My Summer “Vacation” Creations

by Anita Campbell.
(Stewartsville, NJ)

Beaded Kumihimo Necklace by Anita Campbell  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Beaded Kumihimo necklace using pineapple jasper pendant

As some of you may know, I’ve been ADDICTED to beaded Kumihimo but also seem to like unusual gemstones and pendants that I try to incorporate into not only my Kumihimo items, but my other jewelry creations as well.

Beaded Kumihimo Necklace by Anita Campbell  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Beaded Kumihimo necklace using lavender jasper pendant

When I found these pendants at a local craft store, I instantly had to make something that incorporated different bead shapes (round, long magatama) with the pendants.

I like the look of these and it was fun making them.

Beaded Kumihimo Necklace by Anita Campbell  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Beaded Kumihimo dragon’s teeth necklace, cluster necklace

Also love using long magatama beads in different combinations, even though I have to thread each bead on by hand as the holes are not big enough to use a big eye needed like with the 6/0 or 8/0 seed beads.

Can’t work with anything smaller, both my eyes and fingers have gone on notice 🙂

Anita Campbell
The Beckoning Cat – Statement Jewelry

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  • I’m always in awe of your kumihimo artistry, Anita! I love the intriguing designs you created with the magatama beads here. And I really like how the colors in the purple beads connect with the lavender jasper, and the pineapple jasper feels like it was made for this strand of green beads. Lovely!

  • Thank you, Rena, for your comments. I keep trying to find new ways to incorporate Kumihimo into different media. While I personally don’t like the look of Kumihimo with wire (looks too “messy” for me – I prefer more “order/uniformity”…although if you look at my work area, it’s anything but 🙁 ). Trying to work with leather cord next. May also dabble, if I find the tiime, to do some Viking knit. I love this forum you have created. A very helpful community!

  • Kathy Zee says:

    Your necklaces are just beautiful. I have not tried Kumihimo but admire anyone who is making jewelry with that technique. I love your colors and designs. Good job. I am sure if you sell these necklaces they won’t be sitting very long. They are so pretty.

  • Pauline says:

    I’ve given Kumihimo a go using hemp cord. You use 4 times more cord than is suggested when you use wire. I like the look with a shabby chic/Steampunk theme. I haven’t mastered what to do with the ends though! I like that you use the cones. I’ve been threading the ends on a big jump ring and feeding the loose ends back through the cord. Drives me crazy. LOL What kind of cord/thread are you using? You’ve inspired me to try something else.

  • Joybelle says:

    How gorgeous! They are very elegant and I love your combination of colors and bead types. I also love to Kumihimo but get frustrated in thread length calculations, no matter how many times I think I have it figured out I always, come up short which of course hinders any creative beading such as yours. You definitely have mastered the art…congrats!

  • Jennifer says:

    I was wondering how many cords you used on your lavender necklace? Also, I can’t tell from the picture if you used seed beads or just braided cord. I love these as well, much more than other necklaces I’ve seen. Simple and elegant!

  • Beautiful! I love the contrast of the mixed type beads

  • Becky says:

    Those are super cool!! I’m so in love with the pineapple jasper one!! Keep up the awesome work!!

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