Over time, I have experimented with using ribbon in my jewelry making and the idea of loose braids. I haven't been thrilled with the results, but this time, I think I got it right. I used the mixed TOHO beads and threaded them into long strands, using two of them along with ribbon and cotton yarn with pearls. I braided the four strands together. Every so often I joined them together with a bow of ribbon and finally added a snowflake charm. I am happy with the results of this longer necklace strand.
materials used came from Artbeads.com: