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How to create a Kumihimo Style Beaded Necklace

Learn how to created a Kumihimo necklace using seed beads

Learn how to created a Kumihimo necklace using seed beads

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Step one

Take approximately 1m of the wine colour S-Lon cord. wind it onto a bobbin leaving about 38cm unwound. Do this with all 8 bobbins

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Step two

Mark the bobbins 1 - 8.

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Step three.

Thread on the following. (please note 'c' means Cranberry Miyuki beads, 'g' means Gold Miyuki beads). Use bobbins 1 and 5. 32c, 1g, 3c, 1g, 2c, 1g, 2c, 6g, 2c, 1g, 2c, 1g, 3c, 1g, 32c. Tie a knot at the end of the cords.

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Step four

Thread bobbins 2 and 6. 33c, 1g, 3c, 1g, 4c, 6g, 4c, 1g, 3c, 1g, 33c. Tie a knot at the end of the cords.

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Step five

Thread bobbins 3 and 7. 36c, 1g, 5c, 6g, 5c, 1g, 36c. Tie a knot at the end of the cords.

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Step six.

Thread on bobbins 4 and 8. 38c, 2g, 2c, 6g, 2c, 2g, 38c. Tie a knot at the end of the cords.

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Step seven.

Gather all 8 strands in numerical order and tie a large knot at the end.

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Step eight.

Place the knot through the center of the Kumihimo disc and add the Kumihimo weight to the cord ends.

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Step nine.

Separate the bobbins and attach them to the disc as follows; 1 and 2 at North position either side of 32. 3 and 4 at East position either side of 8. 5 and 6 at South position either side of 16. 7 and 8 at West position either side of 24.

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Step ten.

To start weaving take the top right North cord and bring down to right of south.

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Step eleven.

Bring the left south up to left north.

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Step Twelve.

Make a quarter turn to the left anti-clockwise. Repeat top right down, bottom left up, quarter turn until you have about 1 inch of plain weave.

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Step Thirteen.

Start adding the beads, as you bring the next cord over the disc, drop a bead the weave, tuck it under the top cord. then carry on to attach the cord.

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Step fourteen.

Carry on adding beads until all are woven in.

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Step fifteen.

Now weave another inch of plain weave. Take the cords off the disc and tie a knot at the end of the plain weave and cut the ends.

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Step sixteen.

Tie some thread around the plain weave about 1cm from the beads.

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Step seventeen.

Cut the weave behind the thread.

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Step eighteen.

Glue the weave into the Gold plaited cone end clasp. do the same at the other end with the other clasp component.

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