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How to create a Kumihimo Garnet Necklace

Create Kumihimo Garnet Necklace

Learn how to make a Kumihimo Garnet Necklace.

There is no better way to enter the new year other than appreciating the beautiful birthstone associated with January. Garnet is available in a spectrum of stunning colours including pink, black, green, purple, brown, red, orange and transparent! They all have the same cubic crystal construction and the gemstone is known for its power to illuminate in the dark! By following this week’s step by step tutorial you will learn how to make a stunning twisted rope Garnet necklace. The thickness and attention to detailing in the structure of this necklace, alongside the rich depth colouration of the red Garnet creates a subtle statement that will compliment any outfit effortlessly. Please share any of your beautiful creations with us via social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!


Step One

Cut 8 x 1meter lengths of cord. wind each cord onto a bobbin, leaving about 40 cm tail. Put a small piece of sticky tape over the side of the bobbin to stop it unravelling. Thread 70 garnets on to each cord.


Step Two

Gather up all 8 cords and tie a knot at the end.


Step Three

Drop the knot through the center of the kumihimo disc. add the weight to the end knot. Place a cord to to slots either side of the 'N' , 'E', 'S' and 'W'.


Step Four

Starting with the 'N' at the top. Take the right hand cord and bring it down to ne next available right hand slot at the 'S' point.


Step Five

Take the left hand bottom strand at the 'S' point and bring it up to the next available left hand slot at the 'N' point.


Step Six

Move the disc a ¼ turn so the 'E' is at the top repeat the same moves, top right cord to bottom right slot, bottom left cord to top left slot, ¼ turn. Repeat this until you have formed 2cm of weave.


Step Seven

Take the next top right cord , bring up a garnet and push it down to the center weave and tuck it slightly under the top center thread then move the cord down to the bottom right slot. Bring a garnet up to the center every time you move a cord.


Step Eight

Continue with the garnets until you have created a 40cm beaded section. then create another 2cms of plain weave.


Step Nine

Take the cords off the disc and tie a knot at the end of the plain weave. Cut the cords at the end of the knot. Take a 20cm piece of wildfire thread. Wrap around the plain weave, 1cm from the beads, then tie a double knot.


Step Ten

Cut the weave next to the wildfire wrap. Do the same at the other end of the necklace.


Step Eleven

Using strong glue attach the toggle clasp to each end.

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