I’m really into braiding right now and that totally includes trying to work out a gazillion Kumihimo patterns… You see I’m the type of person that will eat pancakes every meal of every day for 5 day straight and then not want pancakes again for months. The same type of person who will glitter everything in her house over the course of a few days only to decide she’s over glitter on the last day. My personality is an addictive one, just like everybody else in my family. When we get into something, we get into it. And when we’ve had our fill, it’s over with. Just ask the 3/4 of a case left of Haribo Gummy Peaches I bought because I couldn’t get enough of them.
Last year I was embroidering my heart out and this year I haven’t even busted out my embroidery hoop once that I can remember. This year it’s all about Kumihimo in a big, big way. Perhaps by this time next year I’ll have exhausted any bit of interest I have in this amazing braiding technique but for now I’m going to immerse myself in it.
One of the things I noticed was that I didn’t have a guide for what each of the braids I’d been knocking out looked like, and I’ve made some pretty awesome Kumihimo patterns. But what good is that when you can’t remember how to make them again? So I’m starting from square one and documenting where I place my cords and what the resulting braid is. Last night I knocked out a quick five and I’m sharing them here today!
If you’re interested in Kumihimo you’ll need a few things. Kits are a great way to get started and they cost around $20-25 – Beadsmith Kumihimo Kit. You can also buy things piecemeal but you’ll at least need to buy the Kumihimo Wheel which runs around $4-5.
When I first got started I used rattail for everything. Rattail is that shiny cord that looks so pretty on kumihimo braids. The bad thing is that I cannot buy it locally so I have to order it (which means paying for shipping which is such a pet peeve of mine for some crazy reason). So I buy it in bulk when I do which is anywhere from $25-40 per order. I’ve since learned that I can work out my Kumihimo patterns with cheap acrylic yarn, like Red Heart brand, and see what’s going to happen without each experiment costing a few dollars.
So get your wheel or your kit and a few colors or yarn and let’s get started, shall we? All of these Kumihimo patterns are for 8 strand braids using 2 colors. Mimic the cord colors and locations to get the braid you see to the right.
The first fourth and fifth look a lot alike but they are definitely visually different when set side by side:
I’ve been documenting my braids and cords so I’ll be able to share more soon! Have you gotten into Kumihimo yet? From what I understand, I’m hardly the only one well and truly addicted to it!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website