Lights! Camera! Braid! Making the Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy Promotional Video

Have you ever signed yourself up for something without really thinking about it? This recently happened to me when I offhandedly mentioned in a meeting that I was teaching myself how to make kumihimo jewelry with the help of Christina Larsen’s book, Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy. Shortly after saying this, I was asked if I’d be willing to give a helping hand (literally) in making the book’s promotional video. My hands would be filmed while I made one of Christina’s designs. I immediately said yes. But after walking out of the meeting, I had to stop and ask myself, “What the heck was I thinking?”

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True confession time: aside from an introductory metals class in college, I haven’t spent much time making jewelry. Prior to signing on to being a hand model, I had only just dipped a toe into the basic braids in Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy. I was a long way from feeling confident in my ability to make kumihimo jewelry, let alone do so in front of a camera. But thanks to my big mouth and always wanting to help, I had to learn, and fast.

After deciding that I would be making the Elegant Bracelet for the video, I dove into some serious braiding time. I ended up making the bracelet three or four times. For extra practice, I even went as far as to make a few other projects from the book. I was surprised with just how approachable and downright addicting Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy became for me.

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Me trying to keep my hands from shaking too much in front of the camera.

While I was still nervous to be in front of a camera (I think if you look close you can notice me shaking, sorry about that), by the day of the video shoot, I was definitely feeling more confident in my kumihimo skills. I’m still far from being an expert, but I can honestly say Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy really does make it just that: easy! Thanks to Christina’s gorgeous designs, and our awesome video team, the resulting promotional video ended up looking amazing, and I’m so thankful to be a part of it!

Happy braiding!
Editorial Coordinator, Interweave Books

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Ready to learn kumihimo wirework and make stunning braided wire jewelry? Our Kumihimo Wirework Starter Kit is a perfect place to start! In addition to the eBook, it includes a square kumihimo board, a spool of silver-plated wire, and two clasps. If you don’t need the supplies, get Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy in print or digital form.

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