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'Suppliers' is the broad term used for individuals or organisations providing equipment, materials, books and other services to those with an interest in braids and bands.  These suppliers additionally advertise in the current edition of the Braid Society journal, Strands.  This contact information is provided in good faith. The Braid Society does not necessarily recommend the individuals or organisations listed here.  Tutors are listed separately.




Shirley is passionate about narrow wares - teaching and writing about them, making them and preparing kits so that others can make them too. Shirley and Peter make marudais and bobbins in workshops in Canada.


BraidersHand (Janis and Dave Saunders)

Supplies for Japanese Kumihimo and other forms of braiding.  Includes Japanese braiding equipment, traditional braiding thread and books on all forms of braiding.


Carey Company

Carey Company is a family business that specialises in braiding. We endeavour to offer a fast and efficient service with quality products, selling braidmaking books, threads and equipment. Commissions and tuition also undertaken. We are more than happy to help with any queries you may have about braiding and related subjects.


Anna Crutchley

Anna specialises in custom made furnishing trimmings. She offers a range of equipment and supplies for making cords and tassels, including the Anna Crutchley cordtwister for making 2, 3 and 4 strand cords and rope. She offers courses and workshops.

Anne Dixon

Talks and Workshops: Inkles, table weaving, Dorset buttons and 4-shaft weaving. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

Fiber Artist Supply Co

Your international supplier of quality Kumihimo tools and more.

Freda Robinson,

Freda set up Arabesque Braids in 1990 and supplies braiding tools, kits and finished items.    Based in the UK

Helen Leaf, Leaf Trading Post

Tools for braiding and ply-split braiding - hand made wooden shuttles, gripfids, rigid heddles for backstrap band weaving, kits and workshops.    Based in the UK

Louise French, Tools for Ply-Split Braiding

Supplier of Cotton Cords, Cord Makers and Gripfid tools of our improved design for Ply-Split Braiding. Three standard Gripfid sizes are delivered by airmail from stock, and special lengths and diameters are available via custom order.  Four-hook cord-makers enable your creativity.  A selection of premade cords are available to help you get started in Ply-split Braiding.


Gaddum & Gaddum Ltd

We supply a full range of silk and silk blended yarns. We also stock various silk fibres etc. suitable for the craft industry.


Edna Gibson

Books by Makiko Tada - Treatise of Braiding I - VI covering: Marudai; Andean sling braids; Takadai 1-3; and Disc and Plate 1 & 2.


Halcyon Yarn

Serving fiber artists since 1971, Halcyon Yarn is your source for inspiration, great service and excellent selection. Hundreds of yarns, fibers, tools & patterns in stock, plus fast shipping worldwide!

Handweavers Studio

For more than forty years the Handweavers Studio has been supplying yarn and fibre to textile artisans in London and worldwide. We offer an unparalleled range of yarns, from the completely traditional to the ultramodern, available on 25 gram spools as well as on cones for larger projects and production work. 

We also stock small tools, including handcrafted inkle shuttles, and an excellent range of tassel moulds. 

Our shop is open Mon–Sat, 10:00–6:00 (nearest tube station is Finsbury Park). 

If you cannot visit, you may order by mail, phone or online from our webshop (we ship worldwide).

Julie Hedges

I have been researching and developing Ply-Split Braiding since 1990 to make wearable and sculptural pieces. My work has been exhibited in the UK, Europe and USA and I enjoy working to commission. I give talks and workshops on Ply-Split Braiding, with reference to my collection of Animal related textiles from India as well as my own work. I have taught Ply-Split Braiding and Decorative twisted cord making to groups throughout the UK and in India, Italy and USA. I have written 4 books on Ply-Split Braiding: An introduction; Further Techniques; Ply-Splitting in three-dimensions; and (new in 2015) Ply-split braided jewellery.


Giovanna Imperia

Unusual yarns from Italy and Japan, including metallics, polyurethane coated yarns, wool blends dyed with natural dyes, wide range of active yarns and wire. Also carry kumihimo silk and exclusive karakumi silk.


The Lucet Company

Suppliers of lucets, bobbins, books and an instructional DVD on luceting techniques.


My Fine Weaving Yarn

We are web based business selling good quality, repeatable weaving yarn. We currently stock yarns from several manufacturers including  Venne Colcotton, Jagger Brothers and UKI Supreme. We have a fantastic range of colours, including over 100 in 20/2 Mercerised Cotton available on mini spools. Smaller quantities of other yarns available to order on request. Visit our website to see the full range. We are based in near Leicester UK, we can ship overseas, please email to discuss.


Rosalie Neilson

Rosalie teaches workshops in Marudai braiding, from beginning level (4- and 8-element braids) to more advanced levels (16- and 32 element braids). She has a lecture on the history of Japan through the eyes of a braider called Kumihimo: From Defense to Decoration. Her interest is in documenting the definitive set of designs for various braid structures. The first book, The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi, is out of print. The other two are available at her website: The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi and Kongō Gumi A Cacophony of Spots-Coils-Zags-Lines (showing the 1,157 two-color designs.) She resides in Milwaukie Oregon.


The Old Kennels

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Blackdown Hills, The Old Kennels offer short courses in a variety of arts and skills tutored by local, national and international artisans. Subjects include; Glass bead making, silver smithing, textiles, wood, metal, fibre, clay, plant fibres, willow, cane and stone.  The Old Kennels has been graded as a Green Tourism Gold Standard Establishment and beautiful four star bed and breakfast accommodation is available situated above the studio near the house, with its own lounge/kitchenette and roof terrace.


Averil Otiv

Handwoven tapestries and decorative baskets.


Jennie Parry

Textures & Edges for Takadai Braids, Jennie Parry, £9 plus £1 p&p.  European Loop Braiding, Investigations & Results, series of 4, Noémi Speiser & Joy Boutrup, published by Jennie Parry.  Loop-Manipulation Braiding, Basic Instructions, Noémi Speiser, published by Jennie Parry, £4 post free.

Tuition in Japanese braiding equipment.



The Prumihimo disk
Downloadable tutorials



Fair Trade Textiles / Folk Art / Market Tours.

22 days in enchanting Peru with 8 days of workshops: tapestry weaving with Maximo Laura, spinning, knitting, embroidery, braiding, gourd engraving and natural dyes.  Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Cusco, Machu Picchu will be visited and much more!

12 day tour to Ayacucho/Huamanga, in the southern highlands, to visit the homes and workshops of textile and folk artists, villages, markets, sites, and much more during the most famous Semana Santa festival in Peru.


Carol James, Sashweaver

    Fingerweaving Untangled / Le Fleche Demele
    Sprang Unsprung
Instruction in Braiding Techniques:
    What is Sprang?
    North American Braiding Techniques

    Replicating the Washington-Braddock sash



Techniques, tools, and tidbits.  The semi-rigid heddle (for portable weaving); tablet-weaving kit; tablet waving booklet on basic two-colour patterns; small shuttles for narrow wares; hand-dyed silk fibres (50g pack); and much, much more!

Sulis Designs

UK based supplier of kumihimo kits and a few other Kumhimo based supplies including Makiko Tada's Octoplate.

Texte, Inc

Beautiful Japanese braids made using different techniques.  Information about Makiko Tada’s authoritative publications and details of distributors worldwide.


Uppingham Yarns

A large range of yarns and fibres in many colours and types, suitable for many craft types. Warehouse, mail order and on line shop available.


Barbara J Walker

Barbara has an innovative book for sale, entitled "Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns - Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding"


Michael Williams – woodturner

Superb quality handmade wooden articles for textile crafts including drop spindles, inkle looms, marudais, nostepinnes, niddynoddies, tapestry frames and their supports, couronne sticks, skein winders, giant knitting needles beaters, lucets, japanese style embroidery frame, tassel blanks and more.



Wide selection of braiding books, tools and supplies. Superior customer service and fast shipping.


Yeoman Yarns

Yeoman Yarns Ltd - mail order suppliers of machine - hand knitting - crochet yarns. 100% cottons / mixes, mercerised / soft matt, 100% pure wools and wool acrylic, felting wool 1ply. Fancies, metallics, acrylics, mohairs. Shade cards available.   Mill shop now open. Please call 0116 2404464 to arrange your visit.

Braid Society Ltd, registered in England and Wales (number 8689716)     Registered Office: 21 Coton Crescent, Coton Hill, Shrewsbury, SY1 2NZ, UK

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