How to Make a 10-Warp Flat Kumihimo Braid

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Designer: Julie Bean
In this video, see how to use a Kumihimo square disc and braid a 10-warp flat braid. This pretty braid lays flat and would be a great option for wrap bracelets, belts, or even dog collars and leashes.
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Hi, this is Julie with Beadaholique.com and today I want to show you How to Make a 10-Warp Flat Kumihimo Braid you're probably more familiar with a round Braid using a round disk and it's numbers one through thirty two with the little dots on it so this creates a really nice round braid and then if you want to create a flat braid you use a square disk and the square disk is a little bit different and besides the different shape itself you've got numbers at the top one through ten and eleven through twenty at the bottom and then on the side you actually have letters, you've got capital A through J on the left and got lower case a through j on the right it's a bit of a different process and I do want to give you a heads up before you start. If you are used to the round braid give yourself some time to adjust to the square disk the round disk you've probably if you've done it you know it's very zen like, you just go into a trance, you can turn off your brain, it's just very repetitive with this square one it takes a little bit more time to get used to is very fun once you get into it but allow yourself to really just work your way through it, to start it's a little bit more complicated, it uses a little bit more brain power but it turns out a wonderful braid and it will click but you have to do it a little bit more before clicks, it's not quite as easy as the round disk so what I've done here is a 10-Warp which of course means I've got ten strands so I just tied a simple knot at the end and I put it through the middle and then I took my warps and I just put them into the slots you see I got six up top. I've got them on numbers three through eight and at the bottom I've got four and numbers fourteen through seventeen and then I've wind my excess rattail onto these bobbins. If you're not familiar with how to wind your bobbins they're very easy they've got a pop action to them they just open and then you just take the end of your strand and then just wind it around leave as much as you're comfortable with at the bottom, you don't have to get to it too tangled you want them to hang below I have different size bobbins here Doesn't really matter what size you use as long as they're large enough to contain your amount of cord, I'm using satin rattail here so now I take a Kumihimo weight and I'm just going to attach it to my strands, what this will do it's going to pull my braid down through the center keeping my tension nice and tight and it really just make it a lot easier I find to braid to begin move warps to the side. Your going to take your warp from number five and move it over to the lower case e take number six move it over to the capital E You've vacated two slots. So the first time we're gonna move into is notch fifteen to five. Now we vacated fifteen move four to fifteen move fourteen to four and three to fourteen we just did the left side of our board. Now we need to do the right side of our board so what we're going to do here is move sixteen up to that vacated six spot and seven down to sixteen seventeen up to seven and eight down to seventeen we did up down up down and now have to replace our side warps you have to move capital E up to three and lower case e up to eight and now we just repeat the same sequence over again take your five and move it to notch e See how we're starting to cross our braids down here take our six to capitol E that take our fifteen up to five four is going down to fifteen your fourteen go up to four and three comes down to fourteen. We just did the left half take your sixteen up to six seventeen down to sixteen you're seventeen up to seven and eight down to seventeen so we've done the right hand it's all reputation again replace our side ones and bring them back up to the top take the capital E up to three lower case e repeat five is gonna go to the lower case six go to the capital E and fifteen up to five four down to fifteen fourteen up to four three down to fourteen and just you're working your way over and then we have six empty here, so sixteen goes to six move over to the right seven goes down to the sixteen, move over to the right, so seventeen goes up to seven, move over to the right eight goes down to seventeen replace your braids on the side take your E to the three e to the eight Keep doing this because it does take a little bit for it to just click I want to show you enough of this briad so it really makes sense five going over the lower case e, we're crossing a over all of our strands six goes over the capital E, again crossing over our strands do the the left side fifteen to five fourteen to fifteen fourteen to four three to fourteen the right side sixteen to six seven to sixteen seventeen to seven and eight to seventeen replace our side warps and then just repeat, at some point it's just going to click, you're not going actually even think of the numbers anymore, it's going to be the repetitive pattern I'm going to do it a few times, the pattern not saying the numbers I've done this for a bit. Return my top ones and I to show you what we have this far This how our braid is starting to look, you see it's a flat braid It's really important that you keep the tension straight. You can see I got a little bit tighter in the middle so my braid went to this to this so that's important. I've also found with this braid I actually end up cutting off part of the end just because it does end up a little bit wonky down at the bottom. So I'm going to go for a little bit more off camera and then come back and show you what a little bit of a longer braid looks like so you can actually see the pattern that develops. So as you can see I've been braiding for quite a bit and I want to show you what this braid now looks like. So it is called a 10-Warp Flat braid for obvious reasons it's pretty flat. It has a nice low-profile to it. It has a good thickness a little heft. This is using the one millimeter satin rattail I want to show you a couple quick things about this I always find that my beginning is little wobbly and so when I attached my ends I'm going to actually cut it about here so I don't have to worry about that you will see there is all a little wobble both here and there. That is really common with this and what is causing that little wobble is it's tension here. Just how strong and how much effort your pulling your threads with I find I usually get these little wobbles when I put my Kumihimo down, I go do something else and I pick it up a little bit later I'm working with a slightly different tension versus when I'm in the zone and it's just flowing so it's just a couple of tips to keep in mind and then in an up coming video I'm going to show you how to actually go ahead and finish off your ends for Flat Kumihimo Braids and then turn it into what this is going to be it's actually going to be a bracelet.

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