Prumihimo Power! - Riverside Beads

Prumihimo Power!

Hello Beautiful Beaders,

Well I just couldn’t wait any longer to tell you more about my next Prumihimo based TV appearance, this Wednesday 23rd January, on Create and Craft TV. I’m going to be showing you how to use a fabulous kit that the creator of Prumihimo, Pru McRae, has designed.

Over the years Pru has developed her own special version of the Japanese braiding technique Kumihimo, simply called Prumihimo – fabulous right?
Her books are so interesting and insightful and you’ll want to get both the kit and the book to get a comprehensive understanding of all the amazing projects available.
What you might not find in the book is a little secret squirrel info I’ve got for you in this week’s blog, hot off the press from Pru McRae…
“There are 4 main techniques for adding beads to a Prumihimo braid, single beading, double beading, triple beading and quadruple beading. Before attempting any of these designs make sure you have learnt the braid structure and practised it thoroughly. There is plenty of cord in the (Riverside) kit for practise. If your first few braids are a bit twisted you can straighten them by following the instructions on Page 73.
The satin cords are used to give structure to the design and the beads are either threaded onto tiger tail or the grey 0.5mm knotting cord. To make threading easier, stiffen the end of the knotting cord with either clear nail varnish or superglue.”
Here are some other hints and tips from Pru relating to two of the projects in her book:-

Teal Pearl Necklace

Teal Pearl Prumihimo Project
Follow the basic set-up on page 21. Use 1m lengths of the 1mm satin cord, but to make a thicker braid the cords have been used double in the top and bottom slots at numbers 1 and 2. Single lengths of 1mm cord are used in the top and bottom slots at number 4. Use 1.25m lengths of the 0.5mm cord to carry the beads in the top and bottom slots at number 3. Thread 28 dark pearls on the top cord at 3 and 28 pale pearls on the bottom cord at 3. Add in a pearl just from the top cord at 3 for 3 sequences. Work 2 sequences without beads. Continue with this pattern. Add the focal beads using the instructions on page 72.

Multi-Strand Bracelet

Multi-Strand Bracelet
Follow the instructions on page 63. In the example the grey 0.5mm cord was used for all 8 cords, but 1mm satin cord could also be used for a more colourful bracelet.
Once you have your copy of Pru’s book why not click here to find out more clever tricks to improve your Prumihimo technique.

Also on this week’s C&C show I have a new colour-way for my Piptastic Prumihimo necklace project. Those already familiar with this will know that my pretty Peacock version is already available online. To see it click here. The new design is equally is gorgeous plus there’s a new bracelet kit coming this week too.

Piptastic Peacock Necklace
If you want to meet Pru McRae in person then join us for her next Prumihimo workshop at the Riverside Makery on the 11th May. Be quick though as there’s only a few spaces left.
Prumihimo Workshop
It’s a wonderful class, very flexible with bespoke tuition from the lady herself. Pru will teach you how to learn to use the Prumihimo disk to make a beautiful bracelet project. If you’d prefer she can also teach you to learn to how to use Wire on your Prumihimo disk which I personally find very interesting.

I’ll also be teaching my Piptastic necklace kit at the Makery too, using the Prumihimo disk. So you see you simply must come on over to find out more and share your hints and tips too! Sharing is caring you know? 😀
Anyway first stop is to tune into Create and Craft this Wednesday at 4pm. If you can’t make it then why not hit the record button on your telly box or click here where the show will be available to view online for 7 days from Wednesday.
Let me know how much you love it by commenting in the box below and always remember….happy beading!
To see Donna on Create and Craft TV go to Freesat 813 Virgin 748 Freeview 23 Sky 683 

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