The AKS List of Books page provides a list of books used by many AKS members to support their braiding activities.

If you have a book you would like to recommend for inclusion, please send a note to admin@amksoc.org.

KUMIHIMO BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS LIST
(By Category)

Kumihimo Reference

History and Art Books

Aya, Nakayama.  Kumihimo Jewelry .(1979)

Imperial Household Agency. (The): Braids in the Shosoin. (1973)

Kakimoto, Kumiko. Kumihimo Beads. (1999) (Publisher Shiko-sha).

Sahashi, Kei. Exquisite: The World of Japanese Braiding. (1988)

Speiser, Noemi.  An Annotated Classification of Textile Techniques.  (2024)

Speiser, Noemi. The Manual of Braiding. (2018)

Tada, Makiko. 50-year Works of Makiko Tada in the 2500-year History of Kumihimo. (2020)

Tokoro, Hoko. Kumihimo in Japan, The Round rack. (1983)
 

Disk and Plate

 

Berlin, Shirley. Kumihimo on a Card (Red Booklet). (1998)

Berlin, Shirley. The Green Book – More Braids on Discs (Booklet). (2007)

Berlin, Shirley. Sixty Sensational Samples: A Kumihimo Collection (Sampler). (2004)

Berlin, Shirley. The Laramie Booklet. (2004)

Berlin, Shirley (written with Freda Robinson). Flat Braids (2017)

Combs, Rebecca Ann. Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry. (2020)

Combs, Rebecca Ann. Kumihimo Basics & Beyond. (2016)

Combs, Rebecca Ann. Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified, Learn to Braid with a Kumihimo Disk. (2016)

Deighan, Helen. Beautiful Braiding Made Easy –Using Kumihimo disks and plates ((2015)

DeSousa, Karen. Braiding with Beads on the Kumihimo Disk. (2014)

DeSousa, Karen. Braiding with Beads 2, Braiding Solutions for the Kumihimo Disk. (2015)

DeSousa, Karen. Kumihimo Combinations (2015)

DeSousa, Karen. Necklaces Braided on the Kumihimo Disk. (2015)

DeSousa, Karen. More Necklaces Braided on the Kumihimo Disk. (2009)

Imperia, Giovanna.  Kumihimo Wire Jewelry: Essential Techniques and 20 Jewelry Projects for the Japanese Art of Braiding. (2011)

Kemp, Beth. How to Make 50 Fabulous Kumihimo Braids, (2016)

Kemp, Beth. Twist, Turn & Tie: 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids. (2014)

King-James, Kathy. A Complete Guide to Kumihimo on a Braiding Loom. (2009)

Larsen, Christina. Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy, 20 Braided Jewelry Designs Step-by-Step, (2018)

Marietti, Charlene W. Kumihimo: a systemic approach to the ancient art of Japanese braiding on the marudai. (1992)

McKean-Smith, Donna. A Beginner’s Guide to Kumihimo- 12 beautiful projects to get you started. (2018)

Mitsutake, Takashi. Kumihimo on the Disk Vol 1. (2021)

McRae, Pru. The Prumihimo Disk, A fresh approach to kumihimo. (2016)

McRae, Pru.  Kumihimo Endings, The finishing touch for every braid. (2018)

Tada, Makiko.  Cute Braiding Textbook: 50 Easy Braiding Methods and Accessories that even beginners can make. (2014)

Tada, Makiko. The Easiest Kumihimo Japanese Braiding Book- How to Make. (2017)

Tada, Makiko. Comprehensive Treatise of Braids VI: Kumihimo Disk and Plate. (2007)

Tada, Makiko. Comprehensive Treatise of Braids VII: Kumihimo Disk and Plate 2. (2013)

Wood, Dorothy.  The Beginner’s Guide to Kumihimo, Techniques, Patterns and Projects to Learn How to Braid. (2017)

Wood, Dorothy.  The Knotting and Braiding Bible: A Complete Creative Guide to Making Knotted Jewellery. (2014)

Marudai

Carey, Jacqui.  Creative Kumihimo. (1994)

Carey, Jacqui.  Beads and Braids. (2009)

Carey, Jacqui. Beginners Guide to Japanese Braiding: The Art of Kumihimo. (1998)

Carey, Jacqui. Beginners Guide to Braiding: The Craft of Kumihimo. (1997)

Carey, Jacqui. Japanese Braiding: The Art of Kumihimo. (2009)

Carey, Jacqui. The Book of Braids: A New Approach to Creating Kumihimo. (2014)

Gaskell, Adrienne. Learn Beaded Kumihimo on the Marudai. (2016) (Note: DVD or digital)

Gaskell, Adrienne. More Beaded Kumihimo on the Marudai. (2016) (Note: DVD or digital)

Hattori, Michael. A Supplementary Translation of Makiko Tada’s CTB 1: Marudai Braids with Commentary by Michael Hattori. (2014)

Imperia, Giovanna. Kumihimo Wire Jewelry: Essential Techniques and 20 Jewelry Projects for the Japanese Art of Braiding. (2011)

Martin, Katherine. Kumihimo: Japanese Silk Braiding Techniques.(1986)

Neilson, Rosalie. Kongo Gumi – a Cacaphony of Spots, Coils, Zags, Lines. (2013)

Neilson, Rosalie. The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi.  (1998)

Neilson, Rosalie.  The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi. (2020)

Owen, Rodrick. The Big Book of Sling and Rope Braids. AKA Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru, & Beyond. (1995)

Owen, Rodrick. Kumihimo Japanese Braiding Video. (2005) (Note: DVD)

Owen, Rodrick & Newhouse Flynn, Terry. Andean Sling Braids: New Designs for Textile Artists (2016)

Owen, Rodrick, and Newhouse Flynn, Terry. Sling Braiding Traditions and Techniques From Peru, Bolivia and Around the World. (2017)

Sakai, Aikko, & Tada, Makiko. Kumihimo: The Essence of Japanese Braiding. (1980)

Sakai, Aikko, & Tada, Makiko. Aytakedai Braids. (1983) (source www.texte.co.jp)

Tada, Makiko. A lovely kumihimo book. (2017)

Tada, Makiko. Comprehensive Treatise of Braids I: Marudai Braids. (1996)

Tada, Makiko. Comprehensive Treatise of Braids II: Andean Sling Braids. (1996)

Tada, Makiko. 50-year Works of Makiko Tada in the 2500-year History of Kumihimo. (2020)

Woolny, Claudia. The Transformation of Sakura: How to Create the Famous Cherry Blossom Pattern – 48 Hira Genji Variations for Braiding on the Marudai .(2020)

Woolny, Claudia: The Secrets of KIKKO: With 85 Variations for the Famous Tortoise Shell Pattern for Braiding on the Marudai. (2020)


Takadai

Miller-Franklin, Carol. Ayagaki-Charting the Pickup Braid (2014)

Morris, Leigh. Shadow Weave on the Taka-Dai. (2005)

Morris, Leigh. Bobbin Switching in Two Colors on the Taka-Dai .(2003)

Morris, Leigh. Oblique 2/2 Twill Braids in Two Colors on the Taka-Dai. (2002)

Morris, Leigh. Oblique Plain Weave Braiding on the Taka-Dai. (2001)

Owen, Rodrick. Building a Takadai. printed booklet or PDF (2004)

Owen, Rodrick. Making kumihimo, Japanese interlaced braids. (2004)

Owen, Rodrick. Takadai Braid Designs. Digital Download (2004)

Owen, Rodrick. TakaDraft 2.0. Digital Download (2019)

Parry, Jennie. Textures and Edges for Takadai Braids. (2005)

Seigyoku, Takatsukasa. Karakumi Hirao. (1972)

Sutherland, Richard. Takadai Rep Braids. (2006)

Tada, Makiko. Comprehensive Treatise of Braids III: Taka-dai Braids 1. (1998)

Tada, Makiko. Comprehensive Treatise of Braids IV: Taka-dai Braids 2. (2000)

Tada, Makiko. Comprehensive Treatise of Braids V: Taka-dai Braids 3. (2002)

Digital Media

Kumihimo: Fiber & Bead Jewelry. Kalbach Publishing Company, (2016).

10 Kumihimo Patterns to Braid- Kumihimo Bracelet & Necklace Patterns with Shaped Beads, Beadwork beading & jewelry projects. F+W Media, Inc. (Interweave).

Elegant Kumihimo: 10 Projects to Braid with Seed, Shaped, and Crystal Beads Thompson, Maggiie (Beadwork F+W Media, Inc.)

Kumihimo Made Easy: 10 Beautiful Projects to Braid, Thommpson, Maggie (www.beadingdaily.com)

10 Kumihimo Patterns to Braid: Kumihimo Bracelet & Necklace Patterns with Shaped Beads. (Beadwork-beading & jewelry projects F+W Media, Inc)

ASSOCIATION JOURNALS/PUBLICATIONS 

American Kumihimo Society
Gathering Threads. American Kumihimo Society Publications 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 

Braid Society
Strands. Annual Publication

 Braids Conference Proceedings
Space, Time and Braid: International Conference on Kumihimo; Kytoto, Japan (2007).
Edited by Makiko Tada and Hiroyuki Hamada.

Threads That Move: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Braiding; Needham Market Suffolk, UK (2012).
Edited by Shirley Berlin and Ruth MacGregor

Braids, Bands & Beyond: The Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Braiding; Portland Oregon,USA (2016).
Edited by Robyn Spady

Advances in Kumihimo and Fiber Arts: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Braiding Braids; Iga, Japan (2019).
Edited by Koichi Hirosawa and Makiko Tada

Nordic and World Braids and Bands: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Braiding; Svendborg, Denmark (2022).
Edited by Katia Johansen

Rocking Braids and Bands: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Braiding, Braids with American Kumihimo Society; Cleveland Ohio, USA (2025).
Editors TBD – Future Publication

* From the original AKS list of books with many thanks to Shirley Berlin