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Welcome to Kumihimo Week at Facet!

Spitfire necklace by Deborah Shipp appears in Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry.

We’ve decided to put the spotlight on braiding this week! We’re calling it Kumihimo Week, which means you’ll see a special emphasis on this fiber-and-cord technique that is getting more popular all the time.

It’s easy to see why “kumi’s” on the rise: Once you learn the basics, it’s fast and simple. There are many ways to add variety. And while traditional braiding techniques are all about fiber, the addition of beads opens up many new possibilities.

If you’re curious about kumihimo, we hope the free articles, projects, and tips we share this week will encourage you to give it a try. (Be sure to check out our kumihimo how-to instructions, too.) If you’ve already explored braiding, we hope you’ll learn some new twists and get inspired to stretch your skills.

Here are some things you can look forward to:

  • A video demonstration by Rebecca Ann Combs, who shares a nifty technique from her new book, Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified.
  • Several free kumihimo projects you’ll love.
  • A gallery of gorgeous projects from Kumihimo: Fiber and Bead Jewelry, a special issue from our friends at Bead&Button magazine.
  • A Q&A with one of the founders of the newly formed American Kumihimo Society.
  • A special peek into Adrienne Gaskell’s Bead & Button Show master class, which shared some of tips and tricks she explains her two new DVDs, “Learn Beaded Kumihimo on the Marudai,” and “More Beaded Kumihimo on the Marudai.”

We hope you’ll also take a moment to explore some of the books, projects and DVDs available in our online store that will help you explore ways to make braided jewelry.

Most important of all: Enjoy!

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