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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An inexpensive kumihimo disk and some basic tools are all you need to create Christina Larsen’s braided wire earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. You’ll find a few extra tools mentioned in Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy, but they are not all crucial and some are interchangeable with tools or items you may already have around your house. […]

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Kumihimo 101

Kumihimo is a centuries-old Japanese technique for braiding silk strands together. In beaded kumihimo, beads are strung on the cords before braiding. You can use various types of stringing materials, as well as a variety of bead types, to create kumihimo designs. Read on to learn the basics of this popular technique. Kumihimo How-To The […]

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As we plan another year of products that we hope you’ll love, we’ve discovered several trends in the bead weaving world that we want to share. The Beadwork editors share their top five bead weaving trends, including projects you can try right now! 1. Kumihimo Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese braiding technique, continues to fly to […]

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Learning any new skill can be a challenge, and kumihimo is no exception. This ancient Japanese art of braiding produces some gorgeous beadwork — but it can be difficult to get started. Having good instructions and the right tools can make all the difference in your kumihimo experience. Read on for expert guidance to get […]

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Like many bead weaving techniques, kumihimo takes a bit of time and patience to learn. I, however, ignored that fact and decided to jump right in to kumihimo with a project from Beadwork, October/November 2016. I soon found myself in over my head. But with some patience and perseverance, I finally learned the technique. Now, […]

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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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