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Kumihimo - Braiding with Beads

Once you have the basics down on how to create a Kumihimo braid you will more than likely want to try adding some beads to the braid. This involves a little more prep time before you get started but the results are well worth it. When planning your design, keep in mind that the finished results will differ depending on colors, size of beads and number of beaded strands. Also note that the size of stringing material will be determined by the hole size in the beads you want to use. Here we will show you how to create an 8 warp basic round Kumihimo braid using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands. Find the supplies that you'll need for this project here.

First determine the length of braid you want. As a general rule cut three times the desired length of stringing material. This should accommodate most designs, even with beads.

Next you will need to determine how many beads are needed. We are using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands. Refer to our chart on Kumihimo math.

String one bead and then go back up through the bead to create a stopper bead. Do this for all 8 strands.
On each strand string on the appropriate amount of beads. Then wind the beaded strands onto their own bobbins leaving the open stringing end hanging out.
Gather the open stringing ends of all 8 strands and tie them together in a knot.
Drop the knot into the center hole on the Kumihimo disk and place the strings into the slits on either side of the positioning dots.
Your Kumihimo disk should look like this.
Braid about 1/2 inch of braid with no beads. Having no beads on this section will make it easier to bind the end when you need to finish the braid.
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