Kumihimo Bracelet Instructions for Beginners
5 Minutes Traditional Japanese Bracelet Video Tutorial
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What Is Kumihimo and Its History
- Round Braid – This is a quick and easy pattern for beginners. The good thing is it uses all sorts and thicknesses of cord. The bad thing is that it limits design possibilities.
- Half Round Braid – This one has a very interesting chevron design since it is flat on one and curved on the other side.
- Hollow Braid – It belongs to the round style too, but the braid does not twist as round braid does. In the middle there is a hollow core where cords and wires can be threaded.
- Spiral Braid – To make spiral Kumi braid you need 12 warps. These warps make spiral patterns and can be decorated with beads too.
- Seven Cord Braid – Even though this one isn’t a traditional Japanese braid, it is very easy to work on and it makes great plain braids and beaded braids.
- Box Knot Braid – This one is more of a knotting technique than Japanese braid. It works well on kumihimo disk, and it is mostly used as beaded braid.
Step-By-Step Beginners Tutorial for Making Kumihimo Bracelet (+Video)
Time needed: 30 minutes – 1 hour
- #20 Hemp card in Emerald from Hemptique
- Kumihimo disk
- Metal clap
- Super glue
Alternative Way to Calculate How Much Thread You Need
Cord Is Used in the Tutorial and Where to Purchase It?
Why Use Hemp Cords?
- Hemp can be considered a plant of high sustainability since its massive planting can be beneficial for less CO2 release in the atmosphere. Also, it can grow in different environments and climates because it doesn’t need many resources. Another important fact of sustainability is the health of the soil where hemp grows. Hemp doesn’t require any fertilizer and it is resistant to pesticides, so the toxic chemicals won’t harm the soil.
- In times past, shipmen used hemp to make ropes for the ships. The reason for that is the durability and strength of the hemp fiber. Wearing hemp clothing can be affordable since it lasts longer, and is safe for the environment. The material is antimicrobial, so it won’t get moldy with a bad odor.
- Hemp is also hypoallergenic material, so it will be easy and smooth on the skin. It is an ideal material for summer clothing because it blocks UV light, and dries quickly, allowing the skin to breathe.
- Hemp cord is biodegradable, which makes it better to use than synthetic materials. It is advisable to use it if we want to lessen environmental impacts and improve the health of our planet Earth.