Thursday, September 4, 2008

Kumihimo Anyone?


Do you like easy? I sure do and I love this easy to use braiding board. Its called Kumihimo and is a Japanese method of braiding. Traditional Kumihimo boards are not really boards but made from wood and stand rather tall. There are many different braids you can do but I like this one, using 8 cords, which is very simple.



You bring one cord down and the next one move up keeping two cords next to each other as you go around and around and around. This is what it looks like as the thick cording starts to get longer and longer. I'm using silk cording but you can use almost anything.

Its very "mindless" and you can sit anywhere and do it. Last year I made a few necklaces but haven't done anything with them. So I decided to try bracelets, something simple. After I reached the length I wanted I tied thread around the ending and cut off the excess cord.

Now, silly me didn't take a photo of the end result! Sorry about that. I'll show you that either later today or tomorrow. I hope you go get yourself a Kumihimo board and give this a try. Its so fun and easy..... I taught my second graders how to do this and they loved it!!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never heard of that - but I am going to find myself one and try it!

Marcia

rosebud101 said...

You are so right about kumihimo! I find it incredibly relaxing. I just don't know how to finish the ends. I'll check back to see yours!

Linda said...

Oh, please do.....I will have the finishing products and glue type to use..Just got home from the first day with kids. Back to back classes all day long with a half hour lunch. 6 classes total!!! I'm pooped...so forgive me if I don't post it tonight :)

angelinabeadalina said...

Cool...I hadn't looked it up, so I hadn't seen the boards. I like the way the braids look, but I just assumed I would be to clumsy to keep from tangling everything! Looks fun! Glad you survived the first day back!

Deb said...

Hi Linda - I love the look & concept of Kumihimo, but like everything else supplies are almost impossible to find here (& when you do incredibly overpriced). Still - I am sorely tempted.
Your efforts, are of course just fabulous!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

That looks really cool Linda! What a nice accent to a great handmade focal bead! I must learn how to do that and add it to my repertoire!

Jenn said...

I like this braiding style! I've been wanting to try some of the Chinese braiding too (since I live in Hong Kong, now).