The use of a braiding star comes from Japan and the technique is at least 1000 years old. The braiding technique is known in Japan as Kumihimo. Kumi means braids and himo means cord.
This ancient technique of a braiding star was used to make both functional and decorative cords. You can also make cords from yarn and other fibers for such things as friendship bracelets, decorative garland, backpack zipper pulls, actual cord and anything else your imagination comes up with. The cords of yarn can even be hand-sewn together to create doll blankets or wall art. I’ve even seen some of my past students shape them into butterflies and other real and imaginary creatures and then stitch them together to hold that shape. So cute!
This is a great pre-knitting activity for young kids to encourage fine motor skills and dexterity, but is also just a fun to do.
Sold as a
Single Wool Braiding Starwithout yarn
Single Wool Braiding Starwith yarn
5-pack of wool braiding stars
10-pack of wool braiding stars on a wooden stand
An optional organic cotton drawstring bag is sold separately if you need something to hold your star, stars and yarn projects.
Braiding Star, Weaving Star, Kumihimo sold separately, as a 5 pack and as a 10-pack
Ages 6+ Years
100% Felted Wool Star
4” diameter, 5mm thick
Braiding Star General Instructions are included here as a pdf you are welcome to read, print or save