Techniques & Tips

Disk Stand Hack

This handy stand is used in Japan to hold a plastic bag for trash or as a drying rack for glasses and bottles.  However, it is also perfect for holding a foam disk in an elevated position while workin...

Octo Plate Demystified Video

What is an Octo Plate? How do you use it and what types of braids does it make? Where can you find patterns? This video answers all of these questions and more. Octo Plate Video       &...

Japanese Fibers – How to Start a Braid

Japanese fibers generally come in a package at pre cut lengths of 2.8m or 2.7m. When using these multi-thread fibers you can start your braid with the full length if you want to make a long braid at 5...

Using Gemstones in Kumihimo

Gemstone beads elevate your beaded kumihimo designs to the realm of sophisticated jewelry. However, it can also be difficult to use gemstones in braids. Large center drilled beads in general pose a lo...

Unusual Tools & Hacks

Recording from June 2nd,2021 Kumi Wednesday Zoom class. Essential kumihimo tools, not so common and hacks with lots of tips from students.

Beaded Kongoh Gumi (Round Braid)

MARUDAI Step 1: The two cords and move them at the same time – your hands move simultaneously. The cords will go directly over the top of the mirror passing parallel to one another. Pick up the ...

Quick & Easy Ending – Beaded Braids

Use this method when braiding with CLon or SLon.

Leaders – Why, When & How?

Recording from the March 3, 2021 Kumi Wednesdays Zoom class with Adrienne.

Japanese Braiding – Art of Kumihimo

During the January 13, 2021 Kumihimo Wednesdays with Adrienne three essential kumihimo books were reviewed.  One of them was Jacqui Carey’s popular book Japanese Braiding the Art of Kumihimo. Ca...

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