These instructions are a bit different take on the spiral 8-strand braid and will show you how to braid on a foam disk with fully beaded cords – normally done on a wooden stand called a marudai.
This tutorial is considered an Advanced Beginner to Intermediate project - you should have done a fair bit of Kumihimo with beads to get the most enjoyment from this project. While the braid is an 8 strand round structure, the technique is different and the technique is the focus of this tutorial.
Consider this project as an exercise in creativity. A suggested layout is provided as a guideline for bead choices but is by no means exclusive. Every piece will be different based on the creator's choices. It is a great way to use up beads from other projects or try different beads that you may not have used before. Every one I have ever made or have seen made in classes, has been uniquely beautiful. Create a stunning necklace by mixing all kinds of beads for a very organic, unique and elegant look.
Posted by Sharon Bixby on 18th Dec 2017
This is a great tutorial for understanding how to bead continuously beaded strands and includes useful tips and techniques.
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