1. Cut four pieces of cord to the length specified in your pattern. Center them in a 10 mm or larger split ring, and tie an overhand knot to secure the cords to the ring.
2. Align the kumihimo disk so you have a dot at the top, the bottom, and each side.
3. Feed the ring through the hole in the disk, and arrange the cords so you have two cords flanking each dot. Slide the cords into the appropriate slots.
4. Use a Big Eye needle to string beads on each cord according to the desired pattern. See “Stringing beads” for more guidance on bead stringing.
5. Wind each beaded cord onto a bobbin, leaving about 4 in. (10 cm) of cord free between the disk and the bobbin.
6. Attach a counterweight to the split ring.