Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Experiments in Kumihimo

I'm having way too much fun with my Kumihimo disk,  I've been making braids out of all kinds of materials and beads, here are a couple pieces that ended up as finished jewelry.

The first piece uses fabric from my stash and some metallic round cord in a flat braid.  This flat braid is fast becoming a favorite, the channel down the center created by varying the cord sizes is a great place for beads or other shiny stuff.   I like the rustic look of torn fabric strips, I think it goes well with the clay focal.

Finished Necklace

Braid Detail

This is C-Lon cord and beads.  The large wooden beads are worked into the "rungs" of a ladder braid, the excess cord is braided into a long fringed tail that can be worn in front or behind.  Two strands, lavender and apricot, of size 6 seed beads and spiral knotted cord are woven thru the braid.  The bail is folded micro macrame, another technique I've been playing with.

Bail Detail


  1. I just got my Kumihimo disc recently and haven't gotten to play/practice with it. I really like your rustic braid with the clay focal. Is it the basic braid? Your pieces look great.

  2. It's what Jacqui Carey calls a "rounded flat braid", I highly recommend her books. I started out with "Japanese Braiding: The Art of Kumhimo" (spiral bound).

  3. Love this mixed media piece. Very different.

  4. Beautiful work, Kat. So much variety of texture, such a treat for the eyes!

  5. I admire your work - so very talented and diverse. You are a true artist.