This project looks a lot like a crocheted rope, but instead of taking days to make it will only take a few hours. It is made on a Japanese Marudai braiding table. You will learn both how to set up the Marudai and how to do the actual braiding. Making the Kumihimo necklace is so very fast that you will no doubt want to make lots of them. Learning this technique and the use of the Marudai will then allow you to continue with many more advanced projects.
I made the longer necklace trying to learn bead blending. I wasn't quite happy with it, so I made another one, trying to fix what I didn't like. Still not exactly what I wanted, but I wear them both together and getting a lot of compliments.