It’s been a while since I made kumihimo cord, but I needed something pretty and meaningful for a gift, so I pulled out my disk, and did a six-strand cord with two strands of red and four black.
When finishing off the black and red Kumihimo cord, I also decided to use some of the “leftover” Kumihimo cord from my first Kumihimo project (a purple cotton cord with transitioning purple beads) along with some Viking Knit.
- Check out the first project along with how-to instructions for Kumihimo here.
- Check out the finished purple bracelet project here.
This project also uses some “leftover” Viking Knit from the tri-colour Viking Knit project. I had some chain leftover from the necklace, so I drew it through my draw plate even further, but wasn’t able to get enough (at the smallest draw-plate hole I have) to make another necklace.
This project has been sitting in my to-finish pile for a while. The start of this project is here: Kumihimo Project #3 but I finally put the horse-head terminals on the end of the cord to finish it off. I’d held off on putting the terminals on because I really liked them – and wanted to see if I could do something different with the necklace… if only I could get more.
Well I did get more – but instead of using them with this cord, I used them on the stainless steel Viking Knit I posted not too long ago. Continue reading
In a previous post about Kumihimo braiding, I talked about classes at Suzie Q beads. Well I got down to the shop again recently, and took a quick snapshot of one of the class projects they offer.
While I didn’t take the class – I noted that they use the same clasp as they do for the licorice leather projects – a clasp that I picked up the previous time I visited… perhaps a double-strand Kumihimo braid will be destined for that clasp!
While I was there I also looked at getting more of the pretty coloured leather cord that I picked up before… but my wallet was set on other lovely things that day, so I skipped it until next time.
Kumihimo project #3
After looking at the pattern for the inspiration black and red piece (as mentioned in my previous Kumihimo post), I wanted to do a black and red one too – I love black and red together, and it reminds me of the logo colours (and song lyrics) for one of my favorite Finnish metal bands, Turisas.
The disc set up is a 12-strand (different than the 8-strand I did for the beaded bracelets) with 8 strands of red and 4 of black. The resulting braided cord is a red cord with a winding black thread. I love it! I’ve ordered a silver Mjölnir from a seller on Etsy which I’ll use with this cord. I’ll have to wait until I can get the pendant before finishing the cord – just in case the hole is only sufficient to accommodate the cord, and not also the end caps. I want to go with a Viking-esque feel because the resulting cord reminds me a bit of Viking knit (which I also want to learn!) and I think the whole effect will be great – plus a substantial pendant deserves a substantial and interesting cord! I might do the reverse (a black cord with a winding red thread) for another, similar project.
I picked up some beautiful horse-head end caps at Beads & Plenty more (the same place I got the disc and cord) for $.75 each which echo the feeling of a lot of Viking jewellery (torcs) and I think will work great. Hopefully I’ll have a finished project to share soon!