At the monthly smocking guild meeting last night we learned a new (to us) braiding technique called kumihimo. We used this little foam disc that has slits around the edge.
The braid forms in the center as you move the threads around the disc.
A fishing weight keeps the braid hanging nicely!
The finished braid. For this one I used strands of regular ol' DMC floss, but you can use just about anything you want. I'm thinking of making one with some beads, maybe use some silk ribbon for another. Once you get the rhythm down, it's a very relaxing activity.
Take a look here to see just how easy it is!