Twist, Turn & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner's Guide to Making Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewelry

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The traditional Japanese art of cord braiding--known as kumihimo-- has been around for centuries. The technique, which uses a loom and several strands of silk thread, was once used to create the strong, slender cords that reinforced samurai warrior armor. Today, it is primarily used to make beautiful, color-drenched cords for jewelry and other decorative items. In Twist, Turn, & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids, readers will get everything they need to get started in this ...
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Overview


The traditional Japanese art of cord braiding--known as kumihimo-- has been around for centuries. The technique, which uses a loom and several strands of silk thread, was once used to create the strong, slender cords that reinforced samurai warrior armor. Today, it is primarily used to make beautiful, color-drenched cords for jewelry and other decorative items. In Twist, Turn, & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids, readers will get everything they need to get started in this ancient craft, including a mini braiding loom! They'll also find:
  • An overview of tools and materials from looms to bobbins to glues to beads
  • Step-by-step instructions for basic loom braiding, handling threads, beads, and more
  • 50 gorgeous projects from simple beginner braids to complex beaded cords
  • 400 full-color photographs for inspirations and instruction

With details on kumihimo terminology, starting and finishing braids, and calculating thread and bead counts, this book is an ideal guide for new braiders.

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"Kemp's thorough guide gives solid information and background about this traditional craft, yet the designs are contemporary and accessible. Jewelry makers will be drawn to this collection of pretty projects." --Library Journal
Library Journal
06/15/2014
Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique that traditionally uses a wooden stand called a marudai to create intricate braids using silk threads. In this beginner's overview, Kemp (Braid & Bead Studio) introduces the art of kumihimo using a cardboard disk (included with the book) in place of the customary marudai. Getting started with kumihimo is easy—the selected threads are knotted together and placed in numbered slots on the disk. The disk is turned and the threads are moved according to a diagram, producing a braided cord. After a short series of braids intended to introduce and reinforce the proper use of the braiding disk, Kemp moves into a variety of more complex braids, each assigned a skill level. Many of the braids are finished into necklaces or bracelets and the result is similar to the friendship bracelets many crafters made as children—only more intricate. Though a variety of threads can be applied, thread specifically designed for kumihimo is the best choice, but that's the only specialized supply most crafters will need to get started. VERDICT Kemp's thorough guide gives solid information and background about this traditional craft, yet the designs are contemporary and accessible. Jewelry makers will be drawn to this collection of pretty projects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764166433
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2014
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 87,697
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


After a decade in the prestige jewelry industry, Beth Kemp's love of textiles and beading led her to the art of kumihimo. Today, she shares her knowledge of the art form through articles, books, classes, and her online store, Braid and Bead Studio.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    one of the best!

    A great book for Kumihimo! I have purchased several other books on this subject, but found this book by Beth Kemp to be one of the best. It takes you from the simple to complex ways to design a project. The instructions were very good and pictures nice. I can't say I would use the disc provided as I already have one, but I think it is helpful for those first starting out (one less thing to purchase). I purchased one book for myself at a B&B store and had to get one for my sister from B&B online. My sister liked the book as well. A nice compliment to your jewelry library!

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    Unique, Beautiful, and Hypoallergenic A book that I recently pu

    Unique, Beautiful, and Hypoallergenic

    A book that I recently purchased on net making has me interested in making all sorts of things now!

    When I saw this beautiful guide to kumihimo I fell in love. I'm fairly sensitive to metals, so these unique pieces of beads and thread are hypoallergenic AND beautiful! If you are looking to personalize your jewelry box, make gifts, or sell handmade accessories, this book will blow your mind! Included with the book are a kumihimo disc and over 50 different detailed projects. All you need to buy is the thread and beads. Projects vary in skill level so there are plenty of options, and soon you'll be designing your own pieces.

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