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Twist, Turn & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner's Guide to Making Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewelry Spiral-Bound | March 1, 2014

Beth Kemp

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The traditional Japanese art of cord braiding--known as kumihimo--is primarily used to make beautiful, color-drenched cords for jewelry and other decorative items. This book provides readers with everything they need to get started, including a mini braiding loom! 400 full-color photographs.

The traditional Japanese art of cord braiding--known as kumihimo-- has been around for centuries. The technique, which uses a loom and several strands of silk thread, was once used to create the strong, slender cords that reinforced samurai warrior armor. Today, it is primarily used to make beautiful, color-drenched cords for jewelry and other decorative items. In Twist, Turn, & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids, readers will get everything they need to get started in this ancient craft, including a mini braiding loom! They'll also find:

  • An overview of tools and materials from looms to bobbins to glues to beads
  • Step-by-step instructions for basic loom braiding, handling threads, beads, and more
  • 50 gorgeous projects from simple beginner braids to complex beaded cords
  • 400 full-color photographs for inspirations and instruction

    With details on kumihimo terminology, starting and finishing braids, and calculating thread and bead counts, this book is an ideal guide for new braiders.
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 128 pages
ISBN-10: 0764166433
Item Weight: 1.4 lbs
Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars Up to 30 ratings
"Kemp's thorough guide gives solid information and background about this traditional craft, yet the designs are contemporary and accessible. Jewelry makers will be drawn to this collection of pretty projects." --Library Journal
After a decade in the prestige jewelry industry, Beth Kemp's love of textiles and beading led her to the art of kumihimo. Today, she shares her knowledge of the art form through articles, books, classes, and her online store, Braid and Bead Studio.