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How to build a Japanese Braiding Loom

For centuries the Japanese have practiced the art of braiding fine silk threads on the traditional maru dai, or braiding table.
But this same technique can be applied to threads and yarns other than fine silk to quickly and accurately braid utility cords and ropes for dog leashes, clothes lines, candle wicking, or by braiding the tape from old audio cassette tapes or strong fishing line.

Braids can be round, square or rectangular in cross section, and plain or decorative. No matter how fine or coarse the thread or yarn, no matter whether a four-strand simple braid or a complex 32-strand braid, the resulting cord will always have perfect gauge and tension.

The braiding loom, braiding table, or maru dai, as it is called in Japan, is a round or square surface with a hole in the center, sanded very smooth and attached to some kind of base to hold it at a convenient height. The height can be fixed or adjustable, depending on the loom, and set for use on a table top, or while working seated or standing.

For each strand in the completed braid, a weighted bobbin is wound with thread, yarn, or string of the choosen color.

The various threads are all tied together and the knot is fed through the hole in the center of the loom. Another, heavier weighted bobbin is attached to the knot under the hole.

If you are interested in learning more about this craft or even how to build a Japanese Braiding Loom there is a complete guide at the link below.

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  1. how do u do this with 6?

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