Since I joined a couple of kumihimo groups on Facebook, I have pretty much become obsessed with the whole thing again. I mentioned that before so sorry I'm being repetitive but it needed to be said. I can't seem to get enough of it lately. This past week I worked with beads and without. I have been experimenting again with beads which I've shown below. So many shapes, sizes, colors from many manufactures it can be a bit overwhelming. Lately, I've been working with Czech seed beads which is a first for me and discovered how much I truly enjoy them. So far I've tried 5 different sizes and lots of colors. :) I need more. lol !
Another fact I found from being in these groups is that there are soooooo many blogs about Kumihimo it's incredible ! So much information out there and it's mostly free ! So I've come to the conclusion that I will only post about what I'VE discovered, learned and/or how much fun I'm having doing Kumi. I have never "invented" a new braid nor have I even tried. I rather enjoy using what's already out there. Is that a cop-out ? Some may think so but I am not a designer by any means and that's perfectly fine with me. I enjoy just making the braids - with or without beads. It's fun, it's colorful and keeps my old hands from locking up ! lol ! There are plenty of others out there that can design for me. :) In fact, I recently bought 2 Kumihimo tutorials using beads that look interesting IF I can figure out the pattern. The designer did not write it up like I am use to seeing - seeing being the key word. I am a visual learner. We shall see. :)
This past week I managed to make one fiber flat braid, 4 beaded bracelets, 1 experimental strand and 1 beaded wrap bracelet ! Whew ! lol ! I was on a roll and having a blast ! lol ! I love playing with new things. lol ! The photo's are below with a bit of explaination where needed.
Neon colors in a simple round braid pattern. LOVE it ! :) The cord shows thru but that's something I personally don't mind unless it looks sloppy.
More neon colors, different size beads. Unfinished. Again, the cord showing thru a bit so am figuring it's the type/shape of bead being used. The cord on this bracelet to be are all matching colors to the beads - NEON ! :) Found HERE
MORE Czech seed beads I LOVE LOVE LOVE ! I'm getting more. These are a larger bead so the thread does show. I used the Omega #2 as usual so next time I will use a thicker cord.
I love how this bracelet turned out ! It's ICY ! I am a winter person. Will be in my Etsy shop soon. I will also custom make a bracelet for you in this style. Contact me thru my Etsy shop. ;)
This is one of the test pieces I did. Done with supposedly medium size shell chips and chunks ! lol ! It's HEAVY and towards the end of the braid, it loosened up ALOT. Very noticeable. You will notice also that on the beaded ends, there are red seed beads. I was testing something else which would of worked had one end not gotten so loose. Oh well..............................another time, another piece. :)
This piece is also a bead test. These beads are very large but again they are Czech seed beads, matte transparent so the cord really shows thru. Not happy with this one at all. Maybe a heavier cord would work ? Not sure.
Last piece, the wrap bracelet. I love the colors on this one. It will fit up to a size 8 which is what I wear but depending on how many wraps you do around your wrist it can go higher for a smaller wrist or lower for a larger wrist. I'll custom make one for you as this will be listed in my Etsy shop. The clasp is a regular lobster claw clasp. Can also be worn as a single strand necklace.
So there you have it. These are just a few of the pieces I've done in the last 10 days. lol ! There are more but will keep for another time. :) Thanks so much for coming by ! I hope you come back again soon. Please, leave me a comment below and tell me what you think. :) Please note: Your message will not show up unless I "ok" it.