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How to Make a Spiral Kumihimo Braid

How to Make a Spiral Kumihimo Braid
Instructions by Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® In this style of braid, the numbers change position as the disc is turned in a counter-clockwise direction. The kumihimo disk has 32 numbered slots and 4 dots indicating North, East, South and West. To determine strand length needed, multiply desired finished length by 3. Example: If you want a 20-inch necklace, you will need 60 inches of cord. Hold the folded cord end firmly in place on the underside of the disc while setting up the face of the disc. With North at the top of the disc, you are ready to start your braid. Related:  Kumihimo instructionsonyxcrab

Heart Kumihimo Pattern We will need: 16 strings (13 black and 3 pink) about 20 cm longer than your wrist circumference + some for tying the bracelet. How to make a kumihimo bracelet you can take a look here. 1. 2. Save to: Comments: Make A Kumihimo Disk & Bracelet Part 1 My daughter and I have been on a bracelet making kick lately. I've found this fabulous method of making bracelets based on a Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo. My technique uses a homemade Kumihimo disk and embroidery floss. Part 1 of this tutorial focuses on making the disk. Required Supplies:1. 2. Start by cutting out your printed template. Paste the template on your base. Use your knife to cut along the outside circle AND the inside circle. Use a straight edge to cut each of the 32 small lines around the diameter of the circle. Congratulations - you have completed your disk!

Tutorial [b]In this tutorial I will show you how to make a 4 string Kumihimo Rope (or round braid).[/b[ Kumihimo Disk 4 strings about 20 inches each I will use 4 different colors for this tutorial. Step 1 Set your strings up so that they are evenly spaced and opposite eachother. Step 2 Move your bottom string up (from 17 to 32) Step 3 Move your top string down (from 1 to 17) At this point I usually move the first string from 32 back to 1. Step 4 Move your left string to the right (25 to 8) Step 5 Move your right string to the left (9 to 25) Step 6 Repeat steps 1-5. There is no turning in this Technique, you simply repeat the steps over and over. The original author of this tutorial is AutumnRane, but it has also been edited by k_marie and Alicat. Click here to upload photos of your work!

Japanese Braiding Instructins There are hundreds of different kumihimo stitches, some simple and some very complex, using different numbers of strands. A common stitch often taught to beginers is the simple 16-thread rotating stitch (Kongo Gumi). The pattern you get depends on how the strands are arranged at the start. In our directions, "strand" can be ribbon, yarn, fun/fancy fur or something else. Cutting your strands (ribbon, yarn, string, etc.) First determine the length you want to start with. As you hold the knot with one hand, with the other hand, arrange the strands, pulling them into the slots on the disc so they look similar to the picture above. Begin your braid. Take the lower left-hand strand and remove it from the slot, lift it straight up (not across) and put it in the slot directly above (to the left of the upper strands as illustrated in the picture above). Repeat steps 1-4 until finished (when your yarn or ribbon is too short to stay in the slot). Uses for Braids:

Tutorial This tutorial is supposed to teach you how to make Kumihimo friendship bracelets. String You will need strings in different colors. You can use almost all kinds of string, but I prefer to use a little bit thicker string than in ordinary friendship bracelets. Kumihimo disk You will also need a Kumihimo disk. 1. 2. 3. In this section I will show how to make a simple spiral kumihimo bracelet. Setup strings For this bracelet, you will need four blue strings and four orange strings (you can of course use any other color). The second step is to mount the strings onto your kumihimo disc. Each pair of strings will form something we will call a group. Tying the bracelet We are now about to tie the bracelet. 1. 2. 3. You have now done the three basic moves: right string down, left string up, turn disc. 4. 5. 6. Continue in the same way and the bracelet will grow, inch by inch, out of the hole on the back side of the disc. All patterns do not have four groups with two strings in each. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2.

History The Monoyama period (1573 - 1614) is the beginning of the kumihimo of today. It evidenced change in kimono style with the introduction of a very wide ”obi” (sash) that required a narrow cord to hold it in place. The braided ”obijime” was created for this purpose. The style is still worn in Japan today when wearing a kimono is appropriate. Toward the end of the Edo period (1616 - 1867), the takadai, or high braiding stand, developed into its current form, one allowing for more complex, intricate patterns to be created. Edo (later named Tokyo) became the center for kumihimo. By the time of the Meiji period (1867 - 1912) samurai culture had declined and the wearing of armor was prohibited by law. Despite this, there still is a market for expensive, exclusive hand-braided products, especially for obijime.

Kumihimo - Getting Started 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. In Kumihimo, each thread in one single "slit" is referred to as a warp. Setting Up the Disk Starting the BraidPlease note that when we mention a numbered slit, it refers to the slit to the left of that number.

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