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Book Review and Giveaway : Kumihimo Endings


Many long time blog readers will know that I have featured Pru McRae's Youtube video tutorials from time to time.  Pru of Prumihimo is a kumihimo expert and an experienced teacher from the UK.

She has written two books so far.

I am reviewing her second one, Kumihimo Endings. (I will review the other one at a later time) You can also find it on Amazon.  She explained : "I wrote it in response to the frequent comments about people loving to braid, but hating to do the finishing off and I have tried to provide a wide range of alternative methods, as well as explaining the basics."

A timely reference book which I found to be full of useful tips for round or square plate users.  There is indeed kumihimo life beyond glued endings!

It is a small book brilliantly sized to be about that of a typical kumihimo disc. Kumihimo is a highly portable technique. So this book could easily be included in one's vacation craft project bag or when you take along something to do for long car journeys.


Pru addresses the basics in the beginning of the book. Did you know there are a couple of ways to remove a braid from the disk and knot it?  She also mentions 3 ways to seal cord ends.  I also like how she does a simple button or toggle start.

The most common method of ending is to use glue on clasps. So I was not surprised to see a section on types of glue and the best practice of how to apply the glue to first seal all the cords, cutting off the temporary knot, and then gluing the work into the ends.

But I was delighted to see her tips on magnetic clasps for double cords, peyote beaded sleeves to hide magnetic clasps and for the glue adversed - wired endings.


Pru's book is not only comprehensive but full of inspirational ideas. One of my favorite sections was her extensive section - 7 variations in all - on how to do button fastenings!
 Also noteworthy are her many ideas for loop and tassel endings. If you like flat braids, ribbon clamps are the solution.

A must for kumihimo enthusiasts who want to properly finish off their creations in the most attractive and suitable manner.

Giveaway 

If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of Kumihimo Endings, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, March 25, 2019. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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44 comments:

  1. An inspiring and original book that I would like to own. I have worked with kumihimo, but haven't found a neat way to finish.

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  2. I love Pru's work. She is very classy and has some great ideas for different styles of Kumihimo
    Bev

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  3. Blessed week Pearl
    I would love to have a chance at winning this book.
    I enjoy the beading gem.

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  4. I haven't tried much kumihimo and part of the reason is I find the end caps to be kind of expensive. So would definitely be interested to learn about alternative methods for finishing. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  5. I follow Pru’s tutorials, and enjoy using my Kumihimo disc. I would love to have this book, because at the moment, I use glue on ends exclusively. Does the job, but not very imaginative. Thank you again, Pearl.

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  6. This would be a lovely book to win, regards Sheila. swason @ btinternet . com

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  7. Pru is an inspiration for kumihimo fans. Her method - Prumihimo - is a real innovation for braiding fans. And I love her accent. Please enter me in the giveaway. I'm a blog subscriber

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  8. I bought a beginner's guide and the disk, but I'm slow in starting. This book will help me envision the end result better. Christine cmcoconatgmaildotcom

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  9. This looks like a fantastic book! Kumihimo is so much fun but the endings are always a challenge. Thanks Pearl! via Facebook

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  10. Awesome looking book. About a third of my creations are Kumihimo, so this would be very handy. 👍🏻🙏 via FB

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  11. This will be an awesome book. I am new to kumihimo, I am trying to buy some stuff before I do a bracelet and this book will be a nice addition.

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  12. This book looks very interesting. I am one of those braiders who is afraid of ending a piece.

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  13. I would love to read this book. Plus I am glad I found your blog. My email is tobie dot lurie at gmail dot com.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

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  14. I have just done basic glued endings. Would love to learn how to use buttons.

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  15. I own both of Pru's books. They are wonderful with so many interesting ideas. If I were to win this book I would offer it as a door prize at a meeting of my arts and crafts club or at a Kumihimo workshop. Pru also has a Facebook group that is very helpful: Kumihimo by Prumihimo and Friends

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  16. Leave it to Pru McRae for inspiring tutorials and innovative methods to create beautiful jewelry. This book of endings will be a great addition to my other Prumihimo book, instructions and disks!
    braidingwithbeads@gmail.com

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  17. This looks great. thanks for sharing.

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  18. This looks like just what I need. I love Kumihimo, but can't ever get the ends the way I want. Would love to win this.

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  19. Just tweeted about your post and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/1107788713562652673

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  20. Pru has so many tips and tricks in her books! I just love them! Carmenbray2@gmail.com

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  21. This looks so cool. Just retweeted.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/1107986952295460864

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  22. I only know one way to finish kumihimo braids, and that's the way I was taught in a class. I'd love to learn more! I'd love to win. Contact me: CraftyHope@gmail.com

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  23. I have never tried making this type of jewelry making but it sounds easy to make thanks for the chance to win it!
    sally0630@yahoo.com

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  24. I'm an email subscriber
    sally0630@yahoo.com
    pinterest.com/sally0630

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  25. I'm a blog follower. This book looks amazing; so full of brilliant ideas and info. I've always wanted to learn kumihimo. marytown79@gmail.com

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  26. Wow! I've only done basic Kumihimo, so this looks fantastic for expanding my skills. I need to sign up for your blog and FB!

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  27. I'm also one of those people who love braiding but struggle with finishing. This looks like a wonderful book.
    P.S. I am a blog subscriber.

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  28. Would love to win this. Just tweeted again.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/1108548593353396224

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  29. So cool. Will help me do more with my Kumihimo. Tweeting again.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/1108711356935688192

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  30. Wow, looks like some great ideas. Would love to give some of them a try.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  31. Very interesting and creative ideas - need more.

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  32. I love the pictures. All of her kumihimo examples are so inspiring. Thank you for the chance to win this!

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  33. I love the little tidbits you've given us to whet our appetite for what's in her book. Tweeted again.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/1109080334560313344

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  34. Pru has an amazing group on Facebook. So glad you are sharing her book www.beadrunway.com/blog

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  35. This is the book I have been waiting for! I have many kumihimo 'ropes' That I justcan't decide how to finish!! This may be the source of needed inspiration!!

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  36. An inspiring and original book that I would like to own.

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  37. Tweeted again

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/1109579947008540674

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  38. Love the idea of this book.
    Tweeted again

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/1109798076292743168

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  39. I love to do kumihimo but really need to find a way to end the braids. This book would be so helpful! Thank you for having it as a giveaway!

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  40. I am a beginner at Kumihimo and would like some more ideas for creating a professional finish as endings are so important. Pru McRae is a good designer and teacher and I could learn a lot from her wonderful book.

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  41. Shared on Facebook and Tweeted as @Susanjewellady hope to win Prue's great book.

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