Among all the braiding techniques used for jewelry-making, kumihimo is one of the most simple and versatile. This Japanese braid-making method allows you to produce both round and flat cords, being perfect for making stylish bracelets and necklaces. The spiral design produced by it makes it a good choice for beaded accessories as well. The kumihimo disk or plate and a few bobbins are the only tools necessary to work on it, apart from the thread and beads you plan to use for your project.
Here is a nice bracelet pattern for all baseball-cum-art lovers, particularly the San Francisco Giants supporters. This one would make a good gift idea for guys as the kumihimo cord is suitable to make wristlets for men.
A stylish bracelet pattern, ideal for those just beginning to learn the technique; the cone-shaped clasps along with the large, spiral hoop adds to its elegant charm.
A free video tutorial for making a basic kumihimo braid and then attaching the clasps at the ends to complete your colorful bracelet
Another pretty basic pattern, this one shows how you can turn an ordinary kumihimo braid into a beautiful bracelet, without even having to look for those professional looking clasp ends.
These colorful braided cords with loop ends make pretty amazing friendship bracelets, each one taking no more than 15-20 minutes to make.
It is amazing how easily you can make this gorgeous bracelet yourself with some beads and plastic cords. You can also make a matching necklace in the same manner, only with smaller clasps for the ends.
A basic pattern for a flat kumihimo strip or ribbon, the chevron styled piece looks good as a bracelet that can be worn both by men and women.
The tiny hearts in this cute pattern make it a nice project for a hand-made gift for someone special on Valentine’s Day.
Another elegant piece of ornament, unbelievably easy to make as all you will need are the long, leaf shaped beads to make the design special.
You can try this one with any colored thread you want to, making sure they have a vibrant combination to bring out the pattern.
This is a more innovative pattern as this one involves making a long braid and then folding it in half for a unique bracelet.
A classic black and white design; but, you can work it with any colored beads you want to.
How many times have you wondered how the intricate spiral patterns of those fancy bracelets and bangles available in shopping malls are worked? Now you know how!
Making kumihimo necklace is nothing different from making a bracelet, the only difference being that it takes more time to produce a longer cord that would go around your neck.
Those bulges in the middle of the cord are actually large beads, embedded in the pattern while braiding in the regular manner.
You can begin with the simpler colorful, round cord patterns before moving on to the beaded patterns and the flat ones. The video tutorial for kumihimo beading shows how simple it is to add sparkly beads to the basic pattern, where the only thing you need to worry about is putting the right colored bead in the right thread. So, go ahead and hive fun.
Published on January 12th 2015 by Daphne Bennette