Kumihimo is a form of Japanese braiding. With the aid of a hand held disc or a table top stand, strands are interlaced amongst each other, creating a cord that can be used for a variety of purposes. The threads are managed by wrapping them onto bobbins, and tension of the cord is kept even by attaching a small weight to the bottom of the cord.
You can vary the look of the resulting braid by varying the number, color, and/or weights of the threads. Depending on how you set up the threads on the disc, you can create cords with spirals, arrowheads, or blocks of color and texture. You can string beads onto the threads prior to braiding and work them into your patterns, too. You quickly fall into the rhythm of braiding, and can create a long piece in a short amount of time. It’s been fun experimenting with this technique.
Below is my first effort at kumihimo—a friendship bracelet using needlework thread. If you look hard enough you can see the dog hair that got braided in, LOL!