Violet Miracle Necklace
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The following pattern makes a necklace measuring approx 50cm long (21"). If you'd like to make it longer, add 3 more seed beads onto the beginning and end of each thread to add another couple of centimetres to your design. Continue to add 3 more seed beads as many times as you like to make the necklace even longer.
You can also make the centre piece of the necklace shorter or longer by reducing or increasing the number of miracle beads you include. Each pack of miracle beads will vary and you may need to reduce the amounts in the next step if you don't have enough of the specific colours.
Cut 8 strands of s-lon cord measuring approximately 125cm (50") each.
Tie them together at one end and place pairs of cords into the slots on either side of the dots on your Kumihimo board. (See image)
Count out how many pink, red, purple and dark blue tones you have in your miracle bead mix and split them equally into 4 groups. I had 52 of these tones and therefore made 4 groups of 13 beads. Don't worry if you have one or two less than this, each mix is different and your centre section will be slightly shorter. Make sure each of your 4 groups has the same number of beads. You could add some of the cream coloured miracle beads into your mix if you want exactly 13.
Onto the top two strands next to dot 32, thread on 100 of your shiny purple tone seed beads onto each.
Onto the bottom two strands next to dot 16, thread on 100 of your amethyst tone seed beads onto each.
Onto the right hand two strands.
On one side next to dot 8, thread 30 blue seed beads, 13 miracle beads and 30 blue seed beads.
On the other thread next to dot 8, thread 30 pink seed beads, 13 miracle beads and 30 pink seed beads.
Onto the left hand two strands.
On one side next to dot 24, thread 30 shiny purple seed beads, 13 miracle beads and 30 shiny purple seed beads.
On the other thread next to dot 24, thread 30 amethyst seed beads, 13 miracle beads and 30 amethyst seed beads.
Wrap your excess cords into bobbins to keep them from tangling as you braid.
Start your kumihimo braiding. To see this technique in detail, watch Sarah in our Kumihimo bracelet video here.
To start, take the thread at the base of your disk, on the right side of dot 16 and bring it upwards to sit in the slot on the right hand side of the thread next to dot 32. You will now have 3 threads at the top.
Take the left most thread of these 3 and bring it down to sit on the left side of the single thread left next to dot 16.
This is one move.
Turn your disk anti clockwise.
You will now have dot 8 at the top and dot 24 at the bottom. Repeat the process. Take the thread at the base of your disk on the right side of dot 24 and bring it upwards to sit in the slot on the right hand side next to dot 8. You will now have 3 threads at the top. Take the left most thread of these 3 and bring it downwards to sit on the left side of the single thread left next to dot 24.
Turn your disk again anti clockwise and repeat this process braiding the threads without beads.
Continue to braid in this way until you have created approx 1cm of braided cord above where you knotted your threads together.
You can now start adding your beads into the braid.
On your next turn, slide a bead up with the first cord you move. Slot it under the first horizontal thread it comes to and continue to bring the rest of your thread over to sit in the slot it is moving to. (see image for where your bead should be placed).
Repeat this when you bring the next cord downwards, slotting the bead under the first horizontal cord it comes to and bringing the rest of the cord over.
Continue to add your beads until you have used up all 30 of the seed beads on each thread. When you come to adding your first miracle bead, add it in the same way and continue to braid.
From now on, add 3 seed beads on each seed bead move to match the length of the miracle beads. So you will add single miracle beads on some turns and 3 seed beads on the moves inbetween them.
Continue to braid until you have used up all of your miracle beads.
After your last miracle bead has been added, start adding single seed beads again to match the other side of your necklace cord.
Continue to braid until you reach a cord with no bead on it. You may have a few beads left on some of your strands, but you don't need to add any more into your braid.
Check each seed bead braid on either side of your necklace is approximately the same length.
Finish your braid by making another 1cm section with no beads, like you did at the beginning.
Remove the cords from the disk and knot them together at the top of the braid.
You now need to secure this braid below the knot before it can be glued into your clasp.
Take some thin sewing thread and wrap it around the unbeaded braid a few times, tightly. Knot this and sew through the braid a few times to secure it further.
Once you are happy this won't unravel, trim off the knot above the braid.
Check how small you need to trim your braid to fit into one end of your clasp.
Add a couple of drops of glue onto the cord and slot it into your cord end to dry. If your cord is too big, wait for the glue to dry and trim the cord down with sharp cutters or scissors. Repeat the gluing and secure it into your clasp
Repeat this process on the other end of the necklace to attach the other cord end.
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