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!

Kumihimo beaded bracelet design, by Tammy Honaman

Kumihimo beaded bracelet design, by Tammy Honaman

Materials
Magatama 4x7mm beads (colors matte and metallic oil slick were used in this design)
Silk cord, size F, navy
8” of 20 gauge wire
Cone ends
Clasp

Tools
Kumihimo disc
(8) Bobbins
Scissors
Beading needle
Round-nose pliers
Flat-nose pliers
Chain-nose pliers
Wire cuttters
Adhesive

Optional
Kumihimo weight
Bead spinner
J needle

If you want to learn how to make the clasp and cones seen in this design, check out the Wire Frames and Findings webinar, they’re all covered in there.

Step 1. Cut 8 lengths of cord, 3 times as long as your finished design. Thread one bead onto one length of thread then pass the thread back around through the bead, to create a “stop.”

Wind a few inches from this end of the cord, around a bobbin. Add a needle onto the other end of the cord; add your beads – I found, about 6” of beads is sufficient.

Repeat to fill all lengths of cord.

Tip: If your cords are long, and to help keep them from tangling, you can wind a bit more cording around the bobbin and even wind the beads into the bobbin.

Step 2. Gather the ends of your cords together and form an overhand knot. Pass the knot into the hole of the kumihimo disc (from the top down).

Looking at your disc as if it’s a clock, place a cord on each side of 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. Most discs have dots at these places to help with set up; place a thread on each side of the dots. Add the weight above the knot.

cords in position to begin the kumihimo braid

cords in position to begin the kumihimo braid

Step 3. Maintain tension (you may need to pull on the knot to keep the braid even while you get things started). Braid the cords around the disc in the following manner, keeping in mind, the number referenced indicates the slit to the left of the number:

Move the cord in 17 up to 31.

kumihimo braid, first thread moved into position

kumihimo braid, first thread moved into position

Move cord 1 to 14.

kumihimo braid, second thread moved into position

kumihimo braid, second cord moved into position

Rotate the disc clockwise, ¼ turn. Move cord 9 to 23.

kumihimo disc turned 1/4 turn, first thread moved into place

kumihimo disc turned 1/4 turn, first cord moved into position

Move thread 25 to 7.

kumihimo disc turned 1/4 turn, second thread moved into place

kumihimo disc turned 1/4 turn, second cord moved into position

Rotate the disc clockwise, ¼ turn and continue working the cords in the same manner with each 1/4 turn, always turning in the same direction. Continue braiding the cords until you have about ½ inch of braid.

Step 4. With your next move, bring a bead from the next cord in the pattern, up toward the opening of the disc and into the weave, tucked under the cord to the “west of the moving cord.”

Release the next cord in the pattern, slip a bead toward the center, tuck it under the cord to the “east” then complete the move, tucking the cord into it’s rightful slot.

Continue to work the cords in this manner, bringing a bead into the braid with each pass. Continue until you have a length of beaded braiding that suits your design. Once you have completed your beaded braid, braid about ½” without beads.

Step 5. Remove the braid from the disc. Knot all the cords together above where your braiding ended. Trim away the excess cording.

kumihimo braid completed and ready for finishing

kumihimo braid completed and ready for finishing

Step 6. Wrap a cord just a little above the beadwork and knot in place.  Wrap the cord around the beadwork again and tie a knot. Apply a dab of adhesive and let cure.

Step 7. Using wire cutters, cut a 4” length of wire. Using round-nose pliers, form a coil in the end of a length of wire.

wire formed into a coil using round-nose pliers

wire formed into a coil using round-nose pliers

Place the coil over the end of the thread.

coil placed onto cord end

coil placed onto cord end

Compress the coil toward the cording.

compress coil using flat-nose pliers

compress coil using flat-nose pliers

Slip the cone over the straight end of the wire.

add cone to cover the end of the kumihimo braid and wire coil

add cone to cover the end of the kumihimo braid and wire coil

Form a wrapped loop with the straight end of the wire.

wire finished in a wrapped loop to secure the cone

wire finished in a wrapped loop to secure the cone

Repeat for the other end.

Step 8. Add a jumpring to one wrapped loop. Add a jumpring to the other wrapped loop and the loop in a clasp to finish.

jumprings added to wrapped loop and clasp added to finish

jumprings added to wrapped loop and clasp added to finish

Make this kumihimo-braided-beaded-bracelet design to suit your own style by changing up the color magatama beads, bead shape, or the metal color for your wire and findings, then please share images of your design with us here, at BeadingDaily.com.

Happy Beading!
blue_tammy

 

 

 

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