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TOOLS - KUMIHIMO SUPPLIES > KUMIHIMO KITS
 
Kumihimo Disk

Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique that has become very popular worldwide especially with the addition of beads. Bonded nylon cord is recommended when working with beads for durability and abrasion resistance.

For braiding with beads, EZ Bobs are a necessity, the small ones for small beads and the medium ones for larger beads and so on... All the beads do not need to be loaded on the cord all at once, just load what fits within the EZ Bobs and add more beads when you run out.

Having several disks on hand is nice for working on several braids at the same time, plus it is best to reserve a disk for thinner diameter cords as the slots will relax a bit when working with larger diameter cord.

Kumihimo Disk Kumihimo Disk Kumihimo Disk

To learn to braid, start with a kit and the basic 8 stand round braid and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord, then graduate to thinner cords and beads such C-Lon Bead Cord/Nylon #18, C-Lon Fine Weight, Micro Cord or KO Beading Thread.

Thinner cords combined in strands makes braids that resemble Japanese braids made with silk. Silk, of course, such as Madeira Silk Floss, Kanagawa or Fujix Tire Embroidery Silks are also great options, but silk requires a bit more care.

Many other braiding patterns are possible, and more can be invented. For braiding patterns, try Rodrick Owen's book 'Braids' (published in 1995 by Interweave). More > Playing with Kumihimo Braids or Go to Kumihimo Kits

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.

Bobbins Kumi Tool Sets Bulk Supplies for Teachers
KUMIHIMO DISKS & PLATES
Disk Size & Thickness Comparison
Mini Kumihimo Disk
6 Inch Kumihimo Disk
Compare Kumihimo Disk Kumihimo Disk Kumihimo Disk
Size and Thickness Comparison

As to sizes, try both sizes. The smaller disk was originally designed for kids, but they are very nice for everyone, not just smaller hands. The slots are closer to one another, so the hand does not haver to travel as far. However the EZ-Bob get a bit more entangled as they are closer to one another. The larger disk is recommended for any patterns with more than 8 strands. In addition, if you use a pattern where you need to read the numbers, they are easier to read on the bigger disk.

As to thickness, if you find that the thinner disk does not hold your tension tight enough, try the thicker ones. Keeping newer disks for thinner cords and using older ones for thicker cord works well tool.

4.25" (10.8 cm)Ø

6 " (15.24 cm)Ø

10 mm (3/8") thick $4.50
Center hole 15/16" (2.4 cm) Ø
10 mm (3/8") thick $7.50
Center hole 15/16" (2.4 cm) Ø
No Instructions $3.00
Larger 35 mm (1 3/8") center hole
With No Instructions $5.00
Center hole 15/16" (2.4 cm) Ø
NEW THICK MINI-K-DISK NEW THICK KUMIHIMO-DISK

20 mm (3/4") thick
No Instructions $5.25
Larger 35 mm (1 3/8") center hole

20 mm (3/4") thick
With No Instructions $9.00
Center hole 1 3/8" (3.5 cm) Ø
Kumihimo Square Plate
Mini-Clamps
6 Inch Kumihimo Disk/Larger Hole
Kumihimo Plate
Mini Clamps for Kumihimo
Kumihimo Disk
Best for flat braids
6 " (15.24 cm) Square $7.50
Great for Kumihimo
4 for $2.00
10 mm (3/8") thick $7.50
Larger 35 mm (1 3/8") center hole
With No Instructions $5.00 12 for $5.00 With No Instructions $5.00
Larger 35 mm (1 3/8") center hole
As to hole sizes... the larger ones are best if working with large beads...
 
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)
Imported
EZ-Bob3 2 1/2 " diameter (6.35 cm)
Made in the USA

EZ-Bob4 3 1/2 " diameter (8.90 cm)
Imported

 
New - Tangle-Free Small Bobbins with Weight
EZ Bobs

Ø - 1 7/8 inch (4.85 cm)
Weight - 24 grams

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

Some braiders like the weight to keep the bobbins tangle free. I personally find 8 weighted bobbins a bit too heavy. I use a single weighted bobbin aas a weight at the end of the braid when braiding with beads. I have not tried them with the weight removed yet.

 
 
KUMIHIMO SETS
For a gift, add some color tissue inside...
Starter Mini K Set
2-Disk K Set
Mini K-Bead-Tool Bag
Kumihimo Disk Set Kumihimo Disk Set
Kumihimo Disk Set
  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • No Instructions
  • 1 6 Inch Kumihimo Disk
    1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 16 EZ Bobs
  • 2 Mini-Clamps
  • No Instructions
  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • Instructions
  • 1 Bag for your project on the go

Perfect for Kumihimo with Magatamas or seed beads size 8 & up

$7.00
$15.40
$9.50
Mini K-Bead-Tool Bag
Mini K-Bead-Tool Bag Plus
Tool Bag for Bead Cluster Kit
Kumihimo Disk Set
Kumihimo Mini Kit
Kumihimo Disk Set
  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Weighted EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Big Eye Needle
  • 1 Bag for your project on the go

Perfect for Kumihimo with Magatamas or seed beads size 8 & up

  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Weighted EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Big Eye Needle
  • 1 Bead Mat
  • 1 Large Bag with Satin Edges

Perfect for Kumihimo with Magatamas or seed beads size 8 & up

  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Bead Mat
  • 1 Large Bag with Satin Edges

Perfect for the Bead Cluster Kit as Needles come in the bead bag...

$10.00 $13.75 $12.00
Tool Bag for Beaded Kumi
Kumihimo Bag
Beach Bag
Kumihimo Mini Kit
Kumihimo Plate
Kumihimo Disk Set
  • 1 6 Inch Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Pack of 5 Big Eye needles
  • Instructions
  • 1 Large Bag with Satin Edges

Perfect for Ribbon & Magatamas Kit

  • 1 6 Inch Kumihimo Disk
  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 16 EZ Bobs
  • 2 Mini-Clamps
  • Instructions
  • 1 Large Bag with Satin Edges

Great way to try both sizes of K-Disks

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

The bag has burlap sides, transparent mesh in front and back and a zipper at the top

TOOL-BAG-BEAD-KUMI $16.00 KUMI-BAG $24.00 BEACH-BAG $52.00
List 10 C-Lon Bead Cord (10 CLC)
Or 4 CLC + 4 CLMC or 4 CLC.135
Or 8 Tex 400 Bead Cord
KUMI-BAG with PLATE $25.00
Get a Plate instead of the Disk
plus 2 extra EZ Bobs

 
 
SUPPLIES FOR TEACHERS
Mini K-Disk
K-Disk
100 Small EZ Bobs
Mini Kumihimo Disk Kumihimo Disk
EZ Bobs
With no instructions
With no instructions
Get a bag of 100 for your class.
$40.00/$2.00 each/Box of 20
$30.00/$3.00 each/Box of 10
$30.00/$0.30 each/Bag of 100
 

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