(( Bracelets )) Kumihimo Flat Braid
|Table of contents||1. Materials|
2. Step by Step
2.1. Step 1
2.2. Step 2
2.3. Step 3
2.4. Step 4
2.5. Step 5
-A Kumihimo Plate (You can make your own out of cardboard or dense foam. I used a round one, a square one can be used for this too.)
- 3-5 (or more if you so desire) 20 inch strings in two colors (so 6-10, or more)
- 2 strings about 40 inches long of a third color
In this example I will use purple, green and pink and it will be 4 strings wide.
4 purple at 20 inches each
4 green at 20 inches each
2 pink at 40 inches each
Step by Step
Tie your strings together and assemble them so that all of one color is at the top, all of the second color is at the bottom and one string each of the third color are to the left and right.
Going from left to right, start at the bottom and move the first string to the first empty slot on the top. Then move the first string from the top up to the newly vacant spot at the bottom.
Continue doing this until all of your strings (except the two on the sides) are opposite of where they started.
Now pull your side strings tight so that everythin
Cross the left side string to the right, and the right to the left.
I like to always start with the left and cross over the top to keep it even. *See further below!
This is important
- For a straight flat braid you need to repeat the steps above in opposite way. Start with the top left string, then the bottom left string, instead of bottom first and then top. I also changed the crossing of the side-stri
- For a spiral braid you need to turn the plate, and then repeat the steps above.
VariationThe above is just one way of braiding a flat kumihimo. There are many more ways you can move your strings. Every way has it?s own possibili
See in the comments under some of the pictures uploaded to this tutorial for instructi
And see below for more patterns.
Repeat after the last step. Note that in some steps (step 5 and step 8) you only move strings to make space for the next step!