For many braids the counter weight (CW) is moved up the braid about every 4 to 6 in. (10 to 15 cm) of braiding. Whenever the CW is moved it is hung directly onto the braid. A CW strap is designed to distribute the weight over a portion of the braid so that is will not cause any harm to the braid or the tension. I have heard that some people put a metal earring loop directly into their braid, however, I would not recommend doing this as it could cause damage to the braid. But, no worries, there are a couple of easy ways to make the CW strap.
Easy DIY Counter Weight Straps
1. Use a small piece scrap leather. I went to Goodwill and found a pair of old leather pants for about $5, I now have enough leather for myself and all of my kumista friends. Cut a strip of leather about 1.5 in. (4 cm) by 5 in. (12.5 cm). Then make a slit in the middle.
2. If you don’t have any leather, then a piece of heavy cording will work. Thinner cording can be doubled to make it thicker.
NOTE: If you use a weight bag instead of the slotted counter weights shown in the photo, simply use an S hook or loop the drawstrings through the slit in the strap and tie a knot. Depending on the thickness and length of the drawstring, it may be possible to tie the CW bag directly onto the braid.