Martenitsa Bracelet – the KUMIHIMO Technique
As we didn’t have the original kumihimo disk, we made our own and the result was quite impressive. It’s pretty, it’s easy enough for kids – and you only have to show them how to move the strings along the circle (count 1, 2, 3 and move to the empty slot).
My daughter immediately made a bracelet for her friend… it’s easy, and it’s fun!
To make the braiding base (faux kumihimo disk):
Take a piece of medium-thick cardboard (not the thickest kind as there will be some fine cutting to do). Use a glass to draw a circle.
Using a pencil and a ruler, divide the circle in two parts (1.) , then four (2.), then add the two last lines to make 8 parts (3. and 4.).
Snip the ends with scissors.
6. Trim around the edges so the string would not get caught.
7. Make a hole at the center and spin it a couple of times around the tip of the scissors to enlarge it.
8. You can now proceed to actually braid the bracelet.
Tie a knot at the end of a bunch of 7 strings (about 40 cm long). Thread the strings through the hole. Your choice of colors will determin the pattern of the bracelet.
It’s very easy… I hope I manage to explain it :)
Put the strings into the slots. Turn the disk so that the only empty slot points downwards. This place is marked as 0 on the picture. Count 1,2,3 and move string number 3 to slot 0..
Turn the disk again so the empty slot points downwards… and repeat the process, moving string number 3 to slot 0.
As you keep repeating those steps, your bracelet will slowly start showing through the hole.