Kumihimo Books

Books for Braiding Disk and Plates


Kumihimo Braiding for Jewelry Designers

from The Beadsmith

Making cords is fun, easy and fast. In fact, a technique that looks this great shouldn't be this easy! While there are many braid structures that can be worked within the universe of board braiding, this booklet will concentrate on one easy-to-master braid, the spiral or kongo braid. The projects in this booklet progress from easy to more advanced. Softcover, 24 pages, measures 5-1/2" x 8-1/2.



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Item # - 737 - $5.99

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Beautiful Braiding Made Easy

by Helen Deighan

If you own one instructional book about the disk and plate, this should be it.
A great book about braiding with either the braiding disk or plate. Wonderful illustrations, covering a number of round braids, flat braids, triangular braids, braids with cores, and using beads with the braiding cards. 48 pages, softbound.

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Item # - 738 - $26.95

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Kumi' Braiding with Beads-Yarn-Thread-Cords

by Suzanne McNeill

14 jewelry projects, all using the most basic 8 strand spiral braid with a variety of threads and yarns. A good 'first' book for someone new to braiding who wants to make a pretty necklace. Well illustrated. Softcover, 19 pages, measures 8-1/2" x 11".

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Item # - 739 - $9.95

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Necklaces Braided on the Kumihimo Disk

by Karen DeSousa

This project-oriented book is written in English and with photos showing you step-by-step how to make a braid how it should look as you're creating it and how to turn it into a beautiful necklace. It includes easy-to-follow instructions for 10 necklaces including braiding with beads. For those who love the kumihimo disk and really want to put it through it's paces this book is for you. Includes projects for all skill levels and all ages. Softcover 36 pages measures 8.5 x 11.
Item # - 740 - $21.99

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More Necklaces Braided on the Kumihimo Disk

by Karen DeSousa

Takes off where the other books ended, more inspiring and beautiful projects to braid! More patterns. More necklaces. More great tips for making and finishing beautiful braids. It's suitable for beginners and challenging enough for more experienced braiders. The book revisits the round braid (for beginners) and then adds seed beads and finishes without findings. The Laramie Twist, the 16 bobbin Roundabout, a different round braid called the Top and Bottom Tango that lets you evenly space out beads and crystals, and the Color Tipped Swirl which puts an edge of color to a fabulous twist braid. Softcover, 36 pages, measures 8-1/2 x 11.
Item # - 741 - $21.99

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Braiding with Beads on the Kumihimo Disk

by Karen DeSousabr>

Most braiders never get past the basic round braid, and that's okay because there's so much you can do with it. Start off by designing your own project and then proceed through 12 different necklace and bracelet projects. You'll learn about the various textures provided by different shapes and finishes of beads. Plus, you'll learn how to create patterns with color and how to prep, braid and finish each project. From a Retro 50s look to an Out of this World lariat, this book is filled with braiding inspiration. Softcover, 36 pages, measures 8-1/2" x 11".
Item # - 742 - $21.99

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Braiding Disk Instructions

A printed copy of our free online disk instructions. Well illustrated and step by step guide to various braids.
Item # - 735 - $1.99

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Braiding Plate Instructions

A printed copy of our free online disk instructions. Well illustrated and step by step guide to various braids.
Item # - 736 - $2.49

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Books for Braiding Disk and Marudai


Kumihimo Wire Jewelry

by Giovanna Imperia

Innovative jewelry artist Giovanna Imperia offers a fresh twist on this time-honored technique, adapting it to create stunning wire jewelry. In addition to a concise history of kumihimo and an overview of its essential materials, tools, and techniques, readers will learn the basics of this braiding method, plus how to create 20 striking projects--stylish bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces--all supported with detailed, step-by-step instructions and illustrations. This comprehensive book, which also includes pieces by prominent kumihimo jewelry artists from around the world, will inspire jewelry makers, beaders, and wireworkers at all skill levels to take their craft in a vibrant new direction. 144 pages, softbound.
Item # - 743 - $21.99

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Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond

by Roderick Owen

This is my braid bible. Covers braids that can be made by both marudai and the braiding disk or plate. Step by step instructions for a huge variety of braids from simple to very complex, beautiful braids. Original, easy to understand diagrams clearly explain a wide variety of techniques using readily available and inexpensive materials. 159 pages, softbound.
Item # - 744 - $20.00

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Books for Marudai


Japanese Braiding

by Jaqui Carey

FOR MARUDAI, NOT DISK OR PLATE The beginner's guide has been expanded and re-published.
A wonderful book introducing the marudai braiding stand. Beautifully illustrated, this book covers the marudai (braiding stand) and tama (bobbins) - and ways you can make them inexpensively, along with threads, setting up, working, and finishing braids. Clear step-by-step color photographs guide the beginner through the creation of six different types of braid: Square; Round; Flat; Honeycomb; Hollow; and Rounded Flat. 96 pages, spiral bound.
Item # - 745 - $21.95

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Beads and Braids

by Jaqui Carey

If you are interested in creating jewelry with braided cords, this book is an encyclopedia of possibilities. After a basic overview of some of the standard braid moves, the book introduces a series of bead embellishment techniques, each with a full page, color gallery of examples. Sewn on beads, braiding with strands of beads, beading before and during the braiding process and beaded braid endings. Inspiring and creative, beaders and braiders will love this book.
Item # - 746 - $49.95

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Kumihimo: The Essence of Japanese Braiding

by Makiko Tada

An English translation of the 1980 Japanese language edition, detailing over 50 braids, and the techniques for working on the Marudai, Kakudai and the Ayatakedai. 134 pgs.
Item # - 747 - $24.00

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