There are a lot of really great kumihimo tutorials and videos on-line. Unfortunately, as my husband says, Pinterest has ruined the internet. And I sort of agree with him. As much as I like my digital boards, trying to run a Google search and getting hit after hit on Pinterest instead of the actual page is annoying.
So, here’s a quick reference on the kumihimo boards I made for the kids. I’ve been keeping one of the basic ones in my purse for my kids or bored kids I run across.
The basic board is a circle (of any size, but kids tend to like them about 5″ diameter) with eight slits. My husband used a compass and a protractor and got the slits exact. I started with 4 at each of the 90 degree angles, and then roughly cut another four in between them. You use 7 strands, leaving a blank slot.
- Hold the blank slot at your belly button.
- Count strands counter clockwise from the blank slot – 1,2,3. Move that third strand in to the blank slot.
- Turn the board counter clockwise so the blank slot is at your belly button.
- Repeat step 2.
Ta Da! I’ve had kids as young as 3-1/2 grasp this and make some headway.
Our second attempt stepped up the game.
This one requires a cheat sheet for a bit until you get the hang of it. And initial set-up requires the two pink (or whatever color you choose) be at slots d & k (where I put the hearts).
Then you go to town!
If they kids love this, I may look up a few more, but right now, this is complicated enough for our busy lives!