Bead Woven and Beaded Kumihimo Projects to Love
This is the time of year when all I want to do in the evening is curl up in my jammies with a nice cup of tea and a long romantic movie, like Titanic or The Notebook. There’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a love story for a few hours. And having a project to bead while you watch is even better! Read on for some romantic bead woven and beaded kumihimo projects that you’re sure to love.
Bead Woven Bracelets to Love
For a classic heart-themed project, make Carol Dean Sharpe’s Heart to Heart bracelet. This brick-stitched pattern uses only red and gold cylinder beads. (Who doesn’t love a stash buster?!)
Lanai Kinsky’s Hopeless Romantic bracelet and earring set incorporates a subtle heart motif. I think this jewelry set is even more beautiful and romantic than Rose’s Titanic necklace. And it’s certainly less expensive!
The Heart-to-Heart Bracelet by Janet Palumbo features interlocking hearts in the focal. Feminine curves and pearl accents complete the bracelet’s romantic look. Stitch this project for yourself or someone you love!
Fall in Love with Kumihimo
If you haven’t tried kumihimo yet, now is the perfect time! What better way to spend a chilly winter evening than falling in love with a new beading technique?
Linda Anderson’s Sweet as Sugar Bracelet is dreamy project that’s also an easy introduction to kumihimo. The bracelet’s braided section consists only of crystal rondelles in 4 pretty pastel colors.
Gabby Guset’s Kumihimo Charm Bracelet would be a perfect design to modify, using soft colors and incorporating traditional charms such as hearts, bows, and flowers.
Adrienne Gaskell’s Melange de Perles Necklace is another decidedly romantic piece of jewelry, with its rich purple and lustrous bronze beads.
There’s plenty to love about kumihimo! But in case you’re still not convinced that you’ll enjoy this technique, check out the blog post “7 Reasons You Will Love Kumihimo.”
The Ultimate Bead Woven and Beaded Kumihimo Project to Love
For the ultimate romantic project that incorporates both bead weaving and kumihimo, check out Maggie Thompson’s brand-new Hearts Afire necklace kit. Use your bead weaving skills to peyote-stitch a heart pendant, then use kumihimo to braid the beaded rope.
The Hearts Afire instructions include a basic kumihimo tutorial, as well as helpful kumihimo tips. And if the Hearts Afire necklace doesn’t put you in the mood for love, nothing will! (Although you could try watching Titanic or The Notebook!)
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