Melbourne Kumihimo Group

When: The group meets monthly from February to November on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Time: from 10.30 to 2.00pm.

Where: Guild rooms, 655 Nicholson Street, North Carlton 3054.

Membership: Membership is $20 a year. This entitles members to use the library, yarns and equipment. Kumihimo equipment can also be hired at a small cost to members.


Meetings generally include a demonstration and / or hand-on braiding, show and tell and discussion.


Visitors are always welcome.

2021 Meeting calendar

April 22

May 27

June 24

July 22

Aug 26

Sept 23

Oct 28

Nov 25 (AGM)

About Japanese Braiding

Japanese braiding (kumihimo) is becoming increasingly popular around the world. The multiplicity of patterns and the different shapes of braid make it a fascinating craft. Both decorative and useful, these braids can either add that special finishing touch to handcrafted items or just be beautiful on their own.

Braids are made using a stool or a loom and a number of weighted bobbins, the number of bobbins varying according to the style of braid to be made. (A braiding style dictates which order to move the bobbins in and where they are moved to.) The most versatile piece of equipment to use is the marudai (pronounced MAroo-DA-ee), a round-topped stool with a hole in the centre. With just eight bobbins you can make quite an amazing variety of braids even using one simple braiding style simply by changing the layout of the strands or by varying the colours of the strands

About the Guild

The Guild's aim is to bring together those who practise handweaving, spinning and allied crafts. To help and encourage them to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills by discussion, demonstration, exhibition, teaching and the provision of quality resource materials.

Find Us Here

655 Nicholson Street

Carlton North  3054

Phone: +61 03 9387 9222

Contact Us

Our rooms are open from 10am to 2.00 pm Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

 Closed public holidays.


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