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Kumihimo Bead Patterns (7/20/2015)

2015 July 20

I have got to get back to doing Kumihimo. I’ve got several projects all bagged and ready to string, but I just never seem to find the time. Maybe when we fly to Florida this fall, I’ll get some beads strung and do some on the plane, or relaxing at the beach.

Kumihimo Braiding and Art Beads Tutorial

Kumihimo Braiding and Art Beads Tutorial

Kumihimo Braiding and Art Beads Tutorial and Inspiration Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:19:00 -0800

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 tutorial so you can create your own beaded kumihimo jewelry.This is my very first kumihimo braided bracelet. I created this bracelet using rattail cord. Rattail is a good beginners choice to learn the rhythm of kumihimo.

Bead Crochet Vs. Kumihimo Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:49:00 -0700

This is one of the differences between bead crochet and Kumihimo. The patterns can be different. Another difference is that Kumihimo does not stretch; however, bead crochet does stretch because it has slip stitch knotting in the middle (if you doing slip stitch bead crochet, that is. There are several ways to do bead crochet). This is the way that those lucky enough to own a bead crochet bracelet roll it over their hand to have it snap back to exactly their wrist measurement. Kumihimo won’t be so forgiving.

Kumihimo Jewelry Patterns

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.

Beads and Braids Sat, 29 Nov 2014 03:05:00 -0800

I love the pattern and will make more of these but for now, with the limited amount of time I’ve had, this will be it.  I enjoy the color combo but I HATE the way the end caps placed.  My solution:  I’ll add more size 8/0 seed beads on each end next time.  That way, the bead caps will be an easy fit and they’ll be straight.  The ones on this bracelet are so lopsided it’s not funny.

Kumihimo Beaded Bracelets

Kumihimo Beaded Bracelets

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

To begin, you may want to review how to make a Braided Kumihimo Bracelet.  This tutorial does not cover each specific step like the Braided Kumihimo Bracelet does. I will just show you how to add the beads into the bracelet. If you would like to know the exact items I used for the bracelets, I will have a list at the end of the post. Then you start your bracelet, you will want to begin by making a Kumihimo braid. You will make the braid just long enough {about 1/4″} for your end cap to be glued on to. Then it’s time to start adding beads.

Bead Measuring Formula Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:47:44 -0700

When making projects using the Yatsu Kongoh 2-drop braid where the beads are counted on the warp cords, it is helpful to know how to lengthen or shorten the pattern. This requires knowing how many beads are in one inch of braiding, here are some helpful tips, formulas and information.

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