First Beaded Kumihimo Attempt
I was at a bead show a little while ago where someone was demonstrating beaded kumihimo. It reminded me a lot of the knitting nancy which I used to love doing as a child. So I bought a kit and some seed beads.
The stall-holder asked me if I knew how to use a bead needle. Of course I did, what a strange question. I’ve been sewing for years and know how to use a needle. I cut my 8 threads into the appropriate length and then went to thread the seed beads on. After picking up the needle and examining it for a while, I couldn’t find the eye. My eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be so I put on my glasses but still couldn’t find the eye. Maybe I’d been sold a dodgy needle. After much frustration, I finally discovered that the centre of the needle separates and that is the eye.
I tied all my threads together and then proceeded to load the seed beads onto the threads. I ended up with a tangled mess that took ages to unravel. On my second attempt at kumihimo, I loaded all the beads onto the threads and bobbins before I tied them all into a knot.
I did watch a few You Tube tutorials after I prepared all the bobbins. My main concern was how to finish the ends and attach a toggle. One tutorial suggested sticky taping up the ends and then gluing them into a cone before threading wire through to make a loop. I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of sticky tape. I don’t think it’s very durable.
I can see myself doing more kumihimo in the coming months. I just need more seed beads. Must remember to take my lampwork beads along when shopping so that I get a good colour match.