Thursday 17 October 2013

Kumihimo Here We Come!

how to kumihimo

Today I want to share with you the simple, but amazing craft - Kumihimo.
Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making which looks amazingly intricate and difficult - which it isn't :)

Let us start with an 8-threaded simple braclet:

kumihimo braclet how to

For this craft I used the rests of some finished projects.
I used some Drops Baby Alpaca Silk.

You will also need a Kumihimo disc.

kumihimo threads

1,2. Cut 8 threads from your balls each about 60cm long
3. Make a knot in the one end of your yarn.

kumihimo disc

Push your knot through the hole in the middle of your disc.
Insert two strands of yarn through the slits at 12, 3, 6 and 9 O'Clock as shown above.
Now start at the 12 O'Clock position.

kumihimo how to

kumihimo explained

Turn your disc 90° and do the same with the beige yarn.

Continue in this fashion until your yarn is too small to hook into the slits.

Here is a quick 1 minute video to explain the steps above

Once you yarn is too short to continue, take out your finished kumihimo band.

kumihimo band

Knot the open end and trim.

Then knot the ends together to create a great bracelet.

kumihimo braclet

Now it is your turn - link up all your great crafts and craft tutorials below.

Remember at the end of October I will be featuring all Tutorials I find linked below (these need to be laid out in a step-by-step format and need to be photo rich). 

If I feature 3 or more of your tutorials, I will be posting a full post about you and your great crafts.

Only rule to follow - please do not link your blogging how to's here. You can link those posts HERE


  1. Love fiber crafts :) Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thank you for hosting today's party. I hope you had a great weekend! I'm glad to be here checking out some great Fall projects that are being added up each week :)

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough `

  3. This might just make a great gift for my smart as a whip and 20 year old, 8 year old granddaughter. She loves this kind of craft making. What is the suggested age range for this?

    Over from LinkedIn group BHB

    1. Hi Patricia,
      I have my teenage daughters making these and I would say that even your 8 year old granddaughter would manage this well.
      Thanks for visiting.


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