How to Add a Large Hole Bead to Patterned Kumihimo

SKU VID-1471
Designer: Kat Silvia
Skill Level: Beginner
In this video you will learn a method of adding a large hole bead to a Kumihimo braid. This technique is useful especially when you need to keep your pattern rotation in order.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Kat with beadaholique.com today i'm gonna be working with an eight warp round you can also do this for other warps as well it'll work just the same so the thing is this I wanted to do this video to show the alternative method because I've created quite a pattern here and I wanted to be able to keep the cords separated and in the same pattern as I work so in Julie's video she just kind of took them all off and then slipped the bead on and then put them all back wherever they wanted to go but because I'm doing a specific pattern I have to do a little bit different so you can actually see that down here on my bobbins I've numbered them so that I keep track of where they are so in case I lose track of my round that's happening here I know exactly where all of my bobbins are and I've numbered in my pattern so that I know that you know number one is always going to be this number of beads and that kind of thing so but the idea of this video is just to show you how to put on that large hole bead now today I'm gonna be using this bead here and this is a nice little sort of snow leopard it's a Swarovski crystal pave but this will work with many different sizes here so you can see that this has a nice long barrel but you could do it with the sort of traditional size bead as well so just to kind of get started here so I have finished with my beads here and I'm gonna add one more final bead and I'm gonna keep going and I like to work clockwise but you can also work counterclockwise just whichever you do just keep it the same so what I'm doing right now is I'm building up a portion without beads so that I can easily slip on at that large hole bead so this you're gonna want to do for as long as that Center core is and maybe even just a little tiny bit less because you want to be able to sort of have it nestled nice and tightly in there so I'm gonna keep braiding until I get for this it's gonna be probably just under half an inch so I'm gonna continue to braid off-camera and then when it's time to add on that bead I'm gonna come right back and show you how easy that is okay so you can see just kind of by looking down here I've built up my little brave let me kind of flip over my desk here for you so you can just see that I've built up just enough to kind of sit inside it that well and even just a little bit less actually all right so here is the tedious part so what you're gonna do is kind of lay your work down and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna pick a bobbin here oh and I do want to state that I have one down and three up and two to the side this way I'll keep track of where I left off so that I know my first step is gonna be taking this one down here so in case you haven't seen some of our other kumihimo videos that is what we sort of do to keep track it's a good little tip okay so I've taken off my bobbin here for this one here now I'm gonna slide this bead on and noting that it's between the 9 and the 10 I'm gonna take it off slide the bead down and place it right back in that notch and now I'm gonna wind up that bobbin so that is sort of the whole step process but you have to do this one at a time this is where you can't just do all of them at once because if you're trying to keep that pattern together you really got to be careful alright so again we're just going to keep going around so as I'm doing this let me share a couple of other quick little tips with you so another big question that we get a lot of around here is how many beads does it take to complete kumihimo you just see I'm just gonna slide that through that one and for today's demonstration here I am using 8 o runed Toho seed beads and for about approximately an inch you're gonna do seven beads on each strand so that's kind of an approximation now your braid can be tight or loose so that can be you know up or down one or two but about seven beads on each strand will give you about an in so just sort of like I said that's another question that we get a lot of around here so I just wanted to kind of point that out for you guys all right so you can kind of see that my little bead is sort of bobbling around here and that's okay but that's why we go one at a time and we'll kind of go back through and tighten everything up once we get to that point all right so I'm gonna go around and continue to do this you can also see that I've like I said I've numbered my bobbins and I leave my bobbins numbered you can actually do it with a sharpie or permanent marker I just like to do it in the blue so that it shows up for you guys on camera here around here and making sure to just continue to work in the same order and again this is why you want those little stickies right there all right so I'm gonna continue to do this and then I will come back here and I'll show you what the last one looks like and then I'll show you how to kind of continue on okay so this is my last strand here so I'm gonna pull it out of the little notch there and it's getting a little bit tight through my bead so I'm just gonna kind of try to wiggle this last little cord through there there we go and kind of come up and catch him all right now the first thing I want to do is put it right back in that notch so that I don't forget where it's coming from but now I'm gonna kind of start to adjust my cords again and just pulling them down and you can see that they're a little wobbly on top and that's okay so you can see that it actually kind of slid right down over the top there and this is why I kind of wanted you to make sure let's see here I'm gonna adjust that underneath there we go I think that actually may have made it worse to touch I'm just adjusting here there we go okay so that's a little bit better let me finish winding on this bobbin here and the nice thing about this is that actually if continuing the beadwork you can add on the beads as you take off the strand string it through and then add on the beads that way you're only doing this next step kind of once so you'll see that like I got those beads butted right up against it on this side so as you can see that'll be the sort of a nice little focal of this beginning piece so all I'm gonna do now is I'm just gonna do once without beads here just to kind of get that rhythm back in with my cords here and now I'm really trying to focus on pulling it good tension to make sure that those beads and that cord is gonna sit nicely so yeah so you see how it was tangled a moment ago it's much less tangled now so it's nice and even now so all I'm gonna do from here on out is I'm gonna add on my beads and I'm gonna string the rest of it and finish it off like we do our regular kumihimo so that's it so that's the basic technique is you just sort of take one out and pull it out to the side one by one but that way your pattern stays intact and if you do feel that you had gotten off you can always check your bobbins and make sure that they are in the right order so this is a really fun little technique you can do this several times throughout a piece if you wanted to add on let's say three pieces it's gonna be the exact same so you just watch the number of beads you have and have fun making kumihimo bracelets with large hole beads you can get all of these supplies and see even more videos by going to beadaholique.com you

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