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Yubinuki that is a Japanese thimble that is actually a finger ring. Form, function and aesthetics are combined with one another in a very typical way in Japan. Craftsmanship, precession, beauty come together, and yet it is important not to lose sight of function and form. Even if it's just a thimble, it is a small masterpiece. Attention is paid to the smallest details.


  • Solid paper, not normal copier paper (I used solid squared paper, it makes cutting along the squares easier, because 1 cm wide strips of paper are required)
  • Fine bias tape (I use ready-made bias tape and cut off a wing to get the ideal width)
  • Sewing silk / buttonhole silk or fine pearl thread for "embroidery"
  • strong thread to wrap around the curvature of the ring, or fine cotton or silk wadding
  • several needles
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • duct tape
  • Round part as a base for wrapping around e.g. Labello, battery, Edding. In the course of the tutorial, I'll just write from the pen.

The ring base

For the ring base you need the paper, tape, scissors, the bias tape, sewing floss and a needle.

  • Wrap the bias tape around the pin. Fold in the bottom end by 5 mm, overlap the top end by at least 1 cm (better a bit more than too little and it can be cut away if necessary). Wrap it loosely, sewing it together pulls the fabric together and it shouldn't be done all at once there is not enough material.
  • Now wrap the paper strips tightly around the pen, up to a thickness of 2-3 mm.
  • Fold the bias tape up over the paper, (a bit fiddly) and sew together with the witch stitch and pull together. Depending on the width of the bias tape, so that it meets or overlaps. (I cut my bias tape wider, so it partially overlaps on me). Do not start with the tucked-in bias tape end. Always dress nicely while sewing and make sure that the bias tape still overlaps well at the end.
  • And voila the base for the ring is ready. Nothing changes in the ring size, so you can test right away whether it fits and otherwise create a base in the right size. (If you have a goldsmith in your environment, you can ask him about the height of the stick to find the right ring size)

Mark the distances

To mark the distance, I take a strip of paper and put it around the base and mark the circumference. Then I divide the ring evenly, how many segments depend a little on the pattern. A good place to start is with 8 or 10 segments. With one of the rings I left the paper with the marking under the wadding, with the other I marked the segments on the edge with a pencil. It is simply important that there is an even segment subdivision at the end. If the division is not even, the pattern will not be even. Anyway, accuracy is very important here.

Pad the ring

Wrap cotton wool or yarn around the ring so that it is slightly curved, there should be no bumps and the whole thing should be wrapped tightly.

Sew / embroider the ring

When designing the pattern you have extremely many options, just by choosing the color and how many anchor (start) points you use, all rounds are wound in the same direction, how are the rounds wound one after the other and are still woven or not. The possibilities are felt to be endless. Even if you always work with the same number of anchors, you can only design so many different variants through the choice of color. And when it comes to weaving the whole thing (I haven't tried it yet) ...

  • To start, pierce the edge from the middle of the ring, leave a little thread (will be cut off later). Place the first anchor and then do the first round.
  • Always tighten the thread, pulling the thread in the direction of the thread leading to the stitch. Then lay in the direction of the next stitch. And take the next stitch.
  • To end a thread, stitch at the beginning of the round, then in the batting and then cut the thread.

Yubinuki variants

1 anchor

The simplest and simplest version of a Yubinuki is only worked with a single anchor / starting point and then one round after the other is made until the ring is completely covered. However, all those who have more experience write that you can see every botch and error because nothing distracts from them.

How does the simplest of all versions work:

  • 1 anchor
  • a direction
  • as many rounds as necessary in one direction to completely embroider the ring
  • Colors according to your mood, I used a fine pearl thread with a gradient for my version, so the ring has not become totally boring. However, it is also very useful to work with several colors

2 anchors

With two anchors / starting points there are many more design options. You can vary a lot how the rounds cross and how and where which colors are used.

  • 2 anchors
  • a direction
  • Variant A: anchor 1, 1 round anchor 2, 1 round anchor 1, 1 round anchor 2, 1 round etc
  • Variant B: Anchor 1, 2 round anchors 2, 2 round anchors 1, 2 rounds etc and so on
  • And of course you can let off steam with the colors. With my blue-pink version, I first made both anchors with pink and made so many rounds until the ring was half full. Then I switched to blue on both anchors and then finally a pink rune on both anchors. With the multi-colored Yubinuki I first made two rounds of dark green on both anchors, then two rounds of light green on both anchors, then two rounds of yellow on both anchors, etc.
  • The color you start with is at the bottom and you are the least visible at the end.

3, 4 or more anchors

Despite the apparently elaborate pattern, Yubinuki with 3 or 4 anchors are also very easy to make. For example, if you want to rework the well-known triangle pattern, you simply have to assign a different color to each anchor and then always work one round after the other. For example with the red blue yellow ring: first a round of yellow, then a round of blue, then a round of red and then another round of yellow ...

And of course you can take the whole thing to extremes with even more anchors so that the pattern becomes smaller and smaller. (You should also switch to sewing floss) You simply have a lot of threads with needles hanging from the Yubinuki. And as long as you don't forget where the starting point is, nothing can go wrong.

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