Monday, June 27, 2011

Kumihimo

Marg, our fearless beader and buyer headed off to the recent Bead and Button show early, as she had signed up for some classes in Kumihimo.

Kumihimo is Japanese braiding. Traditionally, it is done with a tool called a marudai, which resembles a small stool with a hole in the middle. Nowadays, kumihimo is often done on square or round foam disks with slots around the edge. These are inexpensive and make it easier to learn the sequence of moves required to make a braid. Small differences in the sequence of moves and the starting arrangement of the cords can result in an almost infinite variety of patterns.

In particular - these classes introduced beads into the braids, with an end result that Marg says "looks exactly like bead crochet!"

Here are some images of her pieces from the classes, and just practicing and experimenting after class.





This one shows various types of braids, just using the cord with out the beads.








helkp587 Tools -  Kumihimo Square Plate -  (1)
If you want to give Kumihimo a try yourself, there are square disks and round disks - which produce different kinds of braids (you can do flat braids with the square disk and round (in cross section) with the round disk.

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helkp568 Tools -  Kumihimo Round Plate -  (1)





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helbob1 Tools - 1.75 inch Kumihimo No-Tangle Thread Bobbins -  (1)

The bobbins are useful for keeping your threads from getting all tangled up.


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s13641 Book -  Necklaces Braided on the Kumihimo Disk - By Karen DeSousa (1)
We have a couple of books on technique, and more coming soon!






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s29485 Book -  More Necklaces Braided on the Kumihimo Disk - By Karen DeSousa (1)







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For cord, you can use a medium weight cord like C-Lon Bead Cord or something more exotic like Satin Rattail Cord or Mousetail. If you are adding beads, Size 6/0 or 8/0 beads will fit on the C-Lon cord. For smaller beads, try the Miyuki Crochet thread or Sono Beading Thread.

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