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What is kumihimo?

Kumihimo braiding is another ancient technique that has been discovered by jewelry makers and beaders around the world. Kumihimo with beads mimics the look of bead crochet, works up quickly and easily, and has been adopted by many jewelry-makers who want a versatile technique for making fast beaded ropes to accent their one-of-a-kind focal pieces. While some kumihimo techniques call for the use of a large standing loom, the style is easily created using a foam disc, available from most local bead shops, along with easy-to-find kumihimo supplies like big eye needles and your favorite beads. If you’re curious about the beading technique, our free jewelry making tutorial is full of kumihimo inspiration and instruction, including basic kumihimo instructions and a free kumihimo bead pattern. Once you’ve mastered the basic kumihimo braiding techniques, you’ll discover how creative kumihimo beading can be!

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You might think that kumihimo braiding is just for beaded necklaces and bracelets, but this versatile and creative braiding and beading technique can be used to create straps, cords, handles for handbags, and so much more! With four of our most popular Beading Daily blogs, you’ll discover the ancient origins of kumihimo braiding and get inspiration for using your finished beaded braids. Learn the basics from our kumihimo instructions, and explore ideas for finishing the ends of your beaded kumihimo. Braids have been used for both decorative and functional purposes for centuries, and in Japan, the art of kumihmo braiding has seen a wonderful resurgence in popularity during the last decade. In Japanese, the term translates to "coming together (of) threads" and it was originally used for securing armor of the samurai and their horses and for prayer scroll ties. Incorporate this special technique with your beads to create a stunning piece of jewelry!

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Free Kumihimo Pattern

Splash Bracelet by Suzanne Branca

Learn the beautiful Japanese technique of kumihimo braiding while making a gorgeous bracelet to show off. This bracelet is bursting with color and while the technique may look intricate and detailed, this is a great project for any beader, beginner or advanced. This gorgeous beaded bracelet uses a variety of glass beads plus a creative finishing technique to quick riot of color that you’ll want to wear every day. Easy enough for beginners, this pattern will leave you wanting more!
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The Tradition of Japanese Braiding

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Learn about the origins and techniques of this traditional Japanese braiding technique. This technique has a long, rich history of use in the decorative and practical arts, making it perfectly suited for today’s modern beaded jewelry projects. Using a variety of modern materials gives the style a fresh look. Just like beadwork, braiding fibers is something common to many different cultures around the world. Braids have been used for both decorative and functional purposes for centuries, and in Japan, the art of kumihmo braiding has seen a wonderful resurgence in popularity during the last decade. Learn more about this historic technique in beading and learn how to incorporate it in your bead designs today.

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How to Kumihimo with Beads

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With our step-by-step instructions, you’ll see how easy it is to learn how to do kumihimo with beads. Supplies are widely available at most local bead stores, and once you master these basic kumihimo instructions, you’ll find creative inspiration everywhere you look. Learning how is much easier than you might think it is. Your basic kumihimo braid only requires two moves of the cords to make a braid that you can use for bracelets, purse straps, and even spectacular beaded necklaces.

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A Creative Beading Technique

Where Will Beading Take You? Everywhere!

So, now that you’ve made about a hundred braids with beads, what do you do with them? Never fear, we’re here with these fun ideas for using your beaded braids for things like purse handles, beaded necklaces, and beaded bracelets. Have you ever learned a new beading technique that just sent you over the edge, creatively? Learn the versatility of incoroporating Japanese braiding techniques into your beaded jewelry. Discover fun and creative ways to braid your way to your next masterpeice.

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Options for Finishing Your Kumihimo Braids

Every braid has at least one end that needs a finishing touch, either with a bead cap or some other jewelry finding to secure the threads and create a professional, polished look. Explore your options for finishing your beaded braids using peyote stitched tubes, basic wire wrapping techniques, and more! If you're looking for different ways to finish those pesky ends of a beaded kumihimo braid, let Jennifer VanBenschoten clue you in to some great ideas. Explore inspiring ideas to finish your piece just right.

Download your free eBook to get started on this collection of tutorials and a project that are sure to inspire! Finally, experiment with different types of beads when you make the free beading pattern included in our free beading lessons. The experts and Beading Daily have selected some of the most informative blogs, tutorials, and a free jewelry pattern to show you how incredible bead braiding can look in your jewelry designs.

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