Pale mauve and gray Czech Pip Beads parade along kumihimo ropes on either side of a U-Shaped brushed silver pendant. The 26-inch necklace works well for a variety of fashion outfits in complementary colors. It can be worn casually or as part of formal attire.
How to Make the Twilight Kumihimo Braiding Set
You can easily complete this kumihimo project in one evening with a basic 8-warp pattern and an assortment of Pip Beads or even drops and daggers. The secret is to choose two different hues of the same color to get the subtle contrast that makes the necklace pop!
Czech Pip Beads are flat and look like watermelon seeds. They can be purchased in a variety of colors and finishes to meet your jewelry design needs. When used in kumihimo braiding, you get gorgeous soft textured ropes that hang perfectly around the neck to lay almost flat on the chest.
You can string all eight strands of cording with Pip Beads or fill 4 to 6 strands with Pips and 2 to 4 with seed beads. The choice is up to you! For the Twilight necklace, I used 4 packages each of 50 Mauve and gray Pip Beads along with one tube of seed beads that were a designer blend of the two colors.
Try different ways of using the Pip Beads in other kumihimo braiding designs. Mix and match them with fire polish, bicone and faceted beads. Drops and daggers work as well! But above all, just enjoy the braiding projects and use them as inspiration to make many more.
“…at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.” (Proverbs 7:9)