I started doing one bracelet for my daughter and one more, for my son, and another pattern, and … And I ended up braiding half a dozen. After learning the basics, you’ll see that you can braid without even really thinking. It feels so zen and keeps my hands occupied while thinking about other stuff or watching series.
All you need are threads and a weaving wheel. I bought a beginner kit that included 2 foam kumihimo discs along with a bunch of colored embroidery threads. Don’t worry if you do not have a weaving wheel, you can easily create one with card board. the foam wheel is very nice to use though, because it holds the threads very well. Some wheels sold in stores even have the patterns drawn on it along with the instructions on where to put the threads.
For each of the patterns explained below, you’ll need to cut threads of about 20 inches / 50 cm long. Tie a knot at the end and then place the threads as shown in step 1 of the pattern. The braiding steps are repeated until you are satisfied with the lenght of the bracelet.
The 16 threads patterns are essentially braided the same way as the 8 threads pattern. You work on opposing pairs of threads, lower the top right to bottom right, move bottom left to top left and then rotate COUNTERCLOCKWISE to start working on the next pair.
Twisting 12 Threads
Pay attention, the steps are a little different from the other 2 patterns.
Challenge for YOU
Make a kumihimo bracelet. Show us your pattern.