So, I recently splurged on a bunch of Long Magatama beads from Miyuki, with the intention of making a glorious kumihimo necklace. I have recently finished this glorious endeavor and I now present it to you!
Tada! After I posted this on various and assorted facebook posts, I was surprised to receive about a bajillion questions about how I figured out the placement of my colors. For this particular necklace I did four strands of galvanized gold magatamas (three long and one short) on every other spot, and the other four spots were filled with frosted transparent rose, canary yellow picasso, yellow-lined AB, and galvanized silver.
Now, you wanna know how I figured out what placement I wanted? Let me share my best secret – the Kumi Planner by Lytha Studios. This is a great little tool where you can place your colors on the wheel and preview how the necklace will turn out!
Isn’t it amazing?! I love this thing. You can either put the color on the wheel or on the braid directly to see how you need to configure your board. I use it every time I make a Kumihimo braid – and I make a lot!
Here are a few of my finished Kumihimo pieces –
I love my kumihimos – especially with beads galore. How do you usually do yours? Let me know in the comments!
Edit: Wanted to add a few additional resources.