This post is brought to you by the good people at Goody Beads who provided me with free product. Thanks Goody Beads!
It’s been a while since I busted out my Kumihimo disc but I forsee that it’s going to get a lot of action this summer. Primarily because I’ve found that it is just about the perfect summer travelling craft and I am going to be travelling like crazy this summer. In fact, I’ll be home for only a week during the entire month of June. Totally crazy for somebody who doesn’t sleep well in any bed but her own!
But I’m getting off track as I so often do… I packed up the disc and a bunch of beads and cords and got after it on a 6 hour drive to my parent’s house. I even loaded up my cords with beads in the car. I’m sure my dad will be finding a few loose ones here and there but it was worth it!
Seriously. That’s the Instagram pic of my lap on the drive down. The first 30 minutes was getting beaded and ready to go!
But back to Goody Beads. I am totally in love with the shop. They’ve got lots and lots of great beads and you’ll be super impressed with all of the Kumihimo cords, findings and clasps.
So I braided this sucker up on the drive down and then added my cord ends at “my” craft table in my parents’ den a few hours later! Perfecto!
For this project you will need:
- 2 packages of Size 11 Miyuki Lilac Mix Seed Beads
- 3.2mm Silver Hook and Eye Clasp
- C-Lon in a purple color
- Kumihimo Disc
- Kumihimo Bobbins
- OR a Kumihimo Kit
Rock out an everyday 8 strand Kumihimo braid but make it about an inch and quarter longer than you normally would for a necklace or a bracelet to accommodate the knot. I just wrap around my wrist until it’s almost the right length and then add in the amount of length for the clasp and call it good. Hardly scientific but it works out okay.
Need help with the beaded 8 strand braid? See how to make it here!
After braided and knotted at the ends time to get your knot on! It’s as easy as it seems. Knot it, pull it nice and tight and then that part is done. You might think that the knot will want to come out, but once in there, mine was IN there. In fact, getting it unknotted when I noticed it was off center was kind of a bear. And a half.
Next add your end caps using a super strength glue of your choice. If you use C-Lon the 3.2mm Silver Hook and Eye Clasp is perfect!
Need help adding on your end caps? Here is a full tutorial!
Bam! There it is. So lovely and knotted and fancy looking! I love how the knot is such a focal feature for the bracelet and it takes nothing more than a few extra seed beads!
And here it is in the light of day. The purples are vibrant and really, really pretty. The mix also had clear beads but I chose to not include them because I wanted super purple all the way!
And here it is on. The Kumihimo knot adds some weight to the piece but it’s not irritating. The knot is quite large, FYI, but if you like chunky jewelry you’ll love it!
Head on over to Goody Beads to get your own supplies to make your Kumihimo knot bracelet or necklace. The prices are right and shipping is totally reasonable. Plus, the selection is bang on! And to keep up with what’s new at the GB, follow Goody Beads on Facebook and Twitter!