• Tool Talk,  Tutorials

    Making your own braided cord

    One of the items I offer in JN Originals is felted cell phone cases. One day a customer asked me if I could add a matching shoulder strap. My first attempt at a strap, however, was not pretty. I crocheted a long tube using a small hook, then”fulled” (felted) it in the washing machine. The result was a tangled, lumpy cord that I was too embarrassed to show anyone. It was also too thick for the pouch. Finally, I hit upon another solution: a braided kumihimo cord. The cord was tightly braided, strong and flexible, and allowed me to use multiple yarns that complemented the colors used in the cell…