Kumihimo 3 Ways by Maggie Thompson

In Kumihimo 3 Ways by Maggie Thompson, bead a long flapper-style necklace or a shorter bib-style necklace with a detachable bracelet. Get even more adventurous and create a beaded tassel to wear with either necklace. Kits for this project are now available.


Kumihimo 3 Ways by Maggie Thompson

Techniques:
Kumihimo
Crimping

Project level: Intermediate

Materials list:

Bib-Style Necklace, Upper Section:
12 g pewter galvanized permanent-finish size 8° Japanese seed beads (A)
12 g seafoam lustre AB size 8° Japanese seed beads (B)
1 silver-plated 18mm daisy shank button
34′ of gray S-Lon medium weight cord
Super Glue gel

Bib-Style Necklace, Lower Section/Bracelet:
3 g pewter galvanized permanent-finish size 8° Japanese seed beads (A)
3 g seafoam lustre AB size 8° Japanese seed beads (B)
148 larimar 4–14×1–9mm stone chips (approximately 14–15″ of strung chips)
1 silver-plated 18mm daisy shank button
19′ of gray S-Lon medium weight cord
Super Glue gel

Flapper-Style Necklace:
18 g pewter galvanized permanent-finish size 8° Japanese seed beads (A)
18 g seafoam lustre AB size 8° Japanese seed beads (B)
160 larimar 4–14×1–9mm stone chips (approximately 16-17″ of strung chips)
1 silver-plated 18mm daisy shank button
67′ of gray S-Lon medium weight cord
Super Glue gel

Tassel:
7 g pewter galvanized permanent-finish size 8° Japanese seed beads (A)
120 larimar 4–14×1–9mm stone chips (approximately 12–13″ of strung chips)
1 antiqued silver 10×5mm textured crimp end
10′ of gray S-Lon medium weight cord
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread or other strong thread
Super Glue gel

Tools:
Scissors
Thread burner
6″ round kumihimo disk
50 g kumihimo weight
8 clear 2.5″ kumihimo bobbins
Big-eye needle
Chain-nose pliers

Finished size:
Bib-style necklace/bracelet: 18″ (upper section); 9 1/2″ (lower section/bracelet)
Flapper-style necklace: 34 1/4″; tassel: 5 1/2″

Tips:
• 6 size 8° seed beads or stone chips per cord = 1″ of braid.
• Steam your cords flat for easier handling.
• If your cord ends fray, re-iron them. You can also add a dot of glue to stiffen the cord ends.
• Stringing the stone chips can be tricky because a big-eye needle won’t fit through the holes. In addition, you should be picky about the stone chips you use because not all of them have the same size hole.

Options for Wearing:
Whether you make the bib necklace or the flapper necklace, you can style it three ways. And if
you make both necklaces, you can wear them together for a truly bold statement!

Kumihimo 3 Ways by Maggie Thompson

Bib-Style Necklace/Bracelet and Tassel

  • Version 1: Place the button from the bib-style necklace, upper section, through the lower section/bracelet loop, and then place the button from the lower section/bracelet through the upper section loop.
  • Version 2: Wear the upper and lower sections of the bib-style necklace separately, as a rope necklace and a bracelet.
  • Version 3: Place the button from the bib-style necklace, upper section, through its own loop, then place the tassel loop over the necklace button. Wear the lower section as a matching bracelet.

Flapper-Style Necklace and Tassel

  • Version 1: Place the tassel loop over the button of the flapper-style necklace.
  • Version 2: Loop the flapper-style necklace twice around your neck and place the tassel loop over the button.
  • Version 3: Wear the flapper-style necklace without the tassel.

MAGGIE THOMPSON has been making things all her life. She discovered beading in the early 1990s and fell in love. Maggie’s designs have been featured in classes and in kits. Her work appears in several galleries, and she has won numerous awards for her kumihimo designs. Maggie’s patterns and kits are available on her website, www.maggietdesigns.etsy.com. Contact her at maggie.t.designs@gmail.com.


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