Kumihimo – Simple 10-Warp Flat Braid

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Start with 10 strands to weave this flat braided cord. Each strand is referred to as a warp.
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Tip 1Multiply your cord by three to get the desired length you want your Kumihimo braid to be. This rule of thumb should accommodate most designs unless you are using larger beads. If using beads you'll want to make the length a little longer.
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Step 1

Tie 10 pieces of cord together with an overhand knot, about one inch from the end of the cords.

Step 2

Place the knot in the center hole, with the long cord ends coming across the top of the disk.

Step 3

Wind the long end of each cord around a no-tangle bobbin.

Step 4

Position the bobbins so they hang just below the disk. If desired, a weight can be attached to the knotted end to add tension, which helps with the weaving.

Step 5

Place one warp thread in slots 3-8 and 14-17.

Step 6

Move the warp from slot 5 to slot e.

Step 7

Move the warp from slot 6 to E.

Step 8

Move the warp from slot 15 to 5.

Step 9

Move the warp from slot 4 to slot 15.

Step 10

Move the warp from slot 14 to slot 4.

Step 11

Move the warp from slot 3 to 14.

Step 12

Move the warp from slot 16 to 6.

Step 13

Move the warp from slot 7 to slot 16.

Step 14

Move the warp from slot 17 to slot 7.

Step 15

Move the warp from slot 8 to slot 17.

Step 16

Move the warp from slot e to slot 8.

Step 17

Move the warp from slot E to slot 3.

Step 18

Start the cycle of weaving again by moving the warp from slot 5 to slot e.

Step 19

Move the warp from slot 6 to slot E.

Step 20

Move the warp from slot 15 to slot 5.

Step 21

Move the warp from slot 4 to slot 15.

Step 22

Move the warp from slot 14 to slot 4.

Step 23

Move warp from slot 3 to slot 14.

Step 24

Move the warp from slot 16 to slot 6.

Step 25

Move the warp from slot 7 to slot 16.

Step 26

Move the warp from slot 17 to slot 7.

Step 27

Move the warp from slot 8 to slot 17.

Step 28

Move the warp from slot e to slot 8.

Step 29

Move the warp from slot E to slot 3.

Step 30

Continue to repeat steps 18-29 until the rope reaches the desired length.

Step 31

Take the cord off the bobbins and tie an overhand knot at the end of the braid, and trim the cord to about an inch.

Step 32

Congratulations, you have learned to to weave a flat Kumihimo braid!

       

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