Turn traditional kumihimo braiding into lovely beaded and knotted necklaces that are always in style. These two designs are easy to braid with basic 8-warp kumihimo patterns, beads in your favorite colors, and an assortment of gold or silver jewelry findings.
Inspired by an antique needlework pattern, this unusual knotted and beaded 24-inch kumihimo braiding design is made with gold, amber and silver glass seed beads and fashioned into a gorgeous necklace that creates a very stunning effect.
There are over 1,000 beads woven together in this single kumihimo rope. Once the complicated knot is formed from the rope, the necklace becomes a stylish 18 to 20-inch fashion accessory. Three to four inches of gold chain is added to each end of the rope, along with a fancy lobster claw clasp that adds the perfect finishing touch.
“The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there.” (Genesis 2:12)
This 18-inch beaded kumihimo necklace is called “Infinity” in honor of my mom who passed away on July 2, 2014. I was braiding the kumihimo pattern when I received the call that she had passed away. The necklace reminds me of the eternity she is experiencing with Jesus Christ—that she is alive and experiencing pure worship in His Presence.
Two separate beaded kumihimo ropes of monochromatic gold and brown tones are joined together to form an infinity knot and finished with pewter findings.
“And He has filled [her] with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills–to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze…to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.” (Exodus 35:31-33)
Tips for Making Knotted Kumihimo Braiding Patterns
- The kumihimo rope should be long enough to shape into the knot you have chosen to make.
- Allow for at least four inches of extra rope to make a simple knot. The more intricate the knot, the longer the beaded kumihimo braiding should be done.
- A simple 8-warp pattern should be used with 6-0 to 15-0 round seed beads. These sizes will allow the rope to be easily fashioned into an elegant knot that is not too bulky.
- Use this resource to learn to tie knots for your kumihimo patterns.