This is kongo gumi, the round braid - a traditional Japanese braid, adapted to make on a foam disc.

No numbers. No adjustment moves.

Just straight forward braiding, (left up, right down) which can be addictive. You have been warned ...


Foam disc, threaded up and started
Using sixteen threads gives you many colourways 

Two pages with nineteen additional threadings is included, (shrunken from the red booklet)


Red Booklet - lots of useful chat and full-sized diagrams for the 19 braids, all the same structure, made with the same hand movements, (left up/right down), but looking quite different.

Colour through-out as of 2023. 

Red Booklet, foam disc, threads $12.00  


Braiding on a Budget

Instructions. All these patterns are modified to be made with no re-adjustment moves. They can all be braided on a round disc.

Round foam disc, no numbers, white, 4 ½ inches $3.00  
Square Braid, simple up-down movements on a foam disc $4.00  
Flat "lace" Braid, foam disc, not for the faint hearted $4.00  
10-strand flat braid on a round disc, leaflet in colour $4.50  
Beady Braid instructions, small foam disc, includes an E-Z bob, needle
Laramie, basic instructions, foam disc, succinct $4.00  
Laramie, threads set-up on small disc and booklet $10.00  

Beady Bracelet Kit

A 9 strand version of the kongo gumi braid, with an additional thread to carry the beads.

Started off for you on a small foam disc, the kit includes beads, an E-Z bob to carry the extra long beading thread, closure bead(s), needle, and full instructions.


Ready, Set, Go
(The Everything Kit)

A special item for the undecided. 

The Green Booklet, with instructions for 8 braids, both kumihimo and straw-plaiting (Fill-the-Gap and Laramie).

Two foam circles, set up and started for you: kongo-gumi, (the round braid), and the Laramie, (a raised spiral).

The octagonal card and instructions  for Fill-the-gap are also included.

An extra four pages has a shrunken version of the 18 threading patterns that are in the Red Booklet, but not in the green.


Foam Disks, no numbers

round, small, 3 1/2"/9cm
round 4 1/2"/11.5cm

foam discs 

octagonal, soft foam, 3 1/2"/9cm

"Big pink" large, firm foam octagon for using with groups of multiple threads or large beads, 4"/10cm 





Fill the Gap

This braid comes from the Europen tradition, straw-plaiting as in corn dollies and straw hats. There are seven threads and a gap, hence the name of the braid. Fun to do. Fun to teach.

   fill the gap
Braid Kit, set-up and started. $4.00  
Foam & Instructions $6.00  
Extra Cards - Octagonal $0.50  
Batch of 25 Cards $12.00  

"Big Pink" - firm, thick foam octagon suitable for multiple threads  per nick and/or large beads


(ridged spiral around a core, a straw-plaiting braid)

Braiding Kit, set-up and started on small foam disc.  $7.50  
Foam disc  & Instructions, 4 pages  $4.50  
Laramie booklet, colour photos, includes working with wire  $8.00  


The lucet, closely related to the Knitting Nancy, makes a firm, square-ish cord, useful for trimming and jewellery.

Plastic lucets are always available and sometimes we have wooden ones from the workshop.

Plastic Lucet, started with slippery ribbon yarn, with instructions for the no-turn method of working. $7.50  

Tablet Weaving

Tablets(20) and Booklist $7.00
Tablet Weaving, Ruth MacGregor $6.50
Two-tablet weaving kits, warped and started, two easy-bobs for
the weft threads, twenty tablets, instructions, and book list for
further reading
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