Kumihimo Pattern on Maurdai

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See the under $15 Marudai in action below:

I liked the kum-loom but I was frustrated by the slow speed. Using a Maurdai allows me to move two strings at once. The action is different from the rotating kumi-loom. Instead of moving in a circular manner, the loom remains in the same orientation to the braider. I wanted to learn the Maudai action before I became too habituated to the kumi-loom. Movement was slow at first but picked up. The movement is repetitive so I expect it will get faster and faster. At first it’s a bit like patting your head while rubbing your stomach (LOL).

HERE is an example of someone making a simple braid on a Maurdai.

This is my first attempt. (This is a different pattern that the one demonstrated above.) The braid is only two colors and eight strands. I am trying to keep it simple The braid produced is a flat alternating diagonal pattern. (After I stopped for the night, I used the clip to mark the front of the Maurdai so I wouldn’t loose my place when I went to start again.) I move the right and left hands at the same time (like in the video). Indicated by R & L in the pattern. The numbers represent the positions on the loom. This same pattern could easily be worked on the kumi-loom.

The braiding process needs weight. I used a small quarter ounce fishing weight inside each EZ bobbin. I clipped the braid with a large clip to weight the braid. I had to play with the weight on the braid a bit to get the right tension. (While I was braiding the braid was down inside the Maurdai. I took it out to photograph.)

See the pattern below:


6 Responses to “Kumihimo Pattern on Maurdai”

  1. Jay T says, August 26th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    You made this SO ez to understand.
    Where can I get a Maurdai for under $15?

    I’m dying to start braiding on one. I’m using a disc but so want to switch. This is the first time I’ve heard of a Maurdai for under 100$ let alone $15. I love your site. Thanks, Jay

  2. Tropical Twister says, August 26th, 2009 at 11:52 am


    I was referring to the one I built (see on this site) from a waste basket & a ceiling fan decorative “plate”. It has been suggested by blog readers that I could further adapt the waste basket by making cut outs, however, I don’t find it that inconvenient to lift the top to make adjustments and I love being able to tote/store everything right in the Maurdai. While it has it’s shortcomings, its a great way to try it out before you invest several hundred dollars! Tropical Twister

  3. Trisch says, September 2nd, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    What a great idea! I’m so hitting up the dollarstore this weekend 😀

  4. ivone gasparina says, May 17th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    adorei foram otimas as explicaçÔes a muito queria e sĂł mesmo tu Ă© que o fizestes de modo esclarecedor, muito obrigada, (desculpa escrever em portuguĂȘs meu inglĂȘs Ă© muito ruim)

  5. Tropical Twister says, May 17th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Google translation:
    I loved the explanations were great and just wanted to much is that really you
    have done so enlightening, thank you, (sorry to write in Portuguese
    My English is very bad)

    Feliz que a explicação foi muito Ăștil. Amor internet. Isso me mantĂ©m em contato com outras pessoas que partilham uma paixĂŁo comum de fibras e artesanato. (Glad the explanation was helpful. Love the internet. It keeps me in touch with others who share a common passion for fiber and crafts.)

  6. Garnie says, January 4th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thank goodness for Google. Just found your site. There are so many ways and things you can use to make your oen marudai. I made a marudai for less than $5. You can check out my blog to see a picture. I bought a 5-gallon paint bucket with the lid. I used an exato knife to cut a hole in the middle of the lid and 2 windows in the bucket to see my braid progess Also, I cut the windows high enough that I can carry my suppplies in it. The racey print duct tape cost a little more. I used it to smooth off the sharp edges. The hardest part was the cutting. It took time and a lot of careful effort to cut through that hard plastic but it was worth it. Make sure to measure and mark your window outlines with a magic marker. Have fun with whatever you use to be creative!

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