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How to do Flat Kumihimo

Flat kumihimo braids offer an attractive way to add fibers to your jewelry designs. It's easy to create a flat kumihimo braid full of beautiful colors and you can use it in so many ways. Create a belt, use it as a foundation for your necklaces and bracelets, make a headband and more! Follow these steps to start creating your own flat kumihimo braids.
To create a flat kumihimo braid, you will need the square braiding foam disk. This disk has upper case letters on the left and lower case letters on the right, as well as numbers on the top and bottom. The different letters and numbers are important to remember when following pattern directions.Now you will need some cord for your braid. A good rule of thumb is to cut two inches of warp cord for every one inch of finished braid. If the cord is on the thick side, add two to four inches per cord. Cut ten pieces of cord. We used ten 20-inch strands. Six strands feature lavender color, two feature plum and two feature green apple color. Gather all of your cords and tie them in a knot on one end.Place the knot in the center hole of the disk.
Arrange your cords as shown in the diagram. You will have a lavender cord in notches 3 and 4, green apple cords in notches 5 and 6 and lavender cords in notches 7 and 8 on the top. On the bottom, you will have a lavender cord in notch 14, plum cords in notches 15 and 16 and a lavender cord in notch 17To keep even tension while braiding, attach a weight to the knot. We used pennies in a plastic bag.Now you will begin braiding. Move the cord in notch 5 to e. Move the cord in notch 6 to E. Remember to pay attention to whether you are moving the cord to an upper or lower case letter.
Move the cord in notch 15 to 5 and then move the cord in notch 4 to 15.Move the cord in notch 14 to 4 and then move the cord in notch 3 to 14.The cord in notch 16 will go to notch 6 and the cord in notch 7 will go to notch 16.
Move the cord in notch 17 to 7 and then move the cord in notch 8 to 17.Finally, move the cord in notch e to 8 and then move the cord in notch E to 3. Repeat steps 6 through 11 to continue braiding.After several repetitions of these steps, your cords will be back to the original positions. You will also see the braid start to develop.
When your braid is long enough, remove it from the plate, gather the ends and tie them into a knot.To secure the cords, sew back and forth through the braid from edge to edge a few times. Knot and secure your thread. Apply some adhesive above the stitches to prevent fraying.Cut through or just above the adhesive, making sure not to cut through the stitching you just created.
Now you can finish the ends of your flat kumihimo braid. We used a 7mm silver-plated brass kumihimo ribbed cord end and toggle kit. Place the end over the edge of the braid and close with nylon jaw pliers.Use at least two jump rings on the bar end of the clasp and one or more jump rings on the loop end to adjust your design for length. See more of this bracelet here.

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