Kumihimo – Simple 8-Warp Braid

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Kumihimo braids can incorporate an even number of strands. Here we show you a simple standard 8-warp braid.
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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 larger beads you'll want to make the length a little longer.
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Step 1

Tie eight 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.

Step 5

Divide the cords into pairs, and slide each one into the slots on either side of the dots on the top of the disk. Keep the tension even on all pairs, and try to keep the knot centered in the hole.

Step 6

Hold the board with “32” at the top. Pull the bottom left warp thread across the disk, and into the notch on the left of the two warps at the top.

Step 7

Next, Pull the top right warp thread across the disk, and into the notch on the left of the single warp at the bottom.

Step 8

Rotate the disk 90° counterclockwise, to position the next pair of warp threads at the top.

Step 9

Pull the bottom left warp thread across the disk, and into the notch on the left of the two warps at the top. 

Step 10

Next, take the warp from the top right, and bring it across the disk, and into the notch on the left of the single warp at the bottom.

Step 11

Rotate the disk 90° counterclockwise, to position the next pair of warp threads at the top.

Step 12

Pull the bottom left warp thread across the disk into the notch on the left of the two warps at the top.

Step 13

Next, take the warp from the top right and bring it across the disk into the notch on the left of the single warp at the bottom.

Step 14

Rotate the disk 90° counterclockwise, to position the next pair of warp threads at the top.

Step 15

Pull the bottom left warp thread across the disk into the notch on the left of the two warps at the top.

Step 16

Next, take the warp from the top right and bring it across the disk into the notch on the left of the single warp at the bottom.

Tip: 

If you need to stop while you are weaving, leave three warp threads at the top to clearly indicate where you stopped.

Step 17

Maintain even tension on all of the warp threads, and the braid forming in the center. Continue to repeat steps 13–15 until the braid reaches the desired length.

Step 18

Tie an overhand knot at the end.

Step 19

Congratulations, you have learned to to weave a Kumihimo braid! To attach a clasp see Kumihimo - Clasp Option 1 Technique.

       

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