Kumihimo-Braided Bracelets and Lariats
Tell recipients of these gorgeously textured accessories that you relied on kumihimo (translation: "gathered threads"), the ancient Japanese braiding technique, to create them.
The secret to these surprisingly simple projects is a kumihomo disk, available at crafts stores. It's a foam or cardboard circle the size of a CD with notches around its edge to keep the strands (try cord, yarn, or leather) in place as you twist them into lariat necklaces or wrap bracelets. Best of all, these one-of-a-kind pieces are one-size-fits all.
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