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Getting Started with Kumihimo - 8 Warp Basic Round Braid

Kumihimo is a form of Japanese braiding using various types of stringing material, often combined with beads to make exceptional jewelry. The term Kumihimo in Japanese means the gathering of threads. This technique involves using different types of looms to achieve different types of braids. The possibilities are endless and can be customized to suit everybody, so find your Kumihimo supplies and get started!

When doing Kumihimo you will learn that using a different number of strands, as well as different colors, will change the overall look. Different types of stringing material can also change the look, as well as adding beads to all or some of the strands. Keep in mind that you may not want to use a stringing material that stretches.

In Kumihimo, each thread in one single "slit" is referred to as a warp. Here we will be using the round Kumihimo disk with 32 slits to create an 8 warp basic round braid. A good rule of thumb when measuring stringing material is to multiply the length you want by three. This will accommodate most designs unless you are using larger beads, in which case you may need to adjust the length. Once you have mastered the basic round braid, learn how to add beads to Kumihimo.

Setting Up the Disk

Step 1 STEP 2 STEP 3
Gather all eight strands and tie a knot at one end. If you are using extra long lengths we advise using bobbins to keep your strands from tangling.
Drop the knotted end into the center hole on the Kumihimo disk.
Separate the strands out into four groups with two strands each and lay them over the disk at the black positioning dots. When setting up the disk, the number 32 should be at the top.
STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6
Starting with 32, place one strand on each side of the dot. Gently pull the strands into the slits.
Move directly across the disk and place one string into the slit on either side of the black dot (the number 16). Keep enough tension on the strands to maintain the knot in the center of the hole in the disk.
Moving to the right hand side of the disk, place one strand into the slits on either side of the black dot (the number 8).
STEP 7
Move across to the left side of the disk and place one strand into the slits on either side of this black dot (the number 24). Once all the warps are in place your disk should look like this. Note that the knot is still centered.

Starting the Braid
Please note that when we mention a numbered slit, it refers to the slit to the

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