My new wrap bracelet makes me smile as soon as I view our semi-precious gemstone laughing buddha bead.
Our Dazzle-it kumihimo disk, bobbins and rattail are in Michaels and I wanted to encourage you to take a peak at all the other fibers you can find in the store to use in our disk too.
To make a simple, but very beautiful eight strand kumihimo braid, you need the following.
1. Our kumihimo disk. It comes with instructions and you will find many many videos, how-tos and advice online as well.
2. A selection of interesting fibers. Our classic rattail is perfect for braiding, but you can try other fibers too. Just be gentle loading them into the foam disk slots.
3. To “tie off” an end before cutting your braid to size, you need a good thread.
4. Depending on how you want to finish a braid, these classic closures are ideal.
5. Endcaps are available in many sizes and shapes. These are my favorite and you simply glue them onto your braid.
6. Jump rings to attach your closures.
7. My laughing buddha bead has been wired so I can use it as a dangle.
My double wrap looks so pretty!
Our kumihimo disks and accessories are in Michaels.
Here is a closer look at a glued in place endcap.
I was in my local Michaels craft store yesterday and noticed that a few of our rattail colours for kumihimo were sold out.
It reminded me that I could show you how to use a combination of fibers to make a gorgeous kumihimo braid. As long as you have our Dazzle-it Kumihimo disk, you can create unique braids all the time. You can see here that I did use our pink rattail, but I also added in some wool, beaded string and cotton cord.
The more you experiment, the better the braid!
This latest kumihimo braid needs no embellishment. I am wearing it just as it is.
I have the most colourful kumihimo braid jewelry set to share with you today. They appear in the summer issue of A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine.
Every issue is jam packed with ideas and I subscribe to it digitally!
You might be surprised to know that this set was created with the classic 8 strand kumihimo braid and disk. My fiber choices are making this look so complex.
I have been experimenting with non-traditional strands for my kumihimo projects. This braid features five stands of hand spun artisan yarn, two strands of my own hand made t-shirt yarn (tarn) and one strand of this fun pom pom ribbon yarn.
My kumihimo disk is foam and it readily accepted the different fibers. I was careful with my braiding so that I did not stretch my disk inserts. The cut lines were very forgiving with these thick fibers. I had no issues at all.
As I braided, I made sure my pom poms were not twisted to the inside of the braid. I was so happy to see how they looked free of the braid.
Since my braid was thicker than usual, in order to insert it into my end cap I needed to gather my fibers tightly. I wrapped wire around each cut end making it easier to glue all these fibers neatly into the end cap.
My hot pink necklace and bracelet are going to be just perfect for the summer!