Sunday, February 24, 2008

Kumibeado- the journey continues

Another look I have coveted, in the bead crochet world, was where they added larger components between the rope pieces. However, the words 'weave in the ends on your rope pieces, then sew from the end of the ropes, through the components, and to the other rope end, back and forth, then pull tight' not only gave me the heebie-jeebies ( I HATE weaving in, which is why I rarely do loomwork) but seemed a disaster in the making, where that sewing would either pull the crochet apart eventually, or I wouldn't get it tight enough, and threads would show. Not professional looking at all, or falling apart; neither of these are where I want to go with my jewelry. I am tough on my bracelets, and expect them to hold up with wear.
So, I wondered how it would do with my Kumibeado?? Could I add one of the nice large pink shell beads between braided sections, without cutting or changing threads?
It seems I can! And while I did it the hard way, at first ( of course, that is my way!), by individually taking the beads off each hanging thread, pulling that thread, now on a needle, back through the hole in the form, through the bead, up through the hole in the form, beads back on, and do that 7 more times, I discovered it needn't be that hard at all. As it didn't matter where the threads were in the braiding process when they came back out the shell, I could just take all the threads loose, take off all the beads, pull the threads through the shell, then pull the theads back out the form to the top, put beads back on, and line up to start braiding again.
This is how it looked, after adding the second line of braiding, then a bit of braiding without beads, then cut loose and tie a knot. Remember to click on the pic to see it big.
See how nice and tight the beads are against the shell? No threads showing! YAY!

It sure has a nice drape to it, doesn't it?

You can see how I looped in the headpins, through the threads.

I added cone ends this time, and bent both headpins to hold in place, then made loops at each one, one large, and one small.

Click on each pic to make it larger.

Here they are, with one loop larger than the other.

It is starting to look more and more like a bracelet!

Here is the finished product- with a shell and Swar counterweight,
so the clasp will stay at the bottom of my wrist when worn...


Christina said...

Beautiful - you've not only created a smashing bracelet, but it's an inspirational piece too. I've moved this beaded braiding up to the top of my "to do" list and will just have to make some time to get busy!! :*)

Christina said...

You have made a beautiful and inspiring bracelet and I am rapidly moving this bead braiding up to the top of my "to do" list and have already got the ideas fizzing away in the old noggin!! :*)

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Aryd'ell, both of your beaded braiding bracelet are soooo very very pretty. I especially love the pink one. Beautiful work.Hugs Judy

Sandra said...

Wow Aryd'ell that turned out really good I can't wait to learn how to do this you make it look so easy. Wish I was closer we would have a bead party. So did you get any of that snow today. It snowed here for a while and stopped.
take care and can't wait to see what you come up with next.