How to make a beaded Kumihimo bracelet! Kumihimo tutorial step by step
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Designed by: Alicja Czapla
Alicja Czapla will show you how to make a beaded kumihimo bracelet. Using this method, aside from bracelets you can also create necklaces or earrings. Our tutorial will show you step by step how to make impressive jewellery on a disk. It's a great alternative for people having problems with crochet. But we must warn you – working with kumihimo is really addictive!
Kumihimo is perfect for those who have problems with crochet. I think it's faster and easier to work with.
So let's begin!
- Kumihimo disk – for beads I recommend a large round disk, it will be easier to pull threads and catch beads under threads. For threads only a smaller disk is more comfortable.
- TOHO beads – 8/o, almost a full pack.
- Jewellery glue – to attach the findings.
- Jump rings – open, 7mm, to attach a clasp.
- Lobster clasp – 10mm.
- Charms – additional decoration, but also helps to close a clasp on hand.
- Beading needle – I recommend BigEye, it's best to string beads.
- Metal clip – to weight it down.
- Bobbins to wind the beaded strands onto them – they’re not necessary, I will show you what you can use instead of them
- Beading thread – the thicker the better. With kumihimo it's really important for thread to fill the bead as much as possible. Here I'm using filoselle but had to take double thread as it was too thin. Filling the bead is very important, if thread will be too thin our work will collapse. S-Lon tex135 are an exception. Beads don't collapse even though they're thin. It's best for thread to be the same or similar colour as our beads.
You can make your bracelet using different colours or different sizes of beads. If you won't want to stop, make a necklace instead of a bracelet.
Cut 4 threads, 120cm each and fold them in half and tie the threads in a knot. Slip 41 beads onto each strand (it will fit 15cm wrist).
If you don't have spools, use a piece of paper or a string bag and close it in a bag.
Now slide the knot through a hole in a disk and clip them.
Place the threads on the disk as pictured. Place one threads either side of numbers 32, 8,16 and 24:
You should have a thread either side of dot 32. Rotate the board so you are holding this dot at the top. Take the cord from the notch to the left of dot 16 (at the bottom) and move it straight upwards to the notch to the left of the two cords at the top. You will now have 3 cords at the top and one at the bottom.
Now take the cord furthest right at the top and bring it down to the right of the remaining bottom cord. Turn the braiding board 90 degrees counter-clockwise and repeat the same process, moving the bottom left cord to the top left, and the top right cord to the bottom right. Repeat until you have created a few centimetres of unbeaded braid. We should get around 1cm of braid.
Now to start adding the beads, bring a bead down the next cord you work with. Place it all the way to the bottom of the cord. You will find that it sits under the cord you used last.
Repeat this step bottom to top.
Turn the disk and repeat.
It is important to make sure in the middle of our braid there's no visible hole. If there is you may have missed a bead.
If there is a hole, we need to go back. Otherwise there will be a hole in our bracelet. Repeat it until all beads are processed.
Once you have used all the beads, create 1cm length of thread just like at the beginning.
Remove the threads from the disk.
Secure the ends with glue.
Use glue next to beads, without it the braid will not hold together. After the glue has dried, cut threads close to the beads.
Attach findings, clasp and a charm. Your bracelet is ready!
Few useful tips:
a) If you want to take a break, leave your disc like on picture below. Like this you won't make a mistake and there will be no doubts as to where you stopped, you'll know bottom left thread has to go up.
b) If you'd rather use TOHO 11/o you're gonna need 52 beads for each string
c) If you decide to make a necklace, you need to count how many beads you need, depending how long you want it. We used 41pc of 8/o(3mm) so there was apx 12.3cm on each string for 15cm braid. We need to use three times as much thread as beads. So if we use 50cm of beads, thread is gonna be 150cm. Bracelets are an exception, we need to use 60cm regardless, so we don't run out of thread(at least I prefer to have some extra).
And that's how a Kumihimo necklaces look:
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