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kumihimo bracelet 13/05/2016

Kumihimo Braiding: A History

Kumihimo continues to surge in popularity with crafts lovers all over the world, and we’re not surprised: evidence of Kumihimo braiding dates back to 7,500 BC, so there’s plenty of inspiration to draw from. From making a simple, colourful bracelet to creating a Kumihimo necklace with integrated pearls and crystals, there’s a lot you can do with braiding if you use the right Kumihimo supplies.   To learn more about the tradition, let’s dive into the history of the ancient Japanese art form to truly learn to love it. Kumihimo... Read More

Kumihimo | Kumihimo Supplies | The Bead Shop 22/07/2015
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The Secret to Kumihimo Success

We are huge fans of Kumihimo braiding at The Bead Shop, but we know that it can look a little daunting to someone who is just starting out in jewellery making. Kumihimo braiding is a traditional Japanese technique that is continuing to grow in popularity, as more of us are creating or our custom pieces of jewellery.   You can make gorgeous Kumihimo jewellery with just a few simple supplies, that won’t cost you the earth. With this you can create beautiful necklaces, bracelets, anklets and more. If you’ve already... Read More

22/11/2013

How To Create Kumihimo Punk Jewellery with Glass Spike Beads

As a Jewellery designer it is always exciting to explore the latest fashion trends, so I was elated at the knowledge that Punk will feature prominently throughout 2013/14. Designers such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace have used everything from spikes chain and rivets to studs, zippers and buckles, in their designs to create a futuristic punk look. But how do we create this futuristic punk look in our own jewellery creations? Let me show you how! To achieve a successful punk aesthetic, the look needs to be... Read More

01/11/2013

How To Make Festive Swarovski Kumihimo Bracelet

As the Festive season is fast approaching bursting with Christmas do’s, New year’s eve parties as well as families to organise and presents to buy, things are undoubtedly going to get hectic. If you’re thinking that you need a bit of glitz to go with your faithful little black dress, don’t panic! You don’t need to make that over budget impulsive buy. Why not create your very own festive Swarovski Kumihimo Bracelet with plenty of glitz and glamour at half the cost? Plus the added extra satisfaction of hand crafting... Read More

29/05/2013

Inspired Kumihimo Bracelet with Spiked Glass Beads

from 8p each Spikes; no longer reserved for punks and rockers…these vicious little beauties have officially gone mainstream! Last year saw the fashion world go spike crazy; but here we are, almost half way through 2013 and they show no evidence of giving up. Never one to shy away from trends, we now stock a beautiful range of Czech Glass Spikes. To showcase the range we have combined them with two other timeless favourites; the Kumihimo braid and 4mm Swarovski Bicones. We think they look spike-tastic as a woven bracelet... Read More

17/05/2013

How To Make a Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet with Seed Beads

Using the Miyuki Long Magatama seed beads, you can create this beautiful Kumihimo snake like bracelet. It is made exactly the same as the beaded Kumihimo with Swarovski or the round Miyuki seed beads.   Emily Kersh In House Designer       HelpFul Links Simple 8 Kumihimo Braiding Technique

14/12/2012

Kumihimo Jewellery by Elizabeth Hassin

What have you made and why do you like it? – Kumihimo jewellery What inspired you?  I found it by chance on the net then ordered it . It’s so relaxing Which type of beads you have used and why? Miyuki Seed beads 6/0 and Swarovski 6 mm Xillion bicones beads  

26/10/2012

Simple 8 Kumihimo Braiding Technique

Learn About Kumihimo Braiding Recently and we’ve been really busy trying out different beading and cord techniques with the new Kumihimo Round boards.  Here are some of the creations we came up with. All the techniques that follow are based around the Simple 8 Warp Braid technique; the instructions for this are included with all of the round Kumihimo Braiding boards that we stock. These fabulous little numbers have had all the girls swooning here at Bead shop HQ and none of us can quite believe how simple this kind of effect is to... Read More

28/09/2012

Kumihimo braiding has really taken off recently

We recently showed a demonstration of Kumihimo braiding at the craft show in Manchester Central earlier this month and everyone went wild for it! For such a complicated looking design it is surprising how easy it is to make. All you need to complete the braid is a Kumihimo disc, 8 lengths of thread (1 meter each as you are making a necklace, 0.5 meters each if you are making a bracelet), a weight, 8 Bob-eez (bobbins to you and me), end fasteners and away you go. At first the thread set... Read More

28/02/2012

Kumihimo Jewellery by Wendy

What have you made and why do you like it?Bracelets and Necklaces What inspired you?I was introduced to ‘Kumihimo’ while visiting my cousin in Canada, shehas lived in Hong Kong and studied Weaving & braiding while there. Ireally am hooked on it now and enjoy trying new ‘patterns’. I am onlyjust starting to find supplies of items needed on the internet, thisstarted out only a few but I seem to find more each day. Which type of beads you have used and why?I used Toho beads size 6 or 8... Read More