Macrame Choker With Hemp

This choker features traditional macrame knotting.  It really is a skill that is useful in so many stringing applications.

Nancy Donaldson created this necklace to feature our natural hemp strings.

Isn’t it delightful?  It will be just perfect for summer outings.

Dazzle-it has a huge assortment of hemp strings in many colours and thicknesses.  The natural collection is classic macrame for the 70’s

These Preciosa Rocailles in the opaque brown iris color added just the right amount of bling to the necklace.

Macrame Choker With Hemp

This choker features traditional macrame knotting.  It really is a skill that is useful in so many stringing applications.

Nancy Donaldson created this necklace to feature our natural hemp strings.

Isn’t it delightful?  It will be just perfect for summer outings.

Dazzle-it has a huge assortment of hemp strings in many colours and thicknesses.  The natural collection is classic macrame for the 70’s

These Preciosa Rocailles in the opaque brown iris color added just the right amount of bling to the necklace.

Kumihimo and Aluminum Chain

This kumihimo necklace features the addition of our new lightweight aluminum chain.

The braid is a unique one.

It features white rattail, hemp and a beaded string found in a fabric store.

I made my braid using the classic 8-strand directions which you can see on the video I posted here.

Once my braid was done I finished it with a glue-on silver endcap.  Then I gathered a few more supplies which included the cut link silver chain, a finishing clasp, jump rings and pliers to open them.

The simple task of joining the chain to the kumihimo was straightforward.  To start, I added one jump ring, to link the chain to the endcap.

Then I added jump rings attaching the chain to one strand of the kumihimo braid.

You can see in the picture that I always attached the jumpring to the mauve hemp cord.

I was careful to untwist the chain and work with my braid flat to my worktable.  The chain adds sparkle! This was a simple way to make my kumihimo braid more interesting.

 

Kumihimo With Hemp and Beads

This adorable bracelet is the result of a new experiment.

I have been wondering how a kumihimo braid would look if it was part beaded and part hemp cord.

The Dazzle-it Hemp collection has a number of great colour options, but this month I have been very attracted to the Vintage Colours collection in the thinner 10lb cord.

My first thought was to use a twisted needle to help me add all my beads to the hemp cord.

However, I realized that the hemp cord didn’t need the help.  It is stiff enough to pass through the beads without help.

I prepared my circle kumihimo disk with the standard 8 cord setup.

I learned very quickly that the hemp with the beads on it would get very stiff as I braided.  I needed to add some extra slack…so on the open end I used a bead stopper which I could move to give the beads a little more space.

When my braid was a good length I knotted one end.

Ordinarily I use string to finished a kumihimo cord before I cut it and then glue on an end cap.  In this case the beads would all unravel, so I glued a section of my kumihimo cord before I cut it.

I really like this effect.

Soon I will complete a braid using all beaded strands…but before I do I need one of these bead spinner to make my task go quicker!

Hemp – Gorgeous Dazzle-it Colours

I found a hemp collection that I had missed during other trips to the warehouse.  This is the Vintage Colours Collection!

Isn’t it beautiful?  Last week I saw the Swarovski trends report and this palette works well in the “Reflections on Beauty” Glamour section.

This weekend I will make a new kumihimo necklace with it!

For Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving!

For our other friends, see you Tuesday.

Hemp 100% Natural 1mm 20lb

The Kumihimo Disk – It Can Take a Lot!

I have given my Dazzle-it kumihimo disk a lot of work!

I underestimated just how many different fibers I would be able to use with it.

This week I made a kumihimo braid featuring a thick t-shirt yarn,  1.8 mm hemp and rattail.  It braided beautifully!

The kumihimo 10 mm end cap set finished my necklace professionally.

Kumihimo With Many Types of Stringing Material

My agate slab pendant is the inspiration for this kumihimo cord made with rattail, hemp, suede lace and cotton waxed cord.

The colours in the pendant are just stunning.

I gathered all the stringing material that would highlight the colours the best and set up my kumihimo round braid disk for a lovely hour of braiding.

I used Agate Slab Pendant with Pewter/Turquoise Setting

Sea Blue Cotton Wax Cord

Sea Green Suede Lace

Aqua Blue Dazzle-It Rattail

Silver Dazzle-It Rattail

Pastel Colours Dazzle-It Hemp

The suede lace was a wonderful new addition for me.  I did break the strand at one point and was happy a small knot could repair it so the braiding continued.

When my braid was the length I wanted I tied each edge.

I used my favorite new glue to attach a 7mm kumihimo end cap.  This cord is thinner than others I have made, so I am happy there are three different sizes of end caps to choose from.

You will love all the Agate slabs in the John Bead collection.