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 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.
Kumihimo Instructions to Download
This all-encompassing download is a collection of kumihimo bead patterns and instructions so you can learn from scratch.
Use wire instead of kumihimo thread so that you have a bracelet that’s sturdy yet flexible.
We love this new inspiration for those of us who design our own pieces.
If you’ve never tried your hand at kumihimo patterns before, this simple bracelet DIY is an ideal place to start.
Our Most Popular Kumihimo Instructions, Patterns, & Resources in the Interweave Store
This became so popular that we made it available on both DVD and video download, so take your pick and get ready to bead.
It’s hard to find classy beading patterns that use teardrop beads sometimes, which makes this one even more special.
Our Most Popular Kumihimo with Beads Blog Posts
From the best kumihimo disc to the findings that work best with this kind of beading, you have to see this list if you’re just getting started.
Are weighted bobbins really necessary? How experienced in beading do you have to be to try this technique? Ashley tells all about her first experience with the art of Japanese braiding.
Now that you have your kumihimo disc and you know what to expect from the craft, get started with this guide.
And when you’re at the length you want, what now? Take a squiz as this guide to finishing off your kumihimo braiding.