I had a request from a viewer, wanting to know how I did the spiral necklace on my last post; thank you Mary for asking. So this post is for Mary and anyone else who wants to know how this pattern was done.
First off, I can’t take the credit for this idea, though I have done Kumihimo in various size beads in different combinations, this was the first time I did this pattern. The credit goes to Bonnie, a very creative and talented friend of mine; so thank you Bonnie for the idea.
If you have never done Kumihimo before, all you have to do is Google it and you will find a lot of videos on how-to. It is a simple beading method that is portable; I can stick whatever project I am working on in my pocketbook and take it with me; a great pass-time when waiting.
Kumihimo can be very interesting depending on what beads are used. When my sister and I first learned Kumihimo two years ago, my sister began making bracelets in different combinations using one size bead; as a result, she created some pretty neat patterns. It wasn’t until I saw a bracelet someone had made using pearls, crystals and seed beads (she said they were left-overs from other projects) in different sizes that I realized the possibilities of so much more that could be done using Kumihimo. Recently, my friend Bonnie showed me a necklace she was working on in dark and light colored seed beads using the two size pattern and the result is what I did in above pictures. I think I would like to try it sometime with pearls and crystals; that would make an interesting necklace.
Happy beading! :)