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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.
Help! This is the perfect pattern to make thin blue line bracelets. I can not work it on my plate. I am having a tough time ready the pattern. My plate has numbers 1 to 10 on top small alpha letters a-j on right side down, numbers from left to right 11-20 on the bottom and Capital letters A -J starting at the top on the left side.
It should be possible to make this braid on your plate, even though the plate I use has more slots along the top/bottom and fewer on the sides.
You only need 1 thread on each side, so I would put them in roughly the middle of the sides on your plate.
You only need to use 8 slots on each of the top and bottom, so instead of having 2 unused slots at each end, I would arrange your threads so there is only 1.
Then you can ignore the numbers, and just look at the way the arrows show the threads move – if there are several arrows in a step, the first move needs to be the one with the arrowhead by itself, as this will be the empty slot.
Roughly, the moves are: starting from the left, move a thread from the top to the slot immediately below – this will be emtpy. Move a thread from the bottom, just to the right of the one you moved to the bottom, to the empty slot you just made at the top. Carry on top to bottom/bottom to top, moving one thread to the right each time – you will then have moved all the top and bottom threads to the opposite side. Move left thread to right side and right thread to left side. Turn your plate a half turn, and you then repeat from the beginning.
The thread calculator seems to calculate the same lenght for every thread, even for the threads crossing. It doesn’t make sense to me. Could it be a mistake?
The thread calculator is very simple. As it says on the thread calculator page, it just uses a rough calculation of twice the braid length plus 10%. There are so many variables linked with the thread you use and how you braid, it is impossible to be accurate, and I would usually recommend a short test braid first.