Kumihimo is the Japanese art of braiding. Many bead stores carry kumihimo supplies and books. A similar product that appears to be based on Kumihimo is the Diva Fiber Cord Maker. Last week, while visiting Faith in Lodi, CA, the local bead shop had one on display, so I was intrigued and bought a package. Here is what the bag held:
If you are curious about how to use this item, I found a great video on youtube from Houston Market where this product was being demo-ed:
For creative people, the ideas are endless on what to do with this template product! Substitute fabric strips to make a purse handle, combine beads and fibers as well. Howabout metal and ribbons?
So , for my review, I decided to try it out. Here is my first effort using only fibers, combined with a metal textured pendant made in class by Stephanie (yapadoodle):
Then I decided to add some cool beadwork to further embellish the piece:
The colors are not perfect, but you get the idea.
In the samples above, I used 14 different fibers:
Ok, I am hooked!! I leave you while I dig through my bead, fiber and ribbon stash to find the perfect combination for Stephanie’s pendant. I spotted her pendant in class, and, as a thank you for helping me, I told her I would make her a cool fiber cord to match.