Overview of project:
Hand-weaved Spiral Braid made on Kumi-Loom
-Setting up a Kumi Loom
Beaded embroidery along the spiral line
-Choosing color and sizes of beads
Finding a use for a found length of wavy blue yarn.
Cut 8 lengths of embroidery floss/yarn: Each length= 1 yd. or ~3 ft.
2 lengths of dark blue, 2 lengths of dark green, 3 lengths of light blue, and 1 length of white
Thread each of the 8 bobbins with a length of floss.
Follow the instructions for the octagonal Kumi Loom to position each length onto the loom's slots.
Tie the 8 floss ends hanging from the center of the loom using an overhand knot.
Tighten each length so that the floss threads are taut. Then weave the cord as instructed in the directions provided with the Kumi Loom.
After the cord is weaved, measure it to fit your wrist, then use scissors to cut the access cord.
Preparing the cord for cord ends:
Use a thread zapper or apply a dab of white glue to prevent the cut cord ends from fraying.
Place cut cord end into metal cord end with the "wings" up with tweezers or pliers.
Hold in place with a clamp or pliers, then use your other hand to use bent nose pliers to squeeze the sides of the end finding together until it forms around the cord.
Thread an embroidery needle with about 14 inches of white sewing thread. Anchor thread at a cord end. Then, while following the white stitches, weave in and out of the stitch following the spiral- stringing a bead onto the thread and holding in place between each white stitch. Repeat for each bead type used.
Attach a jump ring to each cord end finding loop and close loop flat to the end of the cord to secure.
Attach each jump ring to each side of the button clasp.