Cord and bracelet weaving. I picked up a neat little craft tool/toy the other day. I met another lady at a SCA meeting and she was using one of these and I was intrigued. When I saw one of these tools for sale shortly thereafter, I grabbed it up! Some kits come with the loom, bobbins, instructions, etc. but I found the loom, and looked up patterns online.
I found this site - http://fene4ki.ru/en/ which was originally in Russian, but translated to English by the creator so more can enjoy it.
I used this pattern, with different colors:
Here is the Kumihimi tool -
And here it is, loaded up and ready to go -
Here is another view of the work, now in progress. I didn’t have bobbins, so I just bundled up the excess string (cotton cord) with a slip not.
I used the oh-so-precise measurement of “arms’ length for cutting, and the resulting rope is 4-5 feet in length and quite pretty, as well as strong.
It took maybe 3 hours to make. I didn’t time it exactly. I made it while watching tv and later, when waiting for the kids to finish piano class. I didn’t get a precise measurement as Honor already owns it!
The author also shares a great little pattern maker program for this craft. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s what was used to create this pattern.