Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo) Made Easy!

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You will love these kumihimo kits. There are different combinations so you can pick what you want. The River Silk Ribbon strands are so easy to separate and untangle by simply combing your hand down as you go. And since the River Silk ribbon is so durable, it stays intact and perfect throughout the whole braid. This is why all of our kits include at least one spool.

kumihimo japanese braid7 A braid made of silk will look quite different from one made of hemp, cotton or wool. The number of strands and the fiber you choose affects how thick the braid will be. The pattern of the braid is determined by how you arrange the colors, the sequence used, and how many strands pass through at once. Even a simple structure can produce a tremendous variety of different designs depending on what colors you choose and how they are arranged. Fancy fiber stretches a lot more than silk ribbon, so you don't have to cut them as long. The longest strands I've worked with were 99 inches long. I found them a little hard to work with in the beginning until I'd braided quite a bit and only recommend cutting strands that long if you need a long braid. I prefer to work with a 49.5 inch length (one silk ribbon spool (5.5 yards) cut into 4 equal pieces). The silk ribbons are easy to separate/untangle, but the wild fibers tangle easily. I prefer to use only one fancy/wild fiber (folded in half of course) per braid. If you comb your finger through each time you complete a braid cycle you will keep your braid tangle-free.

Click here for some detailed braiding instructions in case you lose the ones the come with the kit or just want to see how it is done.

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This beginner kit includes a nice assortment of different fibers that look great together. We think you will be pleased with your finished braid.

1 round foam kumihimo disc
1 spool River Silks dyed ribbon (4mm, 5.5 yards each)
10 yards of hemp yarn
Handful of fancy/fun fur


Light Dark Colorful Wild & Wacky Surprise Me

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Val's spectacular silk garland kumihimo kit
Exotic Silks Kit
I found some soft white silk yarn and spools of two different very colorful dyed silk yarn at a local show.

I braided some of the colorful raw silk with a spool of River Silk Ribbon and white silk yarn to make a beautiful (ever expanding) garland for my Christmas tree.

Make your own colorful and beautiful cord, Christmas garland, purse handle, necklace/choker or bracelet/wrist band.

The silk ribbon and white silk yarn are easy to separate/untangle, but the raw silk tangles easily. If you comb your fingers through each time you complete a braid cycle, you will keep your braid tangle-free.

I have to tell you this kit is my favorite because I just love this raw silk yarn. It is fun to pull on the ends (after you've finished braiding and tying it off) and fluff them out.
Exotic Silks Kit includes:
1 round foam kumihimo disc
1 spool of 4mm River Silk Ribbon (5.5 yards)
10 yards of white silk yarn
20 yards of colorful variegated, hand-dyed raw silk yarn
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River Silks manufactures premium 100% silk ribbon. The silk ribbon is woven to strict specifications and hand dyed in Suzhou, China, the ancient capital of the Silk Road. The ribbon has a barely perceptible selvedge which gives them incredible durability. This silk ribbon is not fragile and likely to run, ravel or fray as many silk ribbons do. You will find our ribbons are perfect for braiding.

1 round foam kumihimo disc
3 spools River Silks dyed ribbons (2 solid, 1 overdyed/variegated)
(Ribbons are 4mm, 5.5 yards each for a total of 16.5 yards)
Handful of fancy/fun fur


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Detailed Braiding Instructions

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