A beautiful brown and turquoise stone pendant with a couple of fancy wire-wrapped curlicues is the perfect setting for this beaded kumihimo necklace. To complement the stylish piece, a mixture of over 800 turquoise cube-shaped glass as well as tan Miyuki Picasso finished beads is braided into one large elegant kumihimo rope.
Rich with spiritual significance, the necklace is called, “Memorial Stones” and is inspired by the verse,
“Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Joshua 4:7)
The beaded kumihimo braiding project is designed to inspire and motivate you to complete it quickly and easily. When finished, it is sure to be a striking addition to your fashion wardrobe or a great gift for a special occasion.
Beaded Kumihimo Braiding That Only Takes a Couple of Hours
That’s right! It only takes two hours or less (depending on your braiding speed) to make this elegant 18-inch beaded kumihimo necklace.
The jewelry project is ideal for beginners new to kumihimo and the Japanese style of braiding with beads as well as for experienced braiders who are looking for new ways to display unique pendants in their collection and use up leftover beads and jewelry findings.
If you love the idea of beaded kumihimo braiding and would like a simple way to weave your own stunning jewelry projects, here’s what to do:
- Design the necklace from the pendant. Pick the focal object—a large bead, jewelry finding or medallion before you choose the beads for the kumihimo rope.
- Select the Colorway. Once you’ve got your pendant, choose the color palette for your necklace. For example, turquoise and tan are the main colors for the Memorial Stones necklace as they are the dominant colors in the pendant.
- Raid Your Stash for Matching Beads. Sort through your bead collection for matching gems of all sizes. Remember, the larger the bead, the faster you can finish your kumihimo braid. The beads in the Memorial Stones necklace are 5/0 and 6/0 Japanese glass seed beads.
- Gather the necessary kumihimo braiding supplies. You’ll need S-Lon cording, a foam kumihimo disk, weighted bobbins as well as a kumihimo weight.
- Braid without Beads. Place the cords in the kumihimo disk in the 8-warp position. Braid for one inch without beads.
- String the beads on all 8 strands. Pick a standard braiding pattern like the spiral, polka dot or zigzag design to string your chosen beads.
- Start the Clock and begin the kumihimo braiding! Work the cords by dropping a bead each time you move a strand. After the first eight strands, you should get the rhythm and tension you need to finish the braid in two hours or less! Don’t forget to work another inch of kumihimo braiding without beads before you tie off the strands.
- Stop the Clock and Add Jewelry Findings. Slide a bail to hold your pendant (if you did not add it while braiding). Attach bead cones or end caps.
Kumihimo Braiding with Focal Pendants
These video instructions will teach you how to braid around a pendant or focal bead.
Beaded Kumihimo Resources