Top 10 Kumihimo Projects From The Soft Flex Company YouTube Channel

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Top 10 Kumihimo Projects From The Soft Flex Company YouTube Channel

Kumihimo means 'gathered threads' in Japanese. It is a form of braiding. Kumihimo braids can be used to create decorative lace, cords, jewelry or clothing accessories.

Historically, Kumihimo braids have been used in Samurai armor and weaponry. The braids were used as a functional knit for their armor pieces. Decoratively, it adorned their horses armor and the handles of their swords.

Modern Kumihimo disks are great for the crafter on the go. We love using our ten foot Soft Flex Color Wire spools as bobbins.

Click here to view the Kumihimo Playlist on our YouTube Channel.

How To Make Braided Kumihimo Jewelry With Soft Flex Beading Wire

Braided Kumihimo Jewelry with Soft Flex Beading Wire by Sara Oehler

In this video, Sara Oehler of Soft Flex demonstrates how to use Soft Flex beading wire to make braided kumihimo jewelry. You'll see how to start your Soft Flex kumihimo braid, how to crimp the ends and attach a clasp. Using beading wire rather than thread gives your jewelry a different look and creates a more structural braid.

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Learn Kumihimo Wire Weaving Using Soft Flex Craft Wire

Soft Flex Craft Wire Kumihimo Flat Wire Weave Ring by James Browning

James Browning shows how to use a Square Kumihimo Plate with 22 gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire to create a flat wire weave that he then turns into a fun ring.

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Use Soft Flex Beading Wire On A Kumihimo Disk To Make Jewelry

Braided Kumihimo Jewelry with Soft Flex Beading Wire by Sara Oehler

Sara Oehler shows how easy it is to make jewelry using Soft Flex Beading Wire on a Kumihimo disk.

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Inspiration: Soft Flex Bracelet Projects Booklet

Soft Flex Bracelet Projects Booklet by Sara Oehler & Kristen Fagan

Sara Oehler shows six bracelet designs from the Soft Flex Bracelet Projects Booklet. Booklet includes 8 Projects using the techniques: Crimp, Knit, Kumihimo, Weave and Knot. Bracelet designs are by Sara Oehler & Kristen Fagan.

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Make A Kumihimo Bracelet With Soft Flex Wire & Seed Beads

Kumihimo Bracelet with Soft Flex Beading Wire & Seed Beads by Kristen Fagan

Watch Kristen make a beautiful Kumihimo Bracelet using a round Kumihimo Double Density Disk, Soft Flex Beading Wire and Tri-Bead Czech seed beads!

Kristen loves using the Soft Flex Mini Bead Stoppers attached to the end of the beading wire strands in place of bobbins. Alternatively, you may use our ten foot Soft Flex Color Wire spools as bobbins.

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How To Make A Square Kumihimo Flat Braid Beaded Bracelet

Square Kumihimo Flat Braid Beaded Bracelet by Kristen Fagan

Kristen uses a Square Kumihimo Plate, Soft Flex Beading Wire and beads to create flat braided bracelets.

A similar design by Kristen can be found in the Soft Flex Bracelet Projects booklet as well as a similar design she made using two-hole superduo beads featured in the Beadwork Feb/Mar 2017 issue on page 44. If you love the idea of using two-hole beads in unusual and alluring ways, consider adding the book Seed Bead Revolution written by Kristen Fagan and Sara Oehler to your beading book collection.

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Kumihimo Braid Using Soft Flex Craft Wire On Square Plate

Kumihimo Braid Using Soft Flex Craft Wire on Square Plate by James Browning

Watch as craft wire expert James Browning shows how to make a Kumihimo Braid on a Square Kumihimo Plate using 22 gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire in Non-Tarnish Copper. The simple braid only takes 8 pieces of wire and comes together in a matter of minutes. You can use this braid to accentuate your other wire wrapping projects. You can use it in a stacked bracelet set or even finished and by itself.

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Flat Braid Kumihimo Bracelet Tutorial with Beads & Soft Flex Wire

Flat Braid Kumihimo Bracelet with Beads and Soft Flex Wire by Kristen Fagan

Kristen Fagan shares a kumihimo tutorial using the Square Kumihimo Plate, Soft Flex beading wire and Czech Glass Table Cut Beads.

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Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry Using Flexible Beading Wire

Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry by Sara Oehler

Kumihimo braiding for jewelry making is easy with a disk. Sara shows how to add beads to a kumihimo design using Soft Flex beading wire. The disks are portable and uncomplicated. All you need to do is follow a pattern and use the numbers (or letters) on the disk to braid your cord or wire. The braid looks amazing. The finished look is wonderful for masculine or feminine jewelry designs. You can start with a kumihimo bracelet to get your feet wet and then move on to kumihimo projects with beads. It is fun to experiment with color and cord variety. You are sure to create something beautiful.

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How To Make A Kumihimo Braid With Pearls And Soft Flex Wire

Kumihimo Braid with Pearls and Soft Flex Wire by Kristen Fagan

Learn how to make a fabulous beaded kumihimo design using small black peacock potato shaped freshwater pearls and Soft Flex .014/Fine beading wire. This beaded kumihimo braid looks complex and elegant, but works up quickly. After making this 8 strand beaded kumihimo braid, you can turn it into a necklace or bracelet!

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