Kumihimo is super easy to learn - this is the first time I used it to make a Christmas wreath ornament, as opposed to a necklace or bracelet. It takes 16 feet of cord to make this 7 inch piece - the braid is a little more than 1/2" in diameter.
After braiding the cord, I tied off the ends and tied them together to form the loop. I slipped some thick gold wire into the knot, threaded a couple of beads on to it, then bent a small loop at the bottom so it nested inside the knot and bent the top into a large hook. I colored the silver tassel head green with alcohol ink, put it on an eye pin, poked it through the knot and bent a loop on the back to secure. I trimmed the tassel ends just a wee bit so it hangs nicely inside the wreath.
Lastly I tied a ribbon around the wire and glued on a large button to hide the knot. The ends of all the cords coming out of the knot are wired together in a bunch, pushed to the back and trimmed short so they aren't visible from the front.
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