So for the August project as a member of the Prima Bead Blogger Team, I was sent a box full of Kumihimo supplies. Here's what Prima Bead sent me:
The next day I dug into it. And guess what? It's really not hard at all. In fact, my 11 year old daughter even made a braided bracelet for her friend. Once I got going, it was kind of addicting. Every Friday for the next three weeks, I'll be showing you how I made the different bracelets. So be sure to check back for the tutorials.
The first bracelet I tried was a solid beaded bracelet. One thing I learned: Don't braid too long at the beginning before you add the beads or at the end. In fact, I'm still working on that, but I'm getting better.
The next bracelet I tried was this blue bracelet speckled with gold beads. I did end up buying some bronze findings. I'm one of those people who don't like to mix my metals. I couldn't bring myself to use a silver clasp with the gold beads. This was really easy to create this look. It's all in how you string the beads on. I'll be sharing exactly how I created this look soon.
The next bracelet I made started out as an accident and ended up being my favorite of the bunch. I wanted to make a tutorial of how to do Kumihimo and so I grabbed different colored embroidery thread so it would be easier to demonstrate through pictures. I ended up loving how it looked and started playing around with adding beads only some of the time. I'm so excited about how it turned out. I entered a beaded bracelet using this method into my county fair and got a blue ribbon! A tutorial is in the works for this bracelet as well.
I also made a braided anklet with the same colors of thread.
The last bracelet I made was this spiral bracelet, with the blue and gold beads. Another easy method that I'll be sharing soon.
Last month I failed to introduce you to my fellow Prima Bead Blogger Team Members. Here are links to their blogs. Go and check out the amazing things they've done with their Kumihimo supplies.
Cheryl Boglioli http://cherylswindow.com/
Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com/
Kerrie Slade http://kerrieslade.blogspot.com/
Krafty Max Originals http://kraftymax.blogspot.com
Kristi Taylor http://gotsparkles.wordpress.com/
Lisa Fulmer www.lisalizalou.blogspot.com
Molly Alexander http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com/
Pearl Blay http://www.beadinggem.com/
Stefanie Girard http://recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com/
Here's the schedule for my Kumihimo tutorials:
Sept 6 - Embroidery Thread and Seed Bead Bracelets.
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