Many of my latest creations have used Kumihimo braiding. “Essentially, Kumihimo is Japanese braiding, and is often combined with beads to make beautiful jewelry. The term Kumihimo in the Japanese language means the gathering of threads. The literal translation of kumihimo means the ”coming together (kumi) of threads (himo)”. This technique involves using several highly developed looms for specific types of braids.” (Source http://whatiskumihimo.com/”
For Basic instructions this is a good link http://ealdthryth.tripod.com/fiber_arts/kumihimo/Kumihimo_On_A_Disk.pdf
Here is a picture of some of my recent work and pictures of the disks I use.