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Kumihimo Episode 1: Simple Twist Pattern
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I had Dena, designer and order filler here at Auntie's, teach me this wonderful ancient craft. However I was very intimidated by it! Though I worked it several times and even showed one of the kids how to do it, I just never completed anything. So here I go again. Had her give me a refresher course, she showed me how to end them and well now I am addicted to it! I find myself looking for kumihimo materials to braid with. But I really need to slow my roll and start with the basics. So we started with a simple twist pattern using 8 warp threads. As I learn and Dena's patience holds out we will add to this series starting with patterns and progressing to beads!

Tips and Tricks
  • Kumihimo braids can be stretched after you remove them from your disc to add a bit of length
Karla Schafer, Auntie's Beads Designer
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Customer Reviews
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Rating Kumihimo
Thank you so much Karla. I have had a Kumihimo disc for quite some time and didn't have any idea how to do it. I was on the verge of selling it till I found your video. You make it look so easy, I am making my first bracelet tonight. Please keep em coming, I love it!
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Reviewed by: from Alberta, Canada. - 6/5/2014
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Rating Kumihimo Twist Bracelet
You did good Karla. I like how easy the magnetic closure works.
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Reviewed by: from Fort Worth, Tx.. - 5/15/2014
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Rating Kumihimo
I thought Dena did a nice job, great review after taking only one class, nice to see a refresher. I'm going to check to see if she does one with beads too, not just with the threads.
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Reviewed by: from Midland. - 5/12/2014
5/5
Rating kumihimo
She makes it look so easy! I'll have to get the tools and try it!
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Reviewed by: from ky. - 5/2/2014
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Rating owner, Little beader
loved the demonstration. I never thought to use the threads without the little rubber thread holders. I think I can make one now.
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Reviewed by: from atkinson, nh. - 5/2/2014
Questions and Answers
Q: Good Morning, Can you please tell me how much rattail you would need to make a necklace? I think your videos are so well done and so easy to follow. I receive your emails and have been a sight stalker, but I am going to finally join your beader's club and buy. Thanking you in advance for your help in this matter, Ilene
Asked by: - 7/17/2014 (Submit an answer)
A: Ilene,
I must say we got a kick out of your "site stalker" thank you! Okay the formula I use for determining length is this: The length you want your necklace multiplied by 3 = the length of each strand.
So for a 20" necklace: 20x3=60" per thread. It never hurts to add a bit extra especially if you are knotting your threads. I hope this helps and again thank you for being an Auntie's Beads Site Stalker! Karla
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Q: I would like to make a belt using the Kumihiimo how would you extend the thread length without worring about it coming apart?
Asked by: - 3/15/2015 (Submit an answer)
A: My best answer is to by the rattail by the yard in the amount you need it in. I am not sure how feasible that is to do or to work with. So my other thought would be to do it in sections are as long as one can and put it together with findings so as to link it together. Or you could knot the sections if you didn't want to add extra hardware to the design. I am not sure, there may be away to wrap two ends together with other thread or cord to minimize the spliced or pieced look. If you do one, I would love to see it! Karla
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