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Getting Started with Kumihimo

The 8 Warp Basic Round Braid
designed byArtbeads
Skill LevelBeginner
TechniqueKumihimo
Time1-3 hours
This technique involves using different types of looms to achieve different types of braids. This tutorial shows an 8 warp basic round braid.
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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.

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Add all available items to your cart at once or edit the quantities below. Nice choice! All or most of the products needed for this project are shown below with quantities. Sometimes we sell out of components and aren’t able to order more from the manufacturer (we know, it is very disappointing to us, too). Use the opportunity to mix up the design and make it yours by substituting similar products or altering the entire color scheme—it’s up to you!
Kumihimo Braiding Disk by The Beadsmith (Small)
Code TOOL-0139
Brand BeadSmith Dimensions 4.5-Inch Diameter
1 $3.59
The Beadsmith S-Lon (Super-Lon) Bead Cord Earth Tone Mix - 4 Spools, 77 yards ea.
Code SLON0043
Material Synthetic Fiber Brand S-Lon (Super-Lon) Thickness 0.6mm Sold on Spools Place Of Origin USA
1 $13.99
The BeadSmith Kumihimo Braiding Kit for Beginners
Code KIT-0221
Brand BeadSmith
1 $28.99
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