Friday, August 23, 2013

How to make a Kumihimo Braided Bracelet {or Anklet}

Today I'm going to share with you how I made this Kumihimo Braided Bracelet/Anklet. Don't be intimidated by this. It's so easy - my 11 year old even made one for her friend.

Supplies needed:
Kumihimo Loom {I got mine from Prima Bead}
Embroidery Thread or Kumihimo Cord

To begin, decide how long you would like the finished bracelet. Then multiply that by 4 and add 12 inches. You will cut four strands at that length. {Two strands of each color}

For example, I wanted my bracelets 7 1/2 inches long. 7.5 X 4 = 30.  Then 30 + 12 = 42. So I cut two strands of cream thread and two strands of turquoise thread that were 42 inches each.

Find the middle of your threads and tie them together with a small piece of string. Then tie on a weight of some kind. You could use a heavy bead, a small toy, whatever you can find around the house.... I found this little gauge that had a hole in it, not sure what it's for, but it worked well for this.

You are now ready to set up your loom and begin braiding.

Step 1: Pull your thread up through the hole in the center. Place one strand {turquoise} on each side of the N and S. Then place one strand {cream} on each side of the W and E.

Step 2: Grab the turquoise thread that is on the right of the N. Pull it out of the loom and place it in the next available space to the right of the S {Space 14, if you can read those small numbers}

Step 3: Now grab the turquoise thread to the left of the S and place it in the next available space to the left of the N. {Space 30}

Step 4: Turn the loom so the E is at the top.

Step 5: Grab the cream thread to the right of the E and place it in the next available spot to the right of the W.

Step 6: Grab the cream thread to the left of the W and place it in the next available spot to the left of the E.

Step 7: Turn the loom so the S is at the top and repeat the process. Continue until the braid is as long as you would like it to be.  When you are finished take each of turquoise threads off the loom and tie them in a knot right up next to the braid. Then repeat with the cream threads.

After the first few turns your threads will no longer line up with the letters, just continue the pattern.

To finish it off I just tied it in a knot after it was on my ankle. I'm planning on wearing it the rest of the summer.

So what do you think? It's pretty easy, isn't it? If you have any questions, I'd be happy to try and help. And if you buy a loom it will probably come with instructions - at least the ones from Prima Bead did.

I have more Kumihimo tutorials in the works. Here is the schedule:
Sept 6 - Embroidery Thread and Seed Bead Bracelets {How-To}

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  1. Great tutorial! And the gauge you found for your weight was perfect. :-)

  2. BTW - that's a Champion spark plug gauge, very cool use for it!

  3. Nice read! I like the suggestions.

  4. I love that you have a formula for calculating the length of thread to start with! Does it work with all types of cording?

    1. I haven't tried many types of cording, but I would guess that the formula would work for them all.

  5. Also glad to find a formula for calculating the length of thread required, I have a non standard project to do in Kumihimo Thank you, most folk dive in to your making a bracelet so you need this much yarn.



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