This photo is of a bundle of silk. It consists of four ropes of 672 threads that are pre-cut at 105” (2.7 m) long for braiding; they in turn are further divided into 4 sections. The total number of sections in a bundle is 16. The silk is packaged in Japan in this manner so that braiders can easily make obijime (oh-bee-gee-meh) which are the traditional belts, that tie around the obi.
The fourth rope, at the bottom of the photo, has been further broken down into four sections which is how BraidersHand thread is packaged; one rope divided into four sections.
One package of silk has 42 fine threads in each of the four sections for a total of 168 threads. The thread size is 150/3 which is about the same size as 00 silk thread available on small spools in the USA.
Imposter has 39 threads in each section for a total of 156 threads. The metallics have 31 threads in each section for a total of 124 threads.
A finished braid is usually one-half the length of the threads before braiding. A package of threads if folded in half makes 8 sections, which will be approximately 52" long, the resulting braid will be approximately 26" long.
Go to our Tips page for information on handling the kumihimo threads and for directions for making a drawstring for your counter weight bag or use it for a small treasure bag.
Fine Silk comes in 44 colors - $10.50 per package.
Premium Silk in 80 colors - $11.75 per package.
Imposter is our synthetic thread that replaces the discontinued Biron. It it comes in 67 colors - $5.50 per package.
Our metallics are non-tarnishing metal that is wrapped around a core. The Silver and Gold are solid color, Silvery and Bronze are multi-color, Blue, Orchid and Jade are a rather futuristic metallics, a color you might think will be on a robot someday. The Sparkle Metallic is silk thread with metallic sprinkled on the top. Click Metallic Shades too see what is available, there are no shade cards.
Not sure which color to choose? Try our Mixed Metallics Package, one section (39 threads in each section) each of Gold, Silver, Bronze, a Smooth Metallic and a Sparkle color - $15.00 per package.
On the Metallic Order Form each number is preceded by an "M"
| Bamboo Yarn
UKI has produced a lustrous Bamboo yarn on Mini Cones. The yarn comes in an array of rich colors and is a pleasure to braid.
Each cone holds 440 yards/402m and weighs 6.7oz/189g. The size of the yarn is about the same as 3/2 cotton (5.24/4). Price, $17.75 per cone.
Because the colors vary on different monitors, please order a shade card if you are trying to match colors. Shade card, $13.00.
Prices are subject to change.
Saunders Solutions Inc. DBA BraidersHand, January 3, 2011
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