The ancient art of Japanese knotted cord work- kumihimo- is making a huge splash. It’s so easy when you use the Beadsmith foam boards (available on our website), you can create a bracelet, anklet or necklace in a snap.
- 1.5 metres x green nylon knotting cord
- 1.5 metres x red nylon knotting cord
- 1.5 metres x orange nylon knotting cord
- 1.5 metres x dark blue nylon knotting cord
- 1 x 6mm strong jump ring
- 1 best friends double metal charm
- 1 plain leather drop
- kumihimo board
- E-6000 glue
- 2 x crimping pliers
Cut the cord into 75cm lengths, so that you have 8 pieces of cord 75cm long. Gather one set of ends together and tie together in a knot. Pull all strands through the centre hole of the disk, leaving the knot on the back side. Bring it up tight.
Starting at the top, pull one red strand through the slit to the left of number 32. Pull a dark blue strand through the slit to the right side of 32. Pull one orange strand through the slit on the left of number 8 and a green strand through the slit on right of number 8. Continue with the red then dark blue strands either side of number 16 and the orange and green strands either side of 24. You should now have one strand on each side of the black dots on your board (image 1).
Position the disk so that 32 is at the top. Now take the blue cord on the right of 32 and move it down to the slit between 14 and 15 (this is what is shown in the image). Then take the blue cord between 16 and 17 and move it up to sit between 30 and 31 (ie from the top right to the bottom right, then from the bottom left to the top left) (image 2).
Turn your disk a quarter turn to the right so that 24 is now at the top. Take the green cord between 24 and 25 and move it to the slit between 6 and 7. Take the green cord between 8 and 9 and move it up to the slit between 22 and 23 (ie, again, from the top right to the bottom right, then from the bottom left to the top left).
Turn the disk one quarter turn to the right so that 15 is at the top. Take the red cord between 15 and 16 and move to between 29 and 30. Move the red cord between 31 and 32 up to between 13 and 14.
Turn disk one quarter turn so that 7 is at the top. Move the orange cord between 7 and 8 down to between 21 and 22. Move the orange cord between 23 and 24 to between 5 and 6. Turn disk one quarter turn. Continue until you have 25cm of woven cord trailing down the back of the disk.
Remove the strands and gather together tightly. Check the length - remember that you will be knotting ends, which will add a little length. Thread on the plain leather drop. Knot the ends off, then add a dab of glue to both knots.
Leave to dry for 10 minutes. Snap the charm so that it is in two pieces. Add a jump ring to one part of the charm, and join it to the leather drop. Now you need to repeat to make a second for your best friend!
PRO TIP - if you need to pause whilst making your bracelet, always stop when you have three cords on the bottom (like in our second illustration). That way, when you restart, you will taking the cord from the bottom left and moving it to the top left. If you stick to this habit, you shouldn't lose your spot!
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