Kumihimo

An ancient form of Japanese braiding, kumihimo was actually developed for the closure of armor on Japanese samurai and their horses. Later, kumihimo braids were used to fasten quilted jackets and kimonos. Today, kumihimo is more popular than ever and beaders are discovering how these braids can be used to accent a special lampwork glass bead and how they can be embellished with strands of sparkling crystal beads. Kumihimo is done on a lightweight disc, usually made of foam, with notches for each strand of fiber being braided. Another type of free-standing kumihimo tool is called a marudai and consists of a wood circle on four legs. Fibers attached to bobbins are braided through the hole in the center of the wood circle. The easy, rhythmic motions of braiding fibers together make kumihimo a wonderful choice for adding a handmade rope to your favorite handmade glass or ceramic bead.

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A Free Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet Design For You!

Kumihimo braiding with beads creates a quick bracelet with texture and dimension. With just a few supplies, you too could be wearing a kumihimo beaded bracelet design like this in no time (seriously), tonight, even! Materials Magatama 4x7mm beads (colors matte and metallic oil slick were used in this design) Silk cord, size F, navy 8” of…

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Kumihimo Draws You In and Inspires Beautiful Designs

12 years ago I endeavored down the kumihimo path. My first experiences were on a marudai, a Japanese tool used for braiding cords. Marudais themselves are beautiful and invite you in, don’t you agree? Alas, as much as I wanted to master this beautiful tool and make beautiful beaded, kumihimo designs, kumihimo and I just…

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Kumihimo Using A Square Disc

After a few years of creating kumihimo braids using a round disc, I decided to throw caution to the wind and experiment with making my braids using this square disc provided to me by the nice folks over at Prima Bead. While you can make round kumihimo braids using a round disc, you can make…

This List of Kumihimo Bead Patterns Could Change the Way You Bead

This List of Kumihimo Bead Patterns Could Change the Way You Bead An ancient form of Japanese braiding, kumihimo was actually developed for the closure of armor on Japanese samurai and their horses. Later, kumihimo braids were used to fasten quilted jackets and kimonos. Today, kumihimo is more popular than ever and beaders are discovering how…

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Crazy for Kumihimo

Since I have been working in the Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing office here at Interweave Press, there's one thing I've gotten really good at: picking up on trends. When we discover a new trend or a beading bandwagon everyone is jumping on, we do our best to make as many products as possible centered on…

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It’s All In How You String It: Kumihimo Tips For Using Leather Cord and Wire In Your Kuimhimo Projects

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…

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3 Things To Know When You Kumihimo

My son loves to help me string beads for beaded kumihimo projects! Get ’em started young! Addicted to kumihimo? Me? Well, I guess admitting that I have a problem would be the first step. Yes, since I learned how to do beaded kumihimo at Bead Fest Philadelphia a few years ago, my bead orders suddenly…

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3 Things To Try with Kumihimo

I've only been doing beaded kumihimo braids for a couple of years now, but lately, I've been looking for something new to add some interest to my kumihimo projects. I've got plenty of beads, beading supplies, and stringing/braiding materials to play with, I was just looking for a little bit of inspiration! Check out these…

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Tucson Bead Show 2015: Products we love

Lucky members of the Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines staff attended the 2015 Tucson Bead Show. Whether you're a seller, a buyer, an editor, or a local, no one leaves this event empty-handed! We're all about the hottest new products when it comes to our magazines, and we got our hands on some fabulous jewelry…