We will teach basic technique with modern foam discs and demonstrate using silk on a Maru Dai.
We will try to have a few disks/bobbin sets available for purchase – probably in 2-3 buck range, but you really want to buy some because your friends and coworkers will want them too as soon as you show up working on a project.
Base Requirements: Disk and colored string
Silk and loosely spun yarn will not survive the abrasion of foam disks, so get something tight and smooth.
Two colors of Aunt Lydias #5 or comparable crochet cotton will make a good spiral pattern shoestring. For thicker cord, thicker thread/string or more than 8 strands will be required.
Kumihimo disks are now marketed as “Friendship bracelet” kits at the hobby stores. They are about the size and shape of a CD/DVD. You can even cut your own if you can find a 3/16 to 1/4 inch thick foam sheet. Gluing the thinner sheets together will work, but not really worth the effort unless you just can’t find one and have time for the glue to dry.
If you wish to do lengths suitable for trim or anything more useful than a bracelet, You will also need embroidery floss “bobbins?” to keep the dangly bits from tangling.
The disks are also available online but are more expensive.