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About the braid
This is a very popular braid with us, the alternating holes make an attractive structure. This type of structure seems to be known as Shippou (Japanese for seven treasures, or cloisonne) or Shippo (Japanese for tail) most often.
Watch out for the repeats when following this pattern, you need them to make the sides of the holes the right length.
On the marudai, the tension in this braid works out ok if you follow the repeats as directed, you don’t need to alternate sides to keep it correct.
You can change the number of repeats. An odd number of repeats gives a similar effect with different gaps. An even number will change the design.
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.
This braid is difficult on the disk because of the tension when the sides of the hole cross over (steps 8 and 9).
After the second set of repeats, squeeze the braid together in the middle of the disk, and hold it - the disk should balance on your fingers in the central hole! After you have completed the rest of the moves, pull the threads around the disk to restore the tension, leaving the braiding point central.
You may find it easier to alternate sides instead of completing 3 repeats on side before doing the other.
- Creative Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey (braid 8C)
- Comprehensive Treatise of Braids (vol 1 - marudai) by Makiko Tada (braid 23)