You can have loads of fun with Czech dagger beads and basic kumihimo patterns. With large spiky dagger beads, you can braid a collection of focal pieces or entire necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry sets; or consider mixing the different sizes of these quirky glass drops in each necklace for creative effects.
Here are three examples of kumihimo patterns braided with green dagger beads and a host of other types of beads and jewelry findings. Hopefully they will inspire you to be creative in your jewelry making.
1. Grasshoppers Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry Set
The long green dagger beads in this beaded kumihimo necklace look like grasshopper legs. They are evenly spaced throughout the necklace, alternating with tiny brass spacer beads leading to a surprising focal piece.
The focal pendant was made by a local Georgia Artist and is crafted from a recycled Coke bottle! Two brass nugget shaped spacer beads accent the pendant and separate it from the braided ropes.
This whimsical necklace was intentionally designed as an asymmetrical piece. You can either make your creation this way or in the traditional shape with the pendant in the center.
Hoop earrings with alternating seed beads and the tiny brass spacers complete the remarkable jewelry set.
“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” (Isaiah 40:22)
Picture a field of tall grass with an occasional wild flower peeking through the grasses. That’s the image you will keep in your mind as you braid this beautiful 24-inch necklace with your favorite kumihimo patterns.
Cut enough S-Lon cording to make a necklace in the desired size. For a 24-inch necklace, you will need three times as much cording. Place the cording in the kumihimo disk in the basic 8-warp pattern. Braid for one inch without beads.
The following steps will show you how to braid the two kumihimo patterns to make your version of this stunning necklace!
- For the first pattern, you will string 8 strands of green S-Lon cording with matching 8-0 seed beads and braid for 9 inches.
- For the second pattern, you will string the green daggers on 6 strands and your choice of complementary colored beads on the remaining 2 strands.
- Select a fun 8-warp design and place the strands in the kumihimo disk according to that design. Braid for 6 inches.
- Remove the daggers and other beads and re-string all 8 strands of cording with the 8-0 seed beads. Braid for an additional 9 inches with beads.
To finish your necklace, braid one inch without beads and tie off. Add bead cones or end caps and a clasp. You’re done! Enjoy your gorgeous necklace!
“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.” (Song of Songs 2:12)
This light and refined kumihimo necklace and earrings set was made with a delicate rope of over 600 green seed beads and an asymmetrical focal of natural jade gemstones, green dagger drops, and iridescent fire-polished beads.
A single large hand-blown glass spacer accents the entire piece along with an elegant gold leaf clasp.
“The meadows are clothed with flocks and the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing.” (Psalms 65:13)
Items You’ll Need to Make the Green Dagger Kumihimo Patterns