Demi-licious Beaded Bracelet

The Demi-licious Beaded Bracelet is my adaptation of the Anda-gumi Kumihimo Braid, developed by Makiko Tada and originally presented in her Disc and Plate books 1 & 2). It came as a challenge; most of the beaded braids today are based on a single Kumihimo braid, Kongho-gumi (the well-known 2-drop Beaded Braid). I was intrigued by the similarity of Anda-gumi to a woven structure and to bead looming, so after about 2 years of research, trial and error, I came up with the technique for a beaded version of the braid.

The braid is row-based, but unlike many bead-woven or loomed designs, the rows of Anda-gumi lay at a 45-degree angle to the edges, creating a pleasant visual, along with some design challenges. The original braid used TOHO’s #8 round beads. Their uniformity made the braid easier to work, while the rich color palette provided lots of options. Here are some of the first generation of the braid:

You can see in this detail of two braids how the beads lay against the bias. Also notice how important the thread color is to the design of the braid. I use TOHO’s Amiet threads, which is a special micro-macrame thread that is well suited to making this particular braid. The color of the thread is one of the decisions you will have to make in class, as you put together your color combinations.

Here’s another example of a very simple combination of beads that made a stunning bracelet

One of the goals of the next generation was to devise a way to introduce more variety into the design, both in color and texture. TOHO’s Demi beads provided one option; the Demi beads are essentially a half an bead. Two Demis take the place of one round #8. An unexpected benefit to using Demis in the braid was that the divide between the two beads ran opposite to the angle of the row.

This bracelet is a combination of TOHO’s hex beads, round #8 beads, and #8 demi beads

Note how the angle of the demis is opposite that of the row, creating an interesting visual effect. Notice also now the hex beads near the edges of the bracelet create a break in the overall visual of the piece.

The introduction of Magatamas created another design option. Size 3 and 4 work best. The image below used a combination of all the bead types: #8 round, hex beads, Magatamas, and demis

Your homework, as it were, is going to be to take a look at the color options that I’ll be bringing along, and start to think about how you might design your piece.

Here’s  link to the Palette Page….