Free Kumihimo Seed Bead Patterns (3/6/2015)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In this tutorial I show you how to make a beaded kumihimo braid with two colours.
Learn how to pump up your beadwork by mixing bead colors and shapes to create kumihimo braiding patterns.
In this tutorial I show you how to make a beaded kumihimo Christmas wreath bracelet.
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