A Beginner’s Guide to Kumihimo Donna McKean-Smith

51i0Tdxd+3L._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press Ltd

Kumihimo is a popular jewellery-making technique with origins in Japanese tradition. This colourful and informative beginner’s guide to the craft explains how to use a circular kumihimo disc and a variety of braids and beads to create 12 stunning pieces of jewellery, plus colour and style variations, for any occasion. Kumihimo is a transportable craft so once you have mastered the basics of placing your braids over the disc in different formations to make a variety of patterns and motifs, you can create kumihimo jewellery wherever you go.


My review

This stunning art of braiding to make wonderful pieces of jewellery is simple and unique.

You will learn basic techniques to braid and bead, which will give a beautiful finished piece of jewellery that will be wearable and stylish.

To make the projects you will need a Kumihimo disc or plate, I would have liked to have seen one included with this book, but you can pick them up for a couple of pounds quite easily, and you will need some cord.

The instructions are easy to follow and what I liked is that picture demonstration is included along with special hints and tips to give your work that professional finish.

Each piece is stunning, the beadwork is amazing and for a ‘Magpie’ like me I was drawn to the shiny and sparkle of the embellishments.

This is a book perfect for beginners, it really is a one to one craft class.

12 projects are showcased and each one is gorgeous and appealing.



The Author

Donna McKean-Smith founded Riverside Beads and Crafts in 2002. Riverside has grown to be a household name in the jewellery-making and craft industry, bringing a wonderful range of craft and beading materials both to Donna’s own shop and online at http://www.riversidebeads.co.uk Donna is a regular contributor to jewellery-making magazines, and has self-published her first guide to kumihimo: ‘Bead-Braid-Twist’. Donna is a regular guest on Create and Craft, and can be found at craft shows around the UK. She lives in Market Deeping near Peterborough, UK, with her husband and three sons.


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