Traditional Kumihimo Gets a Modern Twist: Look Inside Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique originally used with fiber. Weaving intricate braids with silk or leather cording continues to be the most popular media, but as the art form has evolved, a variety of other materials have been introduced into this fascinating technique. In my book Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy, I’ve replaced traditional fibers with wire to share a range of new design possibilities.
Join me as I guide you through the process of learning the nuances of wireworking, and show step-by-step how to successfully create kumihimo wire jewelry. You’ll discover as you braid wire that it responds differently than fiber. We’ll take advantage of wire’s ability to hold its shape and create unique silhouettes, and bold beaded jewelry with stunning visual impact.
Ancient Techniques Made Modern
You’ll find that introducing wire to kumihimo opens the door to a variety of different styles and finishes that you can only get when braiding with metal. It’s this modern approach to an ancient technique that creates timeless, wearable finished projects. The designs within Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy and shown in the lookbook below explore the versatility of wire braiding in rings, earrings, pendants, and bracelets. You’ll love how quickly this art lends itself to inventing fresh beautiful designs.
Through my years of designing I’ve discovered that half of the excitement of kumihimo wirework comes from experimenting with alternate design ideas. From a pendant design inspiring matching earrings to a bracelet leading the way to an innovative necklace idea, it’s easy translate one concept into several. That is why many of my jewelry designs in my book come with variations for you to explore.
Discover all of the new possibilities that kumihimo and wireworking have to offer with Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy.
— Christina Larsen
Author of Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy