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Free Kumihimo Seed Bead Patterns (1/5/2015)

2015 January 5

I have got to get back to doing kumihimo, but I just can’t find the time to select beads and set it up. But this first patterns with the spikes just might be one to get me in gear. I love the color and texture of it. I’ve always had a touch of rebel in me and it looks so “punk rock”.

Kumihimo Punk Jewellery with Glass Spike Beads

Kumihimo Punk Jewellery with Glass Spike Beads

How To Create Kumihimo Punk Jewellery with Glass Spikes Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:27:41 -0800

Kumihimo remains popular due to its simplicity and versatility. I personally find that part of the fun comes from the experimentation of different bead shapes. Sometimes a certain bead style or shapes will come along and it is off putting; not because you dislike it, but simply because it doesn’t sit well amongst other beads. This leaves many of us scratching our head, thinking ‘what can I do with these beads?’

Kumihimo Bracelet Inspirations Using the Square Plate Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:00:00 -0700

As you can see, I received the square plate version rather than the more commonly used round disc.  Both these polyethylene foam types are modern versions of traditional braiding looms . The round discs mimic the maru dai – the latter is faster to use as both hands are available to move the cords.   But then the one-handed foam disc is far more portable than the maru dai!

Matching Cord and Beads in Kumihimo Braiding

Matching Cord and Beads in Kumihimo Braiding

Matching Cord and Beads in Kumihimo Braiding Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:55:25 -0700

After trying multiple materials as bead carriers, I have found that if the cord fills about 1/2 to 2/3 of the hole in the bead you will get the best results, where the cord does not show much between the beads and the braid retains its round shape. There is also braid strength and suppleness to consider in choosing a bead carrier cord. You want something that will not be cut or damaged by the beads, but still gives you a flexible braid.

Kumihimo Beaded Bracelets Tutorial Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:00:00 -0700

 Today I’m going to show you how to make Kumihimo Beaded Bracelets. You’ll remember that my August project as a Prima Bead Team Blogger was Kumihimo. I made few different designs and I’ll share how to make each one. It’s all in how you set up the beads on the loom.

Playing with Kumihimo Braids

Playing with Kumihimo Braids

Playing with Kumihimo Braids Tue, 02 Nov 2010 23:25:00 -0700

In July at Convergence in Albuquerque I picked up some hand dyed ribbon with gold metallic to play with. I incorporated this ribbon, C-Lon Bead Cord and 4mm Miyuki Matagamas beads and finished the ends with sterling silver end clasps. The way the Magatamas beads stick out of the braid is fun, but of course you can do this type of braids with regular seed beads.

Tips For Beaded Kumihimo From A Beginner Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Doing kumihimo with beads is totally addicting. If you’re thinking about learning how to do beaded kumihimo, you should know that you will fall head over heels for this easy Japanese braiding technique. You’ll be buying up size 6 seed beads by the kilo. You’ll start dreaming about end caps and cones for finishing your kumihimo braids. And you’ll be thinking about ways to stitch up fancy beaded sliders and accents for these quick and easy beaded ropes that are a great alternative to bead crochet.

Kumihimo Beading with Jill Wiseman

Learn how to pump up your beadwork by mixing bead colors and shapes to create kumihimo braiding patterns.

Beaded Kumihimo Braid With Long Magatamas

In this tutorial I show you how to make a beaded kumihimo bracelet with long magatama beads. Using these beads give a completely different effect…

Two Colour Inside Beaded Kumihimo Braid

In this tutorial I show you how to make an inside beaded kumihimo braid using two colours. Please feel free to give it a go yourself and I hope you enjoy.

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