I knew there had to be a better way. After some research I found a tool called the Kumihimo plate. Kumihimo translated means "gathering of threads". The earliest Kumihimo in Japan is believed to be dated to the Nara Period (645-784 AD).
While there are many different patterns that I would like to learn after getting myself the square and round tool, my main concern at the moment is a basic three strand braid. Since I didn't find a pattern for this I had to figure it out on my own.
1. After measuring out my desired length I wrap my floss around the bobbins that came in my kit. (These bobbins are the bomb!!) If you do not need such long strands of floss you may be able to get by without using bobbins.
3.Now you will want to lay your floss flat on the Kumihimo plate and place one thread into #11, the next into #12 and the last into #14. While you are braiding you will want to hold the base of your braid with your thumb to keep it taught and laying flat.