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Friday, February 8, 2013

kumihimo...

Very cool, but something I can not talk and create at the same time.  

You can purchase the disk, nylon cord, & plastic bobbins
at your local hobby shop.
The silver end caps I found at my local bead shop.
Once finished, I threaded the loose ends through the cap.
Then I unraveled  & knotted each end.
This takes some practice.  I still continue to find I'm off count & I made the most simple braid listed.  I had to repeat in my head 'left - left, right - right'...as I wanted to go right - left and vise versa. Tension was tough to keep with the nylon cording but I wanted something super durable as I plan to carry this purse for a long long time!  Oh, and a pro at this mentioned one day...'it stretches'.  So while I was braiding, I pulled.  

In total, it's worth the effort to learn this.  My head is full of many applications for this braid down the road on future projects.  



2 comments:

  1. What cord is that you are using to braid you strap? Do the curly tassels straighten, wear or tangle after you've used your purse for a while?

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  2. It's a nylon that I purchased from a hobby store chain. Sadly, I've lost the label info but it comes on the spool as pictured in my post. I chose this for durability and so far so great. The tassel is just the ends of the cord unwound. I did tie a knot at the end of each separate to keep them from fraying further. I've been using my purse daily and it still looks brand new!

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