I made this necklace using the ancient Japanese technique of braiding called Kumihimo.  I have strung and braided eight separate strands of C-Lon cording each consisting of eighty-five beads.   I designed this necklace with seed beads at each end and then introduced the larger chunkier beads to try and create the look of a flower and leaf garland.

My early interest in designing and creating silver and gold jewelry has in recent years evolved towards using beads and fiber with the endless possibilities of texture, color and movement that they offer. 

When I discovered Kumihimo, the ancient art of Japanese fiber braiding (circa 645-745 AD and translated as “gathering of threads”), my designs were forever changed. With my lifetime fascination for and collection of unique beads, my passion for Kumihimo took on a modern twist by incorporating these beads and metal along with the traditional use of thread.

The colors, shapes and fluidity of my Kumihimo necklaces are designed to bring out the beauty of the wearer.

Leslie Silk-Champagne is a bead artist and jewelry designer who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in metal smithing and jewelry design.  Leslie’s focus has moved from using metal to, in recent years using beads to create her jewelry.  She teaches beading workshops around the Seacoast of New Hampshire as well as giving private lessons.  Her jewelry is sold in boutiques throughout Southern Maine and New Hampshire as well as juried crafts shows and small group exhibitions.

Leslie lives and has a studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

kumihimo necklace