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.
When selecting your components, consider items that…
- won’t snag your cord.
- 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.