Beading Friends Forever – April Challenge

Time for the April challenge over on the Beading Friends Forever challenge blog.

There are two categories to try out, you can enter one or both, the first is the tutorial/pattern category which this month is an 8 warp kumihimo braid and the second category is to make a matching jewellery set.

I made a ring, pendant and earrings for the matching jewellery set, using SP copper wire and some quartzite beads in different sizes.

 

 

 

The kumihimo braid is an beaded eight warp braid made using s-lon cord and size 11 seed beads, finished with wire coiled end caps, rose quartz beads and wirework clasp.

 

 

Get on over to the BBF challenge blog and check out the challenge rules and see the DT pieces and most importantly get involved.

 

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Kumihimo Beaded Swirl

 

I have been busy playing with wire recently but decided I needed to get my kumihimo disk back out. I thought I would play around with bead position, if a braid can look different based on the position of your coloured warps then the same applies for bead position. I wanted to have a spiral pattern but with blocks of solid colour and came up with this design, I’m pleased with how this has turned out.

I don’t believe I’ve seen this sort of beaded kumihimo pattern before, so if you are interested in learning how to do the above pattern I could put together a short tutorial, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet

A recent make over Xmas but couldn’t finish the bracelet coz I’d misplaced by blue wire.

An eight strand kumihimo braid made using c-lon cord, 4mm Czech fire polish beads, 0.9mm dark blue wire and 0.5mm dark blue wire.

Kumihimo is a very satisfying technique and very versatile. If you haven’t tried kumihimo yet give it a go, I use one of the foam disks designed for kumihimo but if you do a internet search you will find templates for DIY cardboard versions and there are numerous tutorials out there for various kumihimo braid.