I bought this book from a Waterstones a month ago called “A Beginner’s Guide to Kumihimo” by Donna Mckean-Smith as I wanted to learn how to make beaded kumihimo bracelets. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to make kumihimo.
I did find out that the sort of beads and cord that I have don’t really suit this project, so I went with another braiding project instead. This is a picture of the “Jodie” bracelet and it uses only seven cords with a different braiding pattern.
The starting pattern looks like this. You set it up like a normal eight-cord on your kumihimo disc but miss the third one going clockwise. I chose a mix of white, silver, and blue satin cords.
Then all you have to do is move the cord at the top into the missing gap, and rotate the disc so that the gap is always in the same location. It is super easy and I found that I had already completed the bracelet in a matter of minutes.
The finished braid fit into a 5-6mm end cap. I added a small silver charm at the end. Since it uses seven colours, I think a rainbow braid would look good too!