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 didn’t click back then. Fast-forward and enter the round and square kumihimo braiding discs.
These very approachable (and portable) tools, along with some help from good friends, had me excited and brimming with confidence as I endeavored down the kumihimo path again. This time around, I was weaving different patterns and working beads, Swarovski crystals and different weight cords and threads into fun, wearable, colorful designs.
I know I am not alone in my exploration as kumihimo has swept the beading community! And there are many artists pushing the kumihimo boundaries, combining unexpected materials, and taking things beyond the traditional. Take a look at just a few examples.
If you’re inspired to create a kumihimo design, want to try your hand at it again, or ready to work different materials into your next braid, you’ll love Elegant Kumihimo: 10 Projects to Braid with Seed, Shaped and Crystal Beads, by Maggie Thompson. Maggie guides you step-by-step through 10 projects, and along the way provides tips, optional finishing ideas, and sizing guidance so you can make each design truly your own.
Have a favorite bead to work into your kumihimo designs, a braid pattern you would like to share or a favorite design you’ve made? We’d all love to hear from you! Please leave a comment at BeadingDaily.com.