Bead Doctor Tutorial – Kumihimo Braiding Bracelet

Kumihimo braiding is big news in the beading world. Learn how to do this addictive technique with the Bead Doctor’s brand new braided bracelet tutorial
  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 1: Gather Your Materials

    Step 1: Gather materials

    Pause the steps at any time by mousing over the slideshow and clicking the pause button. Click the pause button again to continue.

    Use the left-right arrows or slide numbers to navigate.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 2: Staring off the  basic braid

    Step 2: Basic braid - starting off

    NB: I have used different colour leather to make the instructions easier to follow.

    Cut four strands of cord that are three times longer than the desired braid length. Hold the strands together and fold them in half and tie the strands in a knot.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 3: Begin braiding the basic braid

    Step 3: Begin braiding

    With the number side of the braiding disc facing up place the knotted end through the centre of the disk so that the free ends extend towards you.

    Hold the disc so that 32 is at the top and 16 at the bottom. Place the threads so that you have one of the pair of each colour on either side of a dotted number as shown.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 4: Continue braiding the basic braid

    Step 4: Continue Braiding

    Remove the cord between 16 & 17 and insert it between 30 & 31.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 5: Continue braiding the basic braid

    Step 5: Continue Braiding

    Remove the cord between 1 & 32 and insert it between 14 & 15.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 6: Turn the dial and continue braiding the basic braid

    Step 6: Turn the dial and continue braiding

    Turn the disc anti-clockwise to the next dot.

    Make sure that 8 is now at the top and 24 at the bottom.

    Remove the cord between 24 & 25 and insert it between 6 & 7.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 7: Continue braiding the basic braid

    Step 7: Continue Braiding

    Remove the cord between 8 & 9 and insert it between 22 & 23.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 8: Turn the dial and continue braiding the basic braid

    Step 8: Turn Dial - Continue Braiding

    Turn the disc anti-clockwise to the next dot. Lower left cord up and across the disc to the left of the two strands and the upper right cord down to the right of the lower strands.

    Make a quarter turn anti-clockwise- Repeat this braiding pattern until the braid is the desired length, allow a couple of centimetres extra of the braid to allow for the wire wrapping.

    Place a piece of sticky tape tightly around the end of the braid and remove it from the braiding disc.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 9: Finishing off with wire

    Step 9: Finishing off

    Make the desired length of braid. I used 2mm leather in black and brown opposite each other in the disc.

    Cut approximately 40cm of wire. I used 0.8mm silver plated wire. Bend the wire in half and make a loop in the centre.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 10: Wrapping the wire

    Step 10: Wrap wire

    Wrap each side of the wire tightly around the braid, passing the left hand piece of wire around to the right and vice versa.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 11: Finishing wire wrap and trimming

    Step 11: Finish wire wrap and trim

    Continue to wrap the wire tightly around on itself so that the loop of the wire is secured.

    Bend the ends of the wire into the coil.

    Trim any leather strands that are sticking out with a scalpel or sharp scissors.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Step 12: Adding the hook

    Step 12: Add hook

    Repeat to add a wire wrapped loop to the other end of the braid.

    To finish add a heavy hook to one side and clip to the other loop to close.

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Top Tips

    • You can use the Kumihimo braiding disc with leather, hemp, satin cord, silk nylon, beading wire and many more. Use your imagination and get braiding.
    • If you need to stop braiding before you have reached the desired length, mark the next cord with something – a paper clip is perfect for this.
    • You can add beads as you go to your braid for a very different style.
    • If you are using more than one colour of cord, experiment with your strand placement to create different effects.

Bead Doctor Greetings

Bead Doctor Gemma: Kumihimo braiding tutorial

Hello all! Well this week has been a lot of fun. I was invited to an ‘R’ themed party and had a great time making myself a Roger Rabbit outfit. My other half went as a Rubik’s cube! I definitely had the best idea as my husband spent the evening, attempting to sink pints, wearing a box! In-between making fluffy tails and coloured squares, I have designed a brand new project.

Kumihimo braiding is the latest beading craze and we have been inundated with requests for a tutorial. You have also been asking for more men’s jewellery ideas and I think this project fits both briefs. The style is pretty unisex and you can choose your colours to suit your needs. Happy braiding!

Giving it away!

For a chance to win all the materials to make my Kumihimo braiding bracelet we’d like you to tell us what made you start beading and is it strictly a hobby or do you manage to sell your designs? Please let us know in the comments box below by midnight on Sunday 17th June 2012. The winner will then be notified by email and asked for their postal address. Good luck everyone!

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