I posted this yesterday and accidentally deleted it today! Bill had it in his reader, so was able to copy and paste the text to send me so I could repost. Thanks, Bill 😀
I love simple kumihimo. I've seen some beautiful intricate work with lots of beads and fun patterns, but I'm a textile gal and for me, the point is the yarn/thread I use for the braids. I also like it that doing the basic 8 strand round braid, called kongogumi, is pretty mindless. It's the perfect kind of project to have in progress to be picked up and put down as desired. When I'm tired, I can pick up a disk and do some braiding without counting or having to pay attention. Back in the day when we could get on a bus and go somewhere, it was the perfect portable project, too. I just tucked the disk in my bag and braided away when I felt like it. It's great for scraps, too and I've had a lot of fun trying out different yarns together, seeing how colours, textures and weights work together and seeing what effects result. I like fringe, so I just knot the ends and leave the fringe. In more elaborate work, it's typical to glue or wire findings at the ends, but to be honest, I am not keen on that look, particularly since, for me, it's all about the yarn/thread.
I've made a lot of colourful braids over these last several months, but recently I decided I wanted a more autumnal braid, so I got out some scraps of dark brown thin mercerized cotton yarn and cut two strands. Then I pulled some brown/white textured chunky cotton/acrylic yarn that I got in a charity shop last year. I'd made a hat with it and had some left. I cut 6 strands of that. I loaded the disk and started braiding. I finished the braid last night and this morning, I dug out my collection of beads, pendants, and other bits from deconstructed charity shop jewellery. I knew I had some wooden beads and I was going to those, deciding on the wooden tube beads to go in between the large round ones. I sewed them into the braid and called the necklace done. I am quite smitten with it.
This is the disk I used to make it: