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.
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!