My new little sister, Tori, introduced me to Kumihimo. Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique that creates beautiful cords made by interlacing strands of floss or yarn. She showed me friendship bracelets that she made using this technique and they are super cool. It took me awhile to catch on but when I did, I discovered it was really fun and relatively easy.
Your supplies are simple: a Kumihimo disk- I paid about $13 for mine, and DMC colored floss or a DK yarn – either are pretty inexpensive at Michael’s or Joann’s.
The disk is a must. It is lightweight and made of foam; mine is round and has 32 notches. You can also get a Maru dai for thicker yarn or string. With the Maru dai you can make braids that are flat, four-sided, or hollow. You can even add beads to your pattern and make some amazing things. So many possibilities!
There are three levels of difficulty: K1 for beginner,K2 for intermediate, and K3 for expert
I found a couple quick patterns here. Have fun and Happy Braiding!
Update: August 29,2012
Look for videos on YouTube. This one was helpful: RubberStanpRosie
You can also find free patterns for many friendship bracelets here at friendship-bracelets.net