Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Just recently I came across this bracelet making technique I have never seen before even though it’s only been around a couple thousand years. : )  It is called Kumihimo and it comes from Japan. This is just the very basic technique of Kumihimo, there are many much more complicated ones you can find on the Internet.
Anyhow, I tried to make the braiding disk from cardboard and it works great! I made my first bracelet in no time! And my daughter Tila loves it as well. It’s a great car-ride or waiting room entertainment for kids.

So, the only things you need are:

-a piece of cardboard
-something round like a cup or glass
-a pencil
-yarn or wool in different colours (7 different if possible)

1. Draw a circle on the cardboard using a glass or whatever round

2. Cut it out and draw 4 lines across the disc to create 4 equal segments – you don’t have to be to precise, just try to get them as equal as possible

3. Now draw lines in the middle of each of the four segments again in order to get 8 equal.

4. Cut each line about a half of centime deep.

5. Make small hole in the middle using something sharp like a pencil tip or a knitting needle. Again, do not worry if you miss the middle – I missed it by A LOT! My coffee hadn’t kicked in yet. 🙂 You’re done with the disc!

6. Cut 7 different colors of yarn about 50 cm long and make a knot about 10 cm away from ends

7.Thread them all through the hole, leaving the knot on the other side.

8. Strand each piece of the yarn and slot them through the 7 cut lines. One stays empty. Turn the disc so the empty line is at the bottom

9. And now the magic begins: take the 3rd strand to the left of the empty line, take it out

and move it into the empty line.

10.Turn the disc so the empty line is at the bottom again and repeat: the third strand goes out…

into the empty line…

…and turn the disc. And so on…

until you see a pretty tail coming through the bottom of the disc.

When the bracelet is long enough, take all of the strands out from the cut lines and make a knot at the end of the braid. You classic-braid the free yard or just leave it as is.

Isn’t this one of the most fun things you have ever seen?

Polona x


Comments (5)

September 12, 2018

Ooo, am definitely going to try this with my 8yr old daughter! We find the knotted bracelets so fiddly, and they take ages to make! Thanks for the great tutorial! x

September 12, 2018

I know she’ll love that, and you too – it makes them so occupied, meaning some quiet time for you! 😉

September 12, 2018

I love this! Thankyou! Just made some this afternoon with my daughter. I think I had more fun than she did!

September 13, 2018

Right, isn’t it super fun? I think so too! And thank you so so much for your sweet comment!!

September 24, 2018

Preciosas!!! Muchísimas gracias por compartir!!!

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