand

BOBBINS
Small EZ Bobs
Medium EZ Bobs
Large EZ Bobs
EZ Bobs
EZ Bobs
EZ Bobs
EZ-Bob1 1 7/8 " diameter (4.85 cm)
EZ-Bob3 2 1/2 " diameter (6.35 cm)
EZ-Bob4 3 1/2 " diameter (8.90 cm)
 
New - Tangle-Free Small Bobbins with Weight
EZ Bobs

Diameter - 1 7/8 inch
Weight - 24 grams

Good plastic construction.
Heavier plastic gauge than the standard Small EZ Bobs.
Weight can be removed if desired.

The weight added to the bobbins helps to keep them tangle free.

 
 
Supplies For Teachers
Mini K-Disk
K-Disk
100 Small EZ Bobs
Mini Kumihimo Disk Kumihimo Disk
EZ Bobs
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