A must-have book for anyone who enjoys making their own jewellery, this collection of gorgeous Japanese braids shows you how to create beautiful cord jewellery with a kumihimo loom.
The specially-drawn graphics make following the instructions easy for the beginner to intermediate crafter, and expert braider Beth Kemp gives a master class in combining different colours and textures of cords.
Includes plenty of ideas for how to use braids in your jewellery making, such as how to finish with clasps, add accent beads, or create decorative end knots. The book comes with a cardboard braiding disc that you can just pop out from the front cover. This cute taster loom gives you something to try out your skills on.
Kumihimo is a new craft for me and I must admit it did take me a few tries to get the hang of it.
It is a craft I love and the effects of the simple task of braiding is amazing and the therapeutic mindfulness gives much needed quiet time.
This is a wonderful project book. It is full of beautiful jewellery pieces, and even though they look like they are difficult to do, believe me this is one of the easiest crafts to do that gives a professional and brilliant result almost immediately.
The book comes with a Kumihimo disc and also a template. This means you can make one for your family and friends and enjoy as a group activity.
The instructions are simple and with lots of information of what you need it is a book that is well worth getting if you love making jewellery. I do recommend that you get the bobbins, and a weight. This will help with your final result.-- Tracy Shephard * Postcard Reviews *
This is a beautiful beginner's guide to making braids & beutiful cord jewellery. The book includes a kumihimo disc so you'll have what you need to get started. Everything is explained for you and you are taken step-by-step through each project. Each project details what you'll need, what skill level the project is graded. It also shows you which part of the Kumihimo disc you will be using. The books contains fantastically clear pictures to help you with the instructions. I prefer following pictures and found them really easy to understand. All of the basic techniques are covered including how to start and finish projects. Each of the projects takes you through a journey learning new braiding techniques. As your confidence builds you move onto the next project and the next technique. There are many amazing effects and beautiful styles of jewellery. There are so many I would love to make. The mix of projects is fantastic and have a shop bought look to them. They are just so classy and perfect. I love the fact that you receive the Kumihimo Disc with the book. It means that all you need to order is the thread and beads. I just can't decide which is my favorite. If you want to learn Kumihimo then this is a fantastic place to start. You'll be designing your own in no time. http://www.crochetaddictuk.com/2014/02/twist-turn-tie-50-japanese-braids-book.html* Crochet Addict UK *
Kumihimo is a great way of making braids of all kinds, from bases for beautiful jewellery to decorating garments. Previously this was all done on an item called a marudai, but now it can be done in the hand using a simple disk. One of these disks is stored in a handy pocket on the back cover, but you can buy plastic ones too. This book is a great introduction to the craft, and tells you what to buy, how to get started and useful things such as calculating how much thread to buy. Most of the book is taken up with patterns, and these are all made up into jewellery. You can first learn how to begin, and then off you go with fifty lovely pieces. Choose from necklaces of various lengths to bracelets, a bag pull and a bookmark. Each pattern features a page-sized photo of the finished item, while opposite there are instructions, a diagram of how the threads look on the disk when starting, materials and useful tips. These include Be A Better Braider and references to where you can find out how to finish off and the type of braid used. Most use a round disk like the one supplied, others use a square type. The author is Australian and uses materials found there; those living in other countries must source their own which will not be the same. This aside, I found this to be a good straightforward guide to the most modern way of an ancient technique with some beautiful pieces to make and wear.* Myshelf.com *
The traditional Japanese art of braiding is done using an elegant loom called a Marudai, using groups of silk threads, weights and bobbins, which can be quite daunting and expensive for someone wishing to learn about the craft. The braids were originally used to decorate and re-enforce the armour of Samurai warriors.
However, a few years ago an enterprising Japanese braider took advantage of the modern materials now available and devised a simple foam disc with numbered notches around the edge which ca accomplish the same braiding patterns much more comfortably and easily and called it the Mobidai (a combination of the words mobile and Marudai). Needless to say the Mobidai, more commonly know in Western countries as a Kumihimo disc, is portable, not expensive, and a pleasure to use. It has taken the Beading world by storm as it is only on step further to add bead and pendants to the cords and make jewellery....beaders have taken over from the Samurai warriors!
Many Kumihimo books on braiding with a disc are based on the basic braid using eight threads (called a Round 8 braid), and all designs are variations of this one basic theme. Not this book! Many other types of braids are covered, using twelve threads (a Round 12 braid), sixteen threads (Round 16 braid) even a Round 4 braid. There are flat braids, Spiral Flat braids, twisted spiral braids using different thickness' of threads, Square braids, Hollow braids, braids and knots combined... and these are only the braids made on a round disc!
Next we have the flat braids made on the square plate with eight positions and twelve positions, and a very original zig-zag braid.
The coloured patterns on the braids are achieved by changing around the coloured threads before starting to braid. Beads are threaded on before braiding. Everything in the book is clearly explained, it is very easy to follow and well illustrated, the projects are well thought out and described and vary in skill level, beginners and more experienced will all find something to inspire them.
The book gives details on kumihimo terminology (kumihimo means "gathered threads"), how to start and finish braids, how to calculate thread lengths before starting and the number of beads needed for each project. There is so much information in this book that it is quite unnecessary to look elsewhere in another book for more information. Each project clearly indicates the skill level required, the final length of the necklace and what you will need to make it, the techniques used, hot to prepare the disc and a very useful box entitled "How to be a better braider" with tips on possible more advanced variations and techniques.
I have only experienced one difficulty with the book and that is obtaining the supplied Beth recommends. She is very fond of threads with the amusing name of "imposter kumihimo threads" which are not yet available in the UK. However there are so many types of thread cords and ribbons that can be used for kumihimo that this does not present a serious problem.
If I tried to list all of the information in this book this review would be far too long! Beth is clearly an excellent teacher who knows her subject thoroughly and has experience of both traditional kumihimo and modern disc kumihimo. The book has all the information needed and the projects are beautiful and inspiring. If yo only want one book on this craft, then this would be the one! A lovely book and thoroughly recommended!!!* The Bead Society of Great Britian *
Prelims (5 pp)
Introduction (2 pp)
Discover how to create beautiful jewellery and accessories with kumihimo, by combining different techniques with threads and beads. This introduction features an overview of why the author loves kumihimo, the history, and how it's evolved into making the beautiful fashion accessories of today.
Chapter One/ Materials, Tools, Equipment (6 pp)
A detailed section about the essential materials and equipment used to create kumihimo, with pictures and information about each.
* Sample disk included with this book: Round pressed foam disk
Square pressed foam disk
* End caps
* EZ bobs and bobbins
* Beading needles and beading thread
* Other beading materials that have been used in this book
* General beading and sewing tools -pliers, scissors, tape measure, and so on.
Chapter Two/ Before you Begin (6 pp)
Figuring thread and bead quantities to use
* Classic lengths for necklaces and bracelets
* Threads-calculating thickness and length
* Beads-calculating the number of beads to use
Beads and Findings
Information on various types of beads and findings:
* Different types of beads
* Strings of beads
* End caps and clasps
* Basic instructions for simple designing even the beginner can use.
* Different setups for different results
* Changing the textures of threads
* Mixing the textures
* Recording your own braids
Chapter Three/ Core techniques (10 pp)
Detailed instructions from the basic braid worked on the disk supplied to handling threads and beads.
* Using the disk supplied
* Using the kumihimo disk (round disk)
* Setting up the disk
* Preparing the threads
* Using traditional kumihimo silk
* Basic round 8 braid
* Other braids
* Using the kumihimo plate (square disk)
* Beaded braids: preparing the threads and releasing the beads
Starting and Finishing
A section devoted to various ways to start and finish kumihimo braids from the basic overhand knot to the more complex loop and knot.
* Starting and finishing with an overhand knot
* Finishing with end caps
* Finishing with a connector bead
* Starting with a plaited loop
* Finishing with a tassel
* Finishing with a knot
Details of terms used when making kumihimo braids.
* Warp, point of braiding
* Leader thread, whipping, and so on.
Chapter Four/ Projects (92 pp)
A collection of projects and designs from the simple beginner's braid worked on the disk supplied, through to more complex beaded braids. This section is broken up into plain braids, beaded braids, braids using the kumihimo plate (square disk), and fashioning fancy knots.
Plain braids on the Kumihimo round disk:
A selection of patterns from beginner to the more advanced braider.
* "My first kumihimo braid" on the disk supplied
Round 8-threads in 8 positions
Round 12--threads in 12 positions
Round 16-threads in 16 positions
Round 4-threads in 4 positions
Changing the colour setup for different patterns
Flat 8-threads in 8 positions
Flat 12-threads in 12 positions
Other flat braids
* Making very fine braids:
3 mm braid for a special pendant with knot and loop closure
* Square braids (bangle)
* Spiral braids
* Hollow braids
Beaded braids on the Kumihimo round disk
* Beaded round braids: Seed beads on some threads Seed Beads on all threads
Magatama beads on all threads (blue moon) Mixtures of seed beads
Pearls and other gems Free-form beaded braids Beaded Flat Braids
Tying braids into Decorative Knots:
Detailed diagrams for tying decorative knots with Kumihimo braids
Flat braids on the Kumihimo square disk:
This section will include both plain and beaded
* Flat 8-threads in 8 positions
* Flat 10-threads in 10 positions
* Flat 12-threads in 12 positions
* Zigzag and other unusual braids
Templates for Making your own disk (4 pp)
* For making the one supplied
* Octagonal with 16 positions
* Round with 32 positions
* Square with 16 positions
* Square with 32 positions
Index, Glossary, and Credits (2 pp)