Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified

Rebecca Ann Combs
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Traditional kumihimo with a modern twist!
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Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified offers an easy-to-follow introduction to the age-old art of braiding cords. The 24 projects incorporate just five weaves: 8-warp basket weave, 16-warp trapezoid, 16-warp hollow, 8-warp half-round, and 8-warp square. Rebecca's conversational tone and helpful hints keep jewelry makers on track, and she offers a few "creative closures" that go beyond the typical glue-and-endcap method.

Author: Rebecca Ann Combs
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 128
Color photos: 190
Illustrations: 50
Author Bio
Rebecca Ann Combs has always had a passion for creating and teaching. She is the owner of Design & Adorn Beading Studio in Tucson, Arizona, and has been teaching a variety of classes in jewelry making there since 2008. Her specialty is kumihimo jewelry. She leads a variety of workshops with an emphasis on incorporating beads into kumihimo braids at other venues as well, including the annual Bead&Button Show. She is also the author of Kumihimo Basics & Beyond.
Table of Contents
Introduction.............................................. 4
Basics.......................................................... 6
Kumihimo Toolkit.............................................. 7
Braiding Fibers and Other Supplies................11
Kumihimo Math...............................................14

Chapter 1: Eight-Warp Basket Weave
Double-Take Necklace....................................16
In the Loop Bracelet .......................................27
Rodeo Queen Bracelet................................... 35
Pirouette Necklace......................................... 38

Chapter 2: Eight-Warp Half-Round Braid
Charm Bracelet.............................................. 44
Leather Wrap Bracelet.................................... 48
Harmony Necklace......................................... 50
Mythic Adventure Cuff.................................... 54

Chapter 3: Eight-Warp Square Braid
Midnight’s Treasure Necklace........................ 60
Stretch Goal Bracelet..................................... 64
Crystal Morning Necklace.............................. 66
Bridge Bracelet............................................... 69
Chapter 4: 16-Warp Hollow Braid

Check Me Out Necklace & Bracelet...............74
Silk Ribbon Lariat........................................... 80
My Garden Bracelet....................................... 82
The Ombraid Bracelet.................................... 86

Chapter 5: 16-Warp Trapezoid Braid
Ancient Geometry Necklace & Bracelet......... 94
Bling Bracelet............................................... 100
The Waterfall Necklace..................................102
Triple-Threat Bracelet....................................105

Chapter 6: Mixed Messages
On the Vine Necklace....................................110
Sampler Necklace.........................................116
Sunset by the Lake Bracelet.........................118
Mighty Micro Braids Necklace......................121
Appendix.................................................123
Acknowledgments and
About the Author................................
Reviews
Format: Paperback
Author Rebecca Ann Combs, who wrote an equally wonderful book Kumihimo Basics and Beyond: 24 Braided and Beaded Jewelry Projects on the Kumihimo Disk which came out in 2013, has once again presented the reader with vibrant patterns and beautiful instructions concerning the ancient art of Japanese braiding, kumihimo. It is futile to resist this, her second offering: it's way too illuminating, lovely and fun to learn.
Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified is great for the beginner new to braiding or the more experienced learner who wants to extend her expertise. The disk the author suggests you braid with is the Beadsmith Disk. It is a sturdy disk which comes in a 6" size and a 4" size. It is wonderful to read the author's advice on which one to choose and why (and why, if you get really into kumihimo, you might find it good to have both)!
The book begins with an explanation of what kumihimo and how it came to be. According to the author, "the techniques go back thousands of years, but the heyday of kumihimo in Japan was during the time of the samurai." She also refers to her first book and discusses the fact that in that prior book she didn't use the numbers on the Kumihimo disks. This book differs in this way, as the numbers will be used after each sequence, making the braiding somewhat more manageable.
She discusses all the tools you will need and gives an overview of the fibers, which are gorgeous and come in all sorts of colors and sizes. There is even a section in the basics on "kumihimo math". Once you get into the book, you will see exactly how wonderfully fulfilling making kumihimo jewelry can be. It is just glorious!
The book begins with the Eight Warp Basket Weave. The very first project will teach you the skills you will need to complete all the projects in the book. It is a beautiful necklace. The author says,"Master this project. Learn if forwards and backwards. Then you'll be ready to take the next step on your kumihimo journey." How reassuring is that? I feel eager to learn as much as I can from this encouraging teacher.The photos are clear and the instructions and tips are perfection. All your questions are anticipated and will be answered.Potential mistakes are addressed. I love that--it is very helpful. Adding a pendant and finishing the necklace are all included in this first, seminal project.
Once you have gotten it down, you will quickly progress to making braided bracelets which include beads, and have more elaborate finishing clasps. How pretty do you want it? However pretty you want it, you will get it in Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified. There are all sorts of styles and colors for all sorts of readers with different tastes, from casual to elegant.There are some new styles I have never seen before, such as the "Charm Bracelet" which are made on a base of kumihimo. So fun for a younger learner, or for you to make with your daughter or granddaughter! It has a steeper learning curve that the first project I mentioned, but it is really cute.If you are more of a "tuff chick", try the striking project which follows it, braided in leather, the "Leather Wrap Bracelet". This is quite possibly the one I would try first after getting that initial necklace down pat. It is a double wrap and resembles the Jens Pinds pattern woven from chain maille.Very cool.
In the 16 Warp Hollow Braid chapter, there is a knockout necklace and bracelet set called "Check Me Out". The necklace is plump and has a pendant, as well as two styles of copper chain. The bracelet is flatter and wider, cuff-like. The blue tones of the fibers chosen for this set and the copper chain and end caps, as well as a toggle, play off each other really nicely.
When the reader reaches the chapter called "16 Warp Trapezoid Braid", also known in Japanese as "Kawari Hira Kara Gumi" (each technique you learn comes with the original Japanese name for it) , there are some stunning bracelets to tempt. I liked the hip "Bling Bracelet" which has a number of sliders on black Chinese knotting cord. There is a variation of this one in a rusty brown with a brass adornment front and center, too. Very romantic but updated.
The final chapter is a total Wow! It is titled "Mixed Messages". You'll be braiding more than one braid and more than one color for these projects. For example, "Mighty Micro Braids" is a necklace with a centerpiece of three large big-holed lamp work beads, and a lush collection of kumihimo braids in all sizes and colors, both neutral and "pop". So marvelous, and you (and I) can do it!
There is a very nice explanation off what Marudai is at the end of the book (a way to braid without a disk) with some wonderful photos. For people who become complete fans of the techniques learned in this terrific book, it might be fun to try braiding with the marudai, a freestanding wooden construction which is totally intriguing looking!
This delightful book, Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified: Learn to Braid with a Kumihimo Disk, by the energizing and passionate author Rebecca Ann Coobs, is a must have for jewelry designers who are interested in using fibers when they make jewelry. Grab this for your library!



Several months ago, I was asked to design some Kumihimo jewelry for a group of women. They had graciously agreed to support and donate funds to a local charitable organization. 
Needless to say, this was a labor of love in many respects. I have been creating Kumihimo jewelry for many years incorporating beads and various kinds of threads for the structures. All of the jewelry was completed utilizing the round Kumihimo foam disk.
How easy this would have been if I had this book. The author defines Kumihimo for the reader and instructs one how to best use her book. There are five different braid structures with comprehensive instructions on warping the foam disk and proceeding with the proper movements and exchange of thread in order to achieve these specific patterns.
All necessary tools and materials are pictured. Rebecca starts out with a wonderful visual example of the basket weave pattern which consists of an eight warp braid. One can then proceed to weave a myriad of lovely bracelets and necklaces with the addition of sparkling beads and interesting closures.
Nothing is left to chance. Photographs and instructions for all of the braids presented are outstanding. If one doesn’t already have the skills but the desire to learn the art of Kumihimo I would highly recommend this book. The foam disk is a wonderful alternative to the expensive and rather stationary Marudai loom.  The disk is lightweight and very portable and with the proper tension, one can achieve the same results. - Ray Wenneker - Blogger - http://www.rite-it.blogspot.com/
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