I have a reader-requested DIY coming up for you soon my friends! First I am going to show you how to create your own braided cord using a kumihimo disk. You’ll need to know how to do this for the upcoming bracelet tutorial. I was originally going to do it in one post but it might never load with the number of images it would require, so you are just going to have to get it in two posts instead.
You can create your own cord with beautiful patterns and colors using this simple tool. Today I am going to show you how to make an 8 strand kumihimo braid. It is actually very similar to plain old boondoggle but using the disk allows you to create a cord that is even and professional-looking. I like to think of kumihimo as grown-up boondoggle. It also makes it a lot easier to use slippery materials like rattail because the disk helps hold things in place. It is a LOT easier than it sounds so make sure you at least try it out.
To make a simple 8-strand kumihimo braided cord bracelet you will need:
- A Kumihimo disk, I got mine here, but the other day I saw one at Wal-Mart.
- Rattail. I used four colors so that the tutorial would be easier to follow but you could use 1, 2, 4 or 8 for this.
- A weight. I used a bag of change but you could use dried beans or something else.
Cut off 4 long strands of rattail, one in each color, all of them the same length. Gather them together and fold them in half so you have a loop, place the loop so that it is below the knot of your weight. Create an over hand knot in the strands so that it looks like the image. The loop should be small enough that you can lift up the strands and the weight will just hang there. Then, pull the ends through the whole in the kumihimo disk.
Keep repeating the process until the cord reaches the desired length. The weight will pull the cord down and keep everything even.
Once you’ve got it to the desired length. Pull the strands out of the notches and tie another overhand knot. Pull the knot tight. Remove the weight.
If you made the loop at the top small enough than one knot on the end will do to work as a clasp, if not, you might have to tie a second knot before trimming the ends.
See that nice spiral pattern? Thanks from having the dark colors opposite each other and the light colors opposite each other when I started the bracelet. Mess around with starting them in different spots and see what patterns you come up with!
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve already got one design using this pattern in the works for you guys. Big thanks to Mина for sending the idea to me on Facebook. Stay tuned for the final design! If there is something you would like to know how to make, let me know in the comments, on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now tell me, will you give kumihimo braiding a try?