Kumihimo Braiding

The ancient Japanese art of kumihimo braiding has become one of the hottest new (old) techniques among beaders around the world. It is popping up in beaded jewelry designs using the newest beads and some very old braiding techniques. Some of the first examples of kumihimo braiding were made for soldiers who needed a way to secure saddles and gear to their horses, but these days, you’re more likely to see it with beads being used as handles for handbags, stunning necklaces made with gemstones, and fabulous beaded bracelets.

We have gathered together top tips, tricks, and tutorials for you here. We hope you will spend time with those who know kumihimo best! Visit the posts from the pros like Maggie Thompson and Jill Wiseman. Be sure to download the free ebook too!

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Discover a New Kumihimo Technique: Peek-a-Boo Koo

In this new kumihimo technique, which I’ve playfully named Peek-a-Boo Koo, extra cords are hidden in the center of a kumihimo rope and brought out to create continuous pattern variations. Endless variations can be worked with cord counts of 9 or more, with or without beads. I have even worked this technique with 28 cords, […]

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7 Kumihimo Tips and Tricks

Hello to all my fellow kumihimo enthusiasts — both experienced and newbies! Over the past few years I’ve learned a few kumihimo tips and tricks that have made my experience more rewarding. By sharing these tips with you, I hope I can help make your next kumi project more enjoyable and successful. 1. Ironing Your […]

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A few weeks ago I uncovered a half-finished kumihimo bracelet at the back of one of my bead drawers. I felt a combination of horror and joy at seeing that rope of tightly braided beads. The horror came from the realization that this was yet another unfinished project that I’d forgotten about. The joy came […]

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Quick and Easy Kumihimo Braiding with Beads

Maggie Thompson has been beading for many years but only recently learned kumihimo. This technique combines the ancient Japanese art of braiding with beadweaving. Although kumihimo looks difficult, it’s actually fairly easy to learn. Maggie shares her kumihimo journey with us, including the inspiration for her fabulous new Kumihimo 3 Ways project. Falling in Love […]

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Maggie Thompson is a skilled kumihimo artist. She uses a variety of beads in her kumi designs, including traditional seed beads, sparkly crystals, unique lampwork beads, and organic stone chips. Maggie is lucky enough to have a large dedicated beading space in her home. In addition, she has the good fortune of working at a […]

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Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding, has wound its way into the hearts of beaders around the world. Beaded kumihimo is popping up in beaded jewelry designs using the newest beads and some very old braiding techniques. Some of the first kumihimo braids were made for soldiers who needed a way to secure saddles […]

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Learn Beaded Kumihimo: Where to Start

Some of my favorite Japanese imports include things like sushi (yum), seed beads (yummier), and Zen Buddhism. In the last couple of years, I also added the ancient Japanese art of kumihimo to that list! This traditional technique of crafting braids from fibers and leather has become a popular technique in the last few years […]

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