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KUMIHIMO SUPPLIES - TOOLS Disks, Plates & EZ Bobs > 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, small ones for small beads, 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 in 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.

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The best way to learn to braid is to start with a kumihimo kit with a full set of directions with step by step photos and a tool bag with a disk and EZ Bobs. Once you have a few projects completed you can start you own project easily. Check ready to go projects HERE.

Once you go on your own and experiment, C-Lon Bead Cord in any of the four sizes is recommended if you are using beads. Here is quick guide as to sizes: Micro for 15s and 11s, Fine Weight for 11s, 8s and PIPs, C-Lon Bead Cord (Tex 210) for 8s, 6s, MAs and LMAs, Tex 400 for 6s, MAs and LMAs.

For fiber only braids, thin cords can be combined in strands. The C-Lon Micro or the metallic cords work well for this. Silk, of course, such as Madeira Silk Floss, Kanagawa or Fujix Tire Embroidery Silks are great options, but silk requires a bit more care when worn. Ribbons are another great option.

If you are interested in braiding patterns, many are possible, and more can be invented. 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
Compare Kumihimo Disk

2 Sizes - Try both sizes. The smaller 4.5" disk was originally designed for kids, but they are very nice for everyone, not just smaller hands. As the diameter of the disk is smaller, the hand does not have to travel as far as with the larger disk. However the EZ-Bobs get a bit more entangled as they are closer to one another. The larger 6" 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 larger disk.

Thickness or Density - If the standard 10 mm (3/8") thick disk does not hold your tension tight enough, try the 2x thicker 20 mm (3/4") ones. Keep newer disks for thinner cords and use older ones for thicker cord. The thicker disks are called double-density, however the foam density of all the disks is the same, it is the thickness that's doubled.

32 or 64 Slots - 32 slots is more than enough slots for most braids, however if you decide to try braids with multiple cords then the 64 slot one the tool you will need. It is only available in the thicker (double) 20 mm foam version.

Hole Size - All of the disks have large 35 mm (1 3/8") center holes.

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Mini 4.5" Kumihimo Disk
6" Kumihimo Disk
64-Slot Kumihimo Disk
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4.25" (10.8 cm) Ø
6 " (15.24 cm) Ø
6 " (15.24 cm) Ø
Standard 10 mm (3/8") Thick Standard 10 mm (3/8") Thick  
not available in this thickness
Double 20 mm (3/4") Thick Double 20 mm (3/4") Thick Double 20 mm (3/4") Thick
Ergonomic Clear Kumi Handle
Mini-Clamps
Kumihimo Square Plate
Kumihimo Handle
Mini Clamps for Kumihimo
Kumihimo Plate
Fits all the disks. 21mm inside Ø
Great for Kumihimo
Best for flat braids
6 " (15.24 cm) Square $7.50
Hold and rotate the disk with one hand while moving the threads with the other. The clear handle allows to see the braid as it is made.    
 
PLASTIC BOBBINS
Small EZ Bobs
Medium EZ Bobs
Large EZ Bobs
EZ Bobs
EZ Bobs
EZ Bobs
EZ-Bob1 ~ 1 7/8 "(4.65 cm) diameter
Made in the USA
EZ-Bob3 ~ 2 1/2 " (6.35 cm) diameter
Made in the USA

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

 
Not sure which size is best for you? Get a sample pack, with 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large EZ-Bob.
Weighed Small EZ Bobs
24 gr Weight - 1 7/8 inch (4.65 cm) Diameter
EZ Bobs

Imported. Good plastic construction. Heavier plastic gauge than the standard Small EZ Bobs

Good weights for the end of the braid. Use the mini-clamps shown above to secure them. Use singly or stack them until the desired weight is achieved. Some braiders use them as regular bobbins and like the weight to keep the bobbins tangle free. I find them too heavy for this type of use.

 
 
KUMIHIMO SETS
For gifts, add some color tissue inside...
Starter Mini K-Disk Set
2-Mini K-Disk Set
2-K-Disk Set - 1 Large, 1 Mini
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  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Weighted EZ-Bob (not shown)
  • 1 Thick Mini Kumihimo Disk
    1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 16 EZ Bobs
  • 2 Mini-Clamps
  • 2 Weighted EZ-Bob
  • 1 6 Inch Kumihimo Disk
    1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 16 EZ Bobs
  • 2 Mini-Clamps
  • 2 Weighted EZ-Bob (not shown)
 
Mini K-Bag
Mini K-Bead-Tool Bag
Thick Mini K-Bead-Tool Bag
Kumihimo Disk Set
Kumihimo Disk Set
Kumihimo Disk Set
  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Weighted EZ Bobs
  • 1 Bag for your project on the go

Does not include needles or beeswax. 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 + 2 Blunt Beading Needles + Beeswax Cake
  • 1 Bag for your project on the go

Perfect for Beaded Kumihimo Projects

  • 1 Thick Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Weighted EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Bag for your project on the go

Perfect for Beaded Kumihimo with thin cord such as Micro, Fine Weight or Beading Thread

 
Mini K-Tool Bag +
Mini Beaded K-Tool Bag +
Thick Mini K-Tool Bag +
Kumihimo Disk Set
Kumihimo Mini Kit
Kumihimo Mini Kit
  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs + 1 Weighed EZ Bob
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Bead Mat
  • 1 Large Bag with Satin Edges

Perfect for the Bead Cluster Kit or if you already have needles and beeswax

  • 1 Mini Kumihimo Disk
  • 8 EZ Bobs
  • 1 Weighted EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Big Eye Needle + 2 Beading Needles + Beeswax Cake
  • 1 Bead Mat
  • 1 Large Bag with Satin Edges

Perfect for most Kumihimo projects with Beads

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

Perfect for Beaded Kumihimo with thin cord such as Micro, Fine Weight or Beading Thread such as the PIP Bead Bracelet

   
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 Weighted EZ Bobs
  • 1 Mini-Clamp
  • 1 Pack of 5 Big Eye needles
  • 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 and discount on cord!

List Colors - choice of 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
Get a Plate instead of the 6" Disk
plus 2 extra EZ Bobs

 
 
SUPPLIES FOR TEACHERS
Mini K-Disk
6 Inch 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
 

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