It’s Jewelry Month over at Consumer Crafts and a few weeks ago, when I knew I was going to write a jewelry tutorial, I decided to try out a completely new (to me!) jewelry making technique called Kumihimo. Using the technique, I came up with these cool ombre yarn bracelets!
“So, what exactly is Kumihimo?” I’m glad you asked!
It’s the tradition Japanese art of braid making and if you Google it, you’ll see tons of amazing and intricate designs. Once you understand the process, it’s actually really easy and totally something you can do while sitting at the park or watching TV. This would also be a perfect camp or summer activity.
Let’s get started!
Supplies needed to make your own ombre Kumihimo yarn bracelets:
Step 1. For each bracelet, cut four strands of yarn, each one four times the amount you need to go around your wrist. If you decide to make an ombre yarn bracelet, you’re going to need either yarn with a color scheme you like or you’ll have to dye your own with alcohol inks and spray bottles. If you’re dyeing, create a gradient by keeping the colors in the center.
Step 3. I highly suggest you follow the instructions included in the kit at this point! Once you understand how to position the yarn and the process by which you create the braid, it’s really quite easy. The only hint I have that’s not mentioned in the booklet is when you have to take a break or stop, always end when you have three strands on one side of the disc (like in image #2 and #4). That way you’ll know exactly where to start when you pick it up again!
I should warn you, Kumihimo is totally addictive! There are tons of different patterns you can make. There’s even a heart one that I really like, but that’ll have to be a totally different tutorial. 🙂