I design … I teach … I create … I craft … I love kumihimo

If you kumihimo on a foam disk, a kumi weight is a basic — and essential — tool.  Placed on the beginning end of your warps (cords), a kumi weight helps you keep consistent tension in the finished braid.

You can easily make your own kumihimo weight.  It’s super simple and can probably be done with stuff right in your home… like a scrap of string and some washers from your toolbox.  Or an empty prescription bottle with a hook on top.

DIY kumihimo weights

DIY kumihimo weights: a prescription bottle with coins, a large safety pin with metal washers and a scrap piece of string with metal washers.

When selecting your components, consider items that…

  1. won’t snag your cord.
  2. will easily remove from your finished project.

Most people are comfortable with a kumi weight in the 1.5 oz – 2.5 oz range.  An added bonus of a DIY kumi weight?  You control the weight, so it’s always exactly what you need.

Commercial kumihimo weights with gator clips (also known as “gator weights”) can be purchased from a variety of craft places. I confess, I even carried them in my shop for a brief time. But the minute a gator weight snagged my cord, I went back to making my own.

Gator weight

Gator weight

In my next post, I’ll show you my favorite kumi weight (yes, I made it myself) and tell you why I love it.

Have you experimented with making kumihimo weights?  What do you use — and why do you like it?

Creatively yours,


Comments on: "Making Your Own Kumi Weights" (4)

  1. […] my last post, I showed a variety of handmade kumihimo weights and explained how simply you can make your own kumi weights. As I promised, I will now unveil my […]

  2. I think you should also do a post for beginners in this craft.

    • Excellent idea. I’m working on a series of getting-started-with-kumihimo blog posts. I hope you’ll check back soon, The Great Zambini. (Cool name, by the way!)

      • Thank you, I felt it was a name that could fit with a variety blog and it gives me the chance to have a rabbit for a mascot :) I” come back soon, I’m excited to see more about this craft!

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