Beads Basic - Introduction to Beading



Kumihimo Braiding

Kumihimo braiding is an ancient Japanese type of braiding and is usually done on a marudai (a wooden loom or round stand). The use of marudai allows the threas to be draped over a clat dougnut shaped top called a kagami (mirror in Japanese) and the threads are weighted with wodden bobbins called tama. Weights are tied to the finished braid to balance the tension. However this has since evolved and can now be done on a simple braiding board.


There are pros and cons between a marudai and a card board loom. The card board loom is significantly much cheaper, portable and easy to make. However it can cause abrasion with the fibers at the silts. It is a smoother process to braid by a marudai and you should get it from a reputable merchant who has been in this business for some time.


With the wide variety of different colors and types of fibers available in the market today, they can be mix and match with different materials and beads to create nice jewelry pieces.


You can trial and test the texture and the look you want for your jewelry piece. For example, you might want to use various colors to show a color graduation for the length of the jewelry or to add some seed beads or crystal beads to finish the jewelry piece.


There are many types of kumihimo stitches, from the simple to the complex stitches and using different number of strands.






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