With most kumihimo braiding designs, I’m able to create a jewelry set based on color scheme, bead style or found object; however, the most difficult part of planning this braiding design was deciding how long to make the necklace and if I should use a pendant, medallion or focal piece for accent.
I started with one idea that turned into something completely different. At first, the necklace was going to be a simple kumihimo braiding pattern with only one rope on either side of the pendant spray; but as I began to work one side, it gave me another view and the design quickly changed into a shape that’s unusual for vintage pieces.
Kumihimo Braiding with Vintage Accents
To add a unique vintage touch to the necklace, I chose a Victorian-style antique brass pendant spray with inlaid pearls and size 8-0 white pearl beads. Four separate 9-inch ropes, woven with a basic kumihimo pattern, enhance the necklace’s allure.
Antique brass filigree end caps are attached to the edges of each rope to further bring out the vintage theme. I love the relaxed look of this kumihimo braiding design that’s achieved by breaking up the ropes with brass connectors linked with pearl beads on each side of the focal pendant spray. Pearl hoop earrings complete the set.
If you decide to make a similar necklace set, don’t be afraid to shorten or lengthen your project based on the look you wish to achieve. For example, for a shorter necklace, you may want to eliminate the connectors and braid only one rope for each side.
In any event, try different approaches and let your imagination and creativity expand the way you think about making kumihimo braiding projects.