Blue Coral Kumihimo Bracelet
Designed by: Holly Eve
Cut 4 lengths of cord measuring approx. 100cm each.
Holding all 4 cords together, fold in the middle of the cords and knot together creating 8 ends. Place the knot through the hole in the centre of the braiding board. Spread the cords, placing them at the top, bottom, left and right on either side of the dots, in the notches of the braiding board (each cord in a notch is called a warp).
Turn the braiding board over and thread on approx. 20 seed beads onto each of the 8 threads.
Next thread on 10 pip beads onto each thread.
Finally, thread on 20 more seed beads onto each of the 8 threads.
Wrap each cord into its own no-tangle bobbin. You may want to add a weight to the knot to help your braid pull downwards and keep tension as you work.
You should have a warp either side of dot 32. Rotate the board so you are holding this dot at the top. Take the warp from the notch to the left of dot 16 (at the bottom) and move it straight upwards to the notch to the left of the two warps at the top. You will now have 3 warps at the top and one at the bottom. Now take the warp furthest right at the top and bring it down to the right of the remaining bottom warp. Turn the braiding board 90 degrees counter-clockwise and repeat the same process, moving the bottom left warp to the top left, and the top right warp to the bottom right. Repeat this without adding any beads into your weave.
Repeat until you have approx 0.5cm of your braid that will be glued into your end cap.
Continue to move beads into your braid until you have used all the beads on your 8 strands.
Continue to braid after you have used your beads to create the 0.5cm braid that will be glued into the endcap.
Remove cords from the notches and knot together so the braid doesn’t unravel.
Now whip the ends to secure.
To whip, wrap the nymo thread tightly around the braid just below the knot, and sew through the braid a couple of times to make sure it is securely fastened.
Repeat this on the other end so that the braid that will be glued into the end caps are thick enough to sit in the caps.
When you are happy that you have secured the braid; take some sharp scissors and cut off the knot close to the whip. To complete, glue on end caps and add your clasp and extension chain using jump rings.
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