Kumihimo is the ancient art of Japanese cord braiding and is currently rather popular with jewellery makers. You can use a variety of threads or cords to create the braids and can even combine beads with it to make stunning jewellery and accessories.
Long ago, the Japanese used Kumihimo braids in everyday life, even the Samurai would use them to lace their armour. Traditionally performed on a wooden braiding stool called a Marudai, artisans would have to know their patterns by heart. Nowadays it is much easier with Efco's Mobidai® and pattern discs. The Mobidai® are made from dense foam which have slots around the edge into which the individual strands can be firmly tucked, meaning that you can pop it in your bag and take it anywhere, to work on as and when you have a moment. Efco also do a range of satin weavecord, cotton waxed cord and alacantra cord (all of which can be used to make Kumihimo braids) as well as a wonderful selection of jewellery findings to give your braids a professional finish.
Here are the latest projects to give you an idea of what you can easily achieve with Efco's Kumihimo range:
(These projects are just the tip of the iceberg as far as what can be achieved with Efco's Kumihimo range.)
If you're looking for a last minute Christmas present for a crafty friend or are in need of a stocking filler then why not consider Efco's Kumihimo Craft Set. It's an ideal set to get you started with Japanese braiding as it has everything you need to create several braids using two different pattern discs - just perfect for nights in, in front of a roaring fire!
Check out the Product of the Month page to find out more about Efco's Kumihimo range of products.