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    kye on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is such a different style from your previous bracelet. I really like this simplicity too.…” read »

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    Becca W on “Spiral Dance”:
    “this is exquisite! I can't imagine how much time and patience this took, and you are…” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
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    S KatollakaSue on “Fish on”:
    “Your fish is wonderful! I really like the combination of the hefty dark chain, the abalone…” read »

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    “Love the dark chain with the gorgeous pink opal!…” read »

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    “Love this. I can never tire of this type of bracelet! :) …” read »

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    A Groundwater on “💜Moonstone💜”:
    “Thanks so much, everyone! You are all so lovely and sweet :) The grey…” read »

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    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
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    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
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    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
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    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
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  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

"Kumi" "Himo"

About this design: took me at least 4 tries to FINALLY, finish a kumihimo bracelet without a mistake in it. It's just a simple pattern but I felt so good when I finally got it done.


C-Lon white thread, Toho Japanese #6 in terra cotta, Toho Japanese #8 in amber cream, pewter bead ends, stainless steel lobster claw, Swarovski 5301 sand opal and dark red coral crystal bicones

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  1. reiljreilj
    reiljreilj says:

    It looks really great. Our local bead store is having an upcoming class so now I’m looking forward to kumi himo.
    You did a terrific job!

  2. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    @reiljreilj-you will love it. Now that I got the hang of it I trying other colors.

  3. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is so pretty! Kudos to you!!
    I’ve been trying to learn this technique. I was doing okay with cords only , but I’m having a hard time with the beads! I finally learned where the beads go (under the strand!), but I keep forgetting where I left off; did two beads fall fall in, etc. I had to unravel everything at least 3 or 4 times until I finally put
    it down! I’ll try again when I’m calmer! LOL

  4. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    @NY Bella-I so feel your pain! I went 3/4 of the way through one, then realized I missed a bead..very frustrating. One thing I found is that it was easier for me when I had two sizes of the beads. I don’t know why…but it just seemed to work better.

  5. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll keep trying!!

  6. PPR
    PPR says:

    Congrats on your accomplishment! Kumihimo is so much fun and I enjoy mixing beads and colors. Your bracelet is so lovely.

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    JustImagine - Val says:

    Beautiful bracelet! I’ve always liked this style but have never been brave enough to try it. :)

  8. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful! May take a class soon!

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    This looks so good and too difficult for me to try :D

  10. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Beautiful! Someday I want to try this technique, just need to find the time. :)

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    franny says:

    this is very classy & beautifully the berries & cream colour combo & the sweet little dangles, just perfect!

  12. Valley Girl
    Valley Girl says:

    Great colors and lots of focus to keep those beads in line! Nice job.

  13. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Beautiful design! :D

  14. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Absolutely beautiful! You are a lot braver than I am…I still haven’t tried kumihimo with beads. Love it! :D

  15. T Wojciehowski
    T Wojciehowski says:

    Great piece, I love how you finished it with the bead ends and crystal, great finishing touch. Can you tell me what the difference is between this stitch technique and beaded spiral rope? Thanks

  16. Frida
    Frida says:

    You made a great bracelet :D

  17. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful bracelet ! :) )

  18. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Wowie patience is the key!! Congrats for your perseverence, it sure paid off, it’s awesome!!!

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