What did I say about clever kumihimo designers before?  They keep coming up with new ways to braid with beads.  This time is is Dutch designer Janet Nijman of BeadsandKumihimo.  By her own admission, she is addicted to kumihimo!

She has a number of tutorials and kits as well as beads and general kumihimo supplies.  She covers not just the usual 8 thread braids but also 6,7, 12 and 16!

I have see 12 and 16 thread braids but not 6 or 7!!  Janet says the 6 allows for a braid without the twist.  She explained how she came up with this unique technique of hers.  Her brother happens to be an app developer. Together, they created the Kumihimo Designer app available in the App store as well as in Google Play.

Janet said, "While making this app I started to try new wire combinations and that's how I came up with the 6 wire braid. The nice thing about this braid is that the beads fall in a straight line. This is in contrast to the traditional Kumihimo 8-thread braid, which has a twist. This makes new patterns possible."

Her designs using magatama, drop and pip beads are particularly lovely.

N.B. Newbies might be confused with the above,  so I shall mention that you can use either thread or wire to do kumihimo.

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