Beaded Kumihimo Necklace, Part 1, and Challenge check-in
Kumihimo is the ancient Japanese braiding technique first used by Samurai warriors who used the braids to tie their armor pieces together, traditionally done on a wooden tool called a marudai. With the introduction of the foam disk with numbered slots, learning kumihimo has become a lot less expensive for the beginner! We will learn the basic 8-warp round braid and how to make a beaded rope. You will need a kumihimo round foam disk, 8 plastic bobbins, 30 grams total of size 8º seed beads in one to four colors, C-Lon or SuperLon cord size 18 in a neutral color or color(s) to match the beads, two 3mm inner diameter cord ends, a clasp, two jump rings, super glue (Zap-A-Gap recommended), and sewing thread in a color to match the cord. Before the meeting, cut eight 3-yard lengths of cord, string 12” of beads on each length, tie a knot at one end to prevent the beads from slipping off, and wind a bobbin with the prepared cord knotted-end first. Leave about 6-8” of unbeaded cord outside the closed bobbin.
We are using the book, Braiding for Beaders by Anne Dilker, 2008 as our reference.
During Show and Tell, we will do a check-in on our challenge projects.
Welcome all beaders! This special interest group explores the various bead weaving techniques including peyote, brick, herringbone (Ndebele), right angle weave, netting and square stitch using the many types of beads available.
This group meets monthly on the 2nd Friday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.