Kumihimo Basics and Beyond presents techniques for creating all-cord braids and beaded braids, then teaches beaders how to transform them into finished jewelry. Short demonstrations of the key techniques needed for each project are presented in easy-to-grasp portions, allowing beaders to learn and practice as they go. Rebecca Combs demystifies tricky "kumihimo math" by providing detailed supply lists for each project in the book, plus teaches beaders how to calculate the amount of fiber and how many beads they'll need for their future kumihimo projects.
Rebecca Combs is the owner of Design & Adorn Beading Studio in Tucson, Arizona, and has been teaching a variety of classes in jewelry making there since 2008. Her specialty is kumihimo jewelry. She leads a variety of workshops at other venues as well, including the Bead&Button Show.
Chapter 1 -- Welcome to your new addiction: Kumihimo Introduction Tools Materials Demystifying kumihimo math Chapter 2 -- Let's start braiding Setting up the disk Basic round braid Troubleshooting Finishing Other handy techniques Chapter 3 -- Fiber-Focused Projects (6 necklaces, a key chain, and a bracelet) Basic Round Braid Using multiple fibers per warp Adding variegated fiber "No-knot" start Tassel finish Surface embellishment Braiding around a core Adding a pendant with a lark's head knot Chapter 4 -- Beaded Projects (14 necklaces and 3 bracelets) Locking beads in place Using a bead spinner Mixing bead sizes Braiding with magatamas Adding a pendant to the middle Braiding a counted pattern of beads