Kumihimo Intro

Nov 19, 2018 | Beading Study Group

Anne DeStefano provided an introduction to kumihimo braiding. We learned how to figure out the length of cord needed, how to arrange the cord in the disk to start, and the three simple movements for each step to build the braid. The initial placement of colors around the disk will determine the pattern that results.

Thanks to Carolyn Granados for the photos.

Original meeting announcement with supply list and notes:

At this month’s meeting, Anne DeStefano will teach the basics of Kumihimo braiding. See below for the supply list and suggestions of where to purchase these items. Bring $10 supply fee for materials Anne will provide (may be less).

Kumihimo necklaces by Anne DeStefano
Artist Anne DeStefano’s Kumihimo necklaces are an example of what we will learn in the November and January meeting

Supply list:

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Paper & pen
  • 4 or 6 inch round kumihimo disk
  • Kumihimo bobbins, weighted or not weighted
  • Center weight if you have one

Notes: The disk and regular bobbins are available at U Bead It, Amazon, and at Fire Mountain Gems. Either size disk will work. Make sure the disk has 32 numbers on it and not 64. The numbers have nothing to do with the size of the disk. You do not need the weighted bobbins for working with cord only. Regular bobbins will work fine. You will need the 1 7/8 size or medium. That is the most common size. As for a center weight, a weight can be made from fishing weights or a bag of pennies. You do not need to buy one as Anne will bring extra weights.

Anne will provide:

  • Cord
  • Weights
  • End caps
  • Thread for tying ends
  • Glue
  • Printed instructions

She also has a couple of extra disks and bobbins that someone can use for the basic session.