Kumihimo Pip Beads Necklace Beading Tutorial by Lea Polickova

Created under the brand Czech Beads, Preciosa Pip Beads are beads shaped like that of lemon fruit seed. Pip beads have 2 holes running from side to side at the tapered end of the bead. Since one end is tapered pip beads are perfect as dangling, for fringes and as edging, especially if you’re making beaded flowers, where Pip beads use has become so popular. They are perfect for making petals. The tapered end also can fit together tightly when strung, perfect for creating bangles.

 

Materials:

Preciosa Pip beads – approx. 150 – 170 pcs

Firepolished beads 3 mm – FP 3mm – approx. 150 – 170 pcs

Matubo beads 8/0 or Japanese round seed beads 8/0 – SB 8/0 – approx. 7 g

Japanese round seed beads 11/0 – SB 11/0 – approx. 5 g

When beading, we start from the central part of the necklace made of Preciosa Pip beads and fire polished beads. You’ll be beading row by row in two steps – first of all you’ll bead a base row (just with Pip beads and seed beads) and second you’ll embellish the base with a fire polished beads. When the central part of the necklace is done, you’ll just finish the necklace on both ends by tubular herringbone.

PART ONE – FIRST ROW – BASE

Step 1
Use 2 needles, first part of beading is done with RAW stitch (you have to bead with two ends of a thread).Prepare a comfortable length of the thread. Pick up 1x Pip bead, 1x SB 8/0, 1x Pip bead and 1x SB 8/0. Weave cross through the firstly added Pip bead (see the scheme a). Slide beads to the center of the thread.
Pick up 1x SB 8/0 (do this with both ends of the thread) and then pick up 1x Pip bead (weave cross through this bead with both ends of the thread). Pull the thread well.
Repeat Step 1b) to have 4 Pip beads in a row. Pull the thread well.

Note: When beading with Pip beads, be careful if beads are staying in right position – all Pip beads should be in position as seen in the pictures below – should be headed outwards.

Pick up 1x SB 8/0 (do this with both ends of the thread) and weave cross through the very firstly added Pip bead (see the scheme d) – weave cross the Pip bead on the left side). Pull the thread well and tie a knot.

PART TWO – FIRST ROW – EMBELLISHMENT

Step 2
Thread should exit from a SB 8/0. Pick up 1x FP 3 mm and weave through a second SB 8/0 between two Pip beads (see the scheme a).
Weave back through the newly added firepolished bead and then go through a SB 8/0 the thread was coming from (see the scheme b). Pull the thread well.

 

Note: When weaving through SB 8/0, it is important to go through a bead from both sides – fire polished beads are then staying right between Pip beads.
Step 3
Thread should exit from a SB 8/0. Pick up 1x SB 11/0 and weave through the next SB 8/0. Repeat steps 2-3 to add FP 3 mm and SB 11/0 to each side of base.

 

PART THREE – ANY ADDITIONAL ROW – BASE

Step 4
The first row should be now completed. Thread should exit from a SB 8/0. Pick up 1x Pip, 1x SB 8/0 and 1x Pip bead. Weave through the next SB 8/0 in the base row (see the scheme a).
Weave back through the last added Pip bead (see the scheme b). Pull the thread well.
Step 5
Thread should exit from a Pip bead, pick up 1x SB 8/0 and 1x Pip bead. Weave through the next SB 8/0 in the base row (see the scheme) and go back through the newly added Pip bead. Pull the thread well.
Step 6
Thread should exit from a Pip bead, pick up 1x SB 8/0 and 1x Pip bead. Weave through the next SB 8/0 in the base row (see the scheme) and go back through the newly added Pip bead. Pull the thread well.
Step 7
Thread should exit from a Pip bead. Pick up 1x SB 8/0 and weave from the top through the very first added Pip bead (see the scheme). Go through a SB 8/0 below Pip bead and weave back through a Pip bead. Pull the thread well.

 

PART FOUR – ANY ADDITIONAL ROW – EMBELLISHMENT

Step 8
PART FOUR – ANY ADDITIONAL ROW – EMBELLISHMENT
Basically, repeat steps 2-3. There is one slightl difference -fire polished bead is sewed between SB 8/0 and SB 11/0 (instead of two SB 8/0 as done in steps 2 and 3). Pull the thread well to strengthen up.

Repeat steps 4-8 to create central part of the necklace. It should measures approx. 19 cm, but it depends on the amount of Pip beads you have and what do you like.

 

PART FIVE – TRANSFER INTO TUBULAR HERRINGBONE

When central “Pip bead” part of the necklace is done, it is time to complete the necklace (or bracelet if you wish). Thread should exit from a SB 8/0. Pick up 2x SB 8/0 and weave through the next SB 8/0 in the base row (see the scheme below) and go back through the second added SB 8/0. Pull the thread well.

Note: On the one edge of the central “Pip bead” part of the necklace, there will be missing SB 11/0 between Matubo beads. Don’t forget to add SB 11/0 to each gap between SB 8/0. Repeat steps 9-11 on both ends of the necklace.

Step 10
Pick up 1x SB 8/0 and weave through the next SB 8/0 in the base row and go back through the newly added SB 8/0. Pull the thread well and repeat this step to add another SB 8/0.
Step 11
Continue beading just with SB 11/0. Finish the necklace using tubular herringbone stitch (see the schemes below). Bead on both ends of the necklace until you reached preferred length of the necklace.
Step 12
For attaching a clasp, SB 8/0 can be used. Add 1x SB 8/0 on the top of the finished tubular herringbone spiral (in the way you can easily passed through it a jump ring) and sew it securely with tubular herringbone. Tie-off and cut ends of the thread. You can attach the clasp now – use jump ring and add a clasp to each end of the necklace – use SB 8/0 on the top. Your “Kumihimo” Pip necklace is now ready to wear.

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