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About the braid
If you rotate this braid, the same pattern appears on both sides of the braid, but shifted vertically.
How to use the designer
Use the colour picker to choose your thread colour. If you use it on the braid, it will be added to your colour list so you can easily choose it again. Click on the thread you want to colour in the braid diagram.
Some braids allow you to change the number of threads. If available, you can use the "+" and "-" buttons to change the number of threads - active internet connection required.
It is important to follow the path of the arrows - this makes sure that the threads wrap around each other correctly.
These disk instructions have the threads separated into groups of 4, and are based on the marudai instructions in Creative Kumihimo.
Although it looks like a lot of moves, I find thinking "Across to opposite, move to make a space, across to opposite, move to make a space, jump in" helps me remember the steps of this braid. This phrase covers the moves shown in 3 diagrams above.
Moves 8-14 are exactly the same as 1-7, but you have a different set of threads at the top, so the slot numbers are different. After move 14, you can either continue to rotate counterclockwise as shown, remembering that the slot numbers have changed again, or you can reverse the direction you rotate and have the slots in the start position again. I find always rotating the same way easier, and it seems to make a better braid for me.
These disk instructions have the threads separated into groups of 2, and is based on the marudai instructions in Comprehensive Treatise of Braids volume 1.
The later diagrams may look difficult to follow, but the movements in diagrams 7, 9 and 11 are exactly the same as diagrams 1 to 3, but different slot numbers because the disk is rotated. Similarly diagrams 8, 10 and 12 are the same as diagrams 4 to 6.
Note that the movements in steps 4 to 6 are a mirror image of steps 1 to 3. I find thinking "Across to opposite, move to make a space, across to opposite, move to make a space, jump in" helps me remember the steps of this braid.
- Creative Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey (braid 16AB)
- Comprehensive Treatise of Braids (vol 1 - marudai) by Makiko Tada (braid 48, Maru-sugi)