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Kumihimo Seed Bead Patterns (5/4/2015)

2015 May 4

Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid- making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. The traditional “tool” is the marudai. It is expensive (relatively) and not portable. The newest “tool” is the foam Kumihimo Disk. It is portable and easy to use. One of our group saw a disk and we were off learning to make Kumihimo braids. Ring by Ring Designs

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.

It’s All In How You String It: Kumihimo Tips Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0700

Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding, is one of my favorite examples of how age-old crafts get new life when they’re resurrected and done with modern materials. After my initial introduction to beaded kumihimo at Bead Fest Philadelphia a few years ago, I’ve been exploring the use of some very non-traditional stringing materials for making my kumihimo braids.

Kumihimo Necklace

Kumihimo Necklace

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.

Kumihimo Braiding Tutorial Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:19:00 -0800

Here we are in 2014 and kumihimo braiding is now a hot trend in jewelry designs. I’ve been adding seed beads, fibers, lampwork beads and sterling silver beads to kumihimo braids to create unique pieces of art jewelry. I’ll share with you a few of my own pieces for inspiration and then give you a tutuorial so you can create your own beaded kumihimo jewelry.
Beaded Kumihimo Necklaces

Beaded Kumihimo Necklaces

Beaded Kumihimo Necklaces Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:53:00 -0700

After looking up on I found out that Kumihimo is not that complicated. On the contrary, it is quite a therapeutic activity to relieve stress after a day at work. I was totally hooked on Kumihimo!! If you are interested in learning the technique, I highly recommend “How to Braid Beaded Kumihimo and Make a Bracelet”.

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

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!

Kumihimo Czech Twist Bracelet

How To Use A Round Kumihimo Board

Kumihimo is a Japanese technique of braiding thread to create detailed colored cords. Kumihimo uses a board to help create a unique shape braid. In this video, you will learn how to use…

Beaded Wire Kumihimo Braid

In this tutorial I show you how to make a beaded wire kumihimo bracelet. This is my original design and you are free to recreate…

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