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Free Kumihimo Seed Bead Patterns (3/6/2015)

2015 March 6

Beaded kumihimo might be the perfect project to learn or work on during these cold, snowy winter months. You can watch TV or watch the fire and braid away. I find repetitive projects like this very relaxing.

20 Cool Kumihimo Jewelry Patterns

20 Cool Kumihimo Jewelry Patterns

20 Cool Kumihimo Jewelry Patterns

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 02:11:26 -0800

Among all the braiding techniques used for jewelry-making, kumihimo is one of the most simple and versatile. This Japanese braid-making method allows you to produce both round and flat cords, being perfect for making stylish bracelets and necklaces. The spiral design produced by it makes it a good choice for beaded accessories as well. The kumihimo disk or plate and a few bobbins are the only tools necessary to work on it, apart from the thread and beads you plan to use for your project.

Kumihimo – Beads – Fun & Failure

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:42:00 -0800

I also tried to draw up my own Kumihimo pattern using a grid.  I found it very hard to follow.  Gave it several tries before I had to walk away from that.  lol !  Not a good week for trying new things evidently.  It happens.  But it was a learning experience and I have a solution in mind.  There is a digital program someone invented that’s suppose to be easy to use to create your own patterns in Kumihimo.  I am considering it.  This is the link HERE to that pattern maker.  I need to decide if I will use it enough to justify spending the money.

Springtime Kumihimo Bracelet

Springtime Kumihimo Bracelet

Easy Springtime Kumihimo Bracelet

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:28:43 -0700

This light and delicate kumihimo bracelet was made with yellow-green and amber colored tiny round seed beads. The colors were placed in the kumihimo disk in an alternating pattern around the disk: yellow-green followed by amber; and then yellow-green and amber, etc. To complete the kumihimo project, I chose a glue-in gold spiral toggle clasp.

How to Finish the End of a Beaded Kumihimo Braid

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:50:00 -0800

Do you love working kumihimo with beads, but are perplexed by how to turn the resulting rope into a bracelet or necklace? There are many ways to finish a beaded kumihimo rope, but the most popular way is to add an end cap. Here is how it’s done.

Simple 8-Warp Beaded Spiral

Simple 8-Warp Beaded Spiral

Adventures in Kumihimo

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0700

Last year (or was it the year before?) I stopped by a vendor at Stitches West that was selling Kumihimo supplies. I wasn’t ready to jump into braids at that time, but I did buy some cord for some of my other beading projects. Well, I guess my time is now because I recently purchased 2 Kumihimo disks–a round one for round braids and a square one for flat braids–some seed beads, and a clasp.

Armed with supplies and a YouTube video, I learned how to make a simple 8-warp beaded spiral.

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!

Two Colour Beaded Kumihimo Braid

In this tutorial I show you how to make a beaded kumihimo braid with two colours.

Kumihimo Beading with Jill Wiseman

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

Christmas Wreath Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet

In this tutorial I show you how to make a beaded kumihimo Christmas wreath bracelet.

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