Free Kumihimo Seed Bead Patterns (1/25/2013)
Recently, I made a video of the various Magatama Kumihimo bracelets I’ve made. It shows the different patterns that can be made and many of the different colors and color patterns. As you watch the video, see if you can pick out the ones that are the “pine cone” pattern (strung in all one direction) or the ones with random stringing.
One of the best classes I took last summer at Bead Fest Philadelphia was Easy Kumihimo with Beads, taught by Jill Wiseman. Easy, fun, and wildly addicting, I returned home with a whole bag of kumihimo supplies and project …
The first piece I made for my recent BSBP (Bead Soup Blog Party) reveal was the kumihimo lariat, using semiprecious gemstone chips. When I first opened my generous bead soup, I saw so many delightful elements, but knew …
My latest obsession is to bring beads and wire together in harmony, and my path recently brought me to play with a new weaving technique and an intriguing tool––the kumihimo loom. Each time I saw a goof I had to undo everything back to the beginning, since I didn’t know the stitch pattern well enough yet to pick up from the last correct wire crossing. I had to undo all the wires, remove the pearls, use a …
Kumihimo is an ancient braiding technique from Japan. It is a strong & durable braid.
This beaded bracelet is a classic, you could wear it with almost anything. Especially that little black dress most ladies love. It pairs well with a sweater and jeans too!
These instructions are for one of the simplest braiding structures called kongo gumi (= hard braid), which produces a solid cord with a round crosssection (as opposed to a shoe lacestyle hollow cord or a flat braid). The braiding movements can be made with 8, 12, 16 etc. threads (any multiple of 4) and offer a rich scope of patterns, dependent only on the initial thread colour arrangement.
Watch, enjoy the process and stop in the store to see different patterns that we’ve come up with over the past years of doing Japanese braiding (kumihimo) on this lightweight, and portable foam disc. Beading and jewelry-making is so much fun, and the creativity and enjoyment NEVER ends!
Learn how to incorporate beads into your 10-warp flat Kumihimo braid. This technique shows how to create a beaded edge along both sides of the braid. A great variation to this classic Japanese braiding technique.
Learn how to use the square Kumihimo disk…
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