Kumihimo Wire Jewelry

Essential techniques + 20 jewelry projects for the Japanese art of braiding by Giovanna Imperia

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The term kimihimo means intersected threads. It refers to any type of braid executed using the loop-manipulation method (which does not require equipment) or any number of strands.


In ancient Japan, beautiful yet functional cords made with the traditional braiding art of kumihimo adorned everything from kimonos to samurai armor to prayer scrolls. In Kumihimo Wire Jewelry, innovative jewelry artist Giovanna Imperia offers a fresh twist on this time-honored technique, adapting it to create stunning wire jewelry.
In addition to a concise history of kumihimo and an overview of its essential materials, tools, and techniques, readers will learn the basics of this braiding method, plus how to create 20 striking projects--stylish bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces--all supported with detailed, step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
This comprehensive book, which also includes pieces by prominent kumihimo jewelry artists from around the world, will inspire jewelry makers, beaders, and wireworkers at all skill levels to take their craft in a vibrant new direction. The photos are detailed and many procects are showcased using colored wire. The instructions are clear, concise, and very detailed. This is a must have reference book for any crafter. 




Author/Speaker/Editor: Giovanna Imperia

File/Trim Size: 8.59 x 10.82

Format: Hardcover

Table of Contents


A Brief History of Kumihimo

The Zen of Kumihimo


Materials and Tools

Fiber and Other Options


Stands, Disks, and Plates

Braiding and Finishing Supplies


Braiding Basics

Maru Dai and Disk Basics

Basic Moves on the Maru Dai and Disk

Practice Braids

Square Plate Basics

Practice Braids

Setting Up and Preparing to Braid

Braiding Around a Core

Finishing Techniques

Project Troubleshooting


Projects on the Round Disk

Single-Braid Bracelet

Three Rings

Sampler Bracelets

Curly Stick Pin

Lacy Bracelet

Black + Copper Cuff

Twisted Necklace with Beads

Double-Strand Necklace with Large Felt Beads

Freshwater Pearls Neclace

Two-Color Bracelet

In-and-Out Necklace

Intertwined Braids Bracelet

Braided Beads Necklace

Wire + Plastic Necklace


Projects on the Square Plate

Zigzag Bracelet

Raffie + Wire Necklace

Ruffled Bracelet

Chevron Bracelet + Ring

Sprial Brooch

Square Brooch



About the Author
Giovanna Imperia is a fine craft jeweler whose work has been exhibited and included in both private and museum collections around the world.  A former artist-in-residence at the House Center for Contemporary Craft, she has been teaching kumihimo workshops since 2001.  She posts information about her classes and workshops at giovannaimperiadesigns.com.


Author/Speaker/Editor: Giovanna Imperia

File/Trim Size: 8.59 x 10.82

Format: Hardcover