I've spent the past week or so learning the basics of a new skill: kumihimo, or Japanese braiding. I've admired these braids for quite a while and discovered a tutorial on YouTube that made it seem easy. Several types of wooden equipment are available for kumihimo braiding, but you can get started with just a slotted disc (made from high density foam and available commercially at reasonable cost). While waiting for mine to arrive, I cut slits into the plastic top of a large coffee can and made my first 2 braids.
Finally the kumi disc arrived! I love it – it's so much easier to keep even tension on the strings!
I expected a much "steeper" ridge.
And finally, a beaded braid.
Now I'm waiting for a book with lots of patterns to arrive. I'll keep you posted!