Hi Everyone! I thought I would share this FUN, EASY way to weave string or yarn/embroidery floss (or even PLASTIC BAGS!!!!!!) into a cord or bracelet! This technique or craft is called Kumihimo (pronounced: Koo-me-hee-mo). Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique. Originally used to build armor it’s a type of weaved braid that creates a very durable and strong length of yarn/thread. Today we (generally) use a disc to create our items but in ancient times the women would use wooden holders that sat on a table. Perhaps your parents learned this braiding technique as a way to make friendship bracelets!
I REALLY like how my art teacher friend, Mrs. Stephens, uses a small piece of paper (or a cereal box) to create a cord - helper. This "compass loom" is a super helpful way to keep your strings organized while you make a cord. Click on the photo of the cord to watch Mrs. Stephens set up and make her circle and begin the weaving steps! But the super cool thing about this technique - is you can do this with just about ANY material you can find that you can turn into long strips! I LOVE this technique for doing this with plastic bags, and a slightly different "loom", which Darlene made from a yogurt top!
Art Friends, this is something we would have done at school this month, and it is DEFINITELY going to be a field day station in the future! This is a great activity to keep your hands busy while you are on a walk, or just chilling outside with your family - I hope you enjoy it! It is SUPER FUN and, honestly, super addicting!!! Once you get the flow of the weaving/braiding, you will really enjoy it so much!