Sunday, 15 July 2012

Kumihimo Bracelet

I did a class at the Half Moon Bead Shop in Poundbury yesterday and made a gorgeous bracelet using a Kumihimo braiding disk. It was a great class, very friendly and a fantastic tutor. I'll definitely be back for more. The most difficult thing was choosing the beads as Louise had lots of examples using  totally different beads and the bracelets all looked unique. I eventually settled on silver and blue Long Magatama beads and blue lagoon size 8 seed beads. I finished it with silver dome ends and a magnetic clasp with a safety chain. Unfortunately the light's not very good and makes the silver look yellowish but it's definitely silver

When I got home I sat watching television and made the basis of two more - I just need the findings for them and it was too late to go through my stash. I can see this will be very addictive.

My second one is a copy of the colours that Louise used in one of her examples - Transparent Green and Chartreuse Long Magatama with beige opal seed beads. This is a lovely colour and I think I'll use champagne coloured findings for this one.

My third one just uses size 8 seed beads which makes a much finer bracelet. I seem to have a lot of tops with yellow in so I used Yellow Rainbow and the beige Opal again. Again, I'll probably go for champagne coloured findings to finish.


  1. These are beautiful Kim. Might not mind having a go at one of these - providing the beads aren't too small - ROFL!

  2. Beautiful Kim, looks fiddly but probably isn't!! Callyxx

  3. You are dead right it is addictive - I have just taught myself - it is very easy. And before I have finished one I am thinking of what the next one will look like. Seeing yours Kim I can now see how to mix the different types of beads too. Yours look fantastic. Thanks for sharing