Its a cold rainy Saturday, and perfect for making a beaded kumihimo necklace. This won’t be an actual tutorial, more like a show & tell.
Beads: size 6/0 Toho Round Seed Beads, color: nebula metallic. From www.eurekacrystalbeads.com
If this were an actual tutorial I would have consistent quality lighting and framing 🙂 So anyway, I’m stringing 10.5″ of beads onto 8 cords. And then I will use the kumihimo disc to braid those 8 cords of beads into a round spiral braid. My bead surface is a bead mat with inches & centimeters marked on it. You can see the row of strung beads growing in the pictures. I like these bead mats because I can fold it up into a small square that fits into the plastic organizer with the beads and other supplies. They came as a pack of 3 from beadaholique.com, I think the big box stores like Joanne’s, Michaels, etc have them as well.
Keep stringing beads until I have 10.5″ and then wind the beads onto a flexible thread bobbin. These are the 21/2″ size, I have the smaller 1.5″ size as well but they are a bit too small for this many beads.
I am using yarn instead of beading thread. This is some random sock yarn in a wool/nylon blend from my stash. The last pic is all 8 of the threads with beads and wound around bobbins. Ready for braiding.