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About the braid
We are calling this braid “Warp 8 7” as it is effectively a plain weave with 15 warp threads visible in rows of 8 and 7. The 2 weft threads crossing over are pulled so tight that they are only visible at the ends. For kumihimo, this type of braid is often done on a square plate, but it can also be done on a marudai.
On a fixed marudai, you have extra moves to bring the 8 threads from the bottom back to the top again. On a square plate, you can turn the plate around so that the group of 8 threads is at the top again and repeat from the start. Either way, the rows of 8 and 7 threads swap sides every time forming the weave.
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.
Steps 3 and 5 of the instructions combines a large number of thread moves. Hopefully it is clear that all the top and bottom (warp) threads cross over to the other side. In steps 4 and 6, when the side (weft) threads cross over, pull them extra tight or put extra weight on these threads.
Kumihimo Plate instructions
This braid is found in some kits with a square kumihimo plate. All the threads of the top and bottom swap sides before the left and right threads are swapped and the plate is rotated. Before you move the side threads, pull them tight.
- This braid comes with some square kumihimo plate packs.