Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Kumihimo - the square plate!

I'm often asked what the benefits of a square plate are over a round disk - simple answer - some braids are just far easier on the plate!  Tension can be harder to maintain on the plate - so a good weight and bobbins are an essential.

The next NEBBies meet is this Saturday - 24th May 2014 - 2 to 5pm - at Knotty Hill Golf Club House!  For those new to the plate - I will demo the 10 warp and 20 warp braids.

This 10 warp braid is created using the instructions that come with the plate - 5 colours (2 metres of each) and closure.

Twenty warps creates a chevron flat braid - 5 colours (4 metres of each) and closure.  Start point shown below - on my old plate reserved for thick cords.....personally I think it is way easier than the 10 warp!

For those who are wanting to learn how to add beads - need Slon Tex - and beads that accommodate 2 passes of the cord!  This is set up on my plate reserved for fine cord.  Beads are added as you go - so no need for pre-loading.  I have used 10 metres and a shank button as a closure.  I needed an extra piece of cord at attached the weight to the shank button.

Useful extras are scissors, tape measure, needle and thread and fabric glue.  If you are using 1mm or 2mm rattail - ribbon clasp - and jewellery glue suitable for metals.


  1. Looks great Jen - love teh closure

    1. Thanks Karen - the beaded one is working up slowly!

  2. Hi Jenny

    I have chosen to weave flat Kumihimo and attach to wrist watches.
    The 10 warp design works just great for smaller watches. I need directions to weave a 12 warp and a 14 warp kumihimo flat weave.
    I observed on your blog a 20 warp weave but no directions were seen.
    Could you provide me with instructions for a 12 warp and a 14 warp weave? I am using micro cord for my projects.

    Thank you very much,

    Joel Webb
    Simply Eclectic
    Jdwebb691@gmail.com or

    1. Joel - these are the publications that were suggested to me when I asked a similar question - but difficult to source in UK