Sometimes you have to make a truly ugly braid in order to make beautiful braids. It’s always helpful to have a color placement chart to work with when you plan your braid so that you can be sure where each color will appear if you’re using multiple colors. In order to draw the color placement [...]
With a little planning, sometimes sample pieces can become useful items. I’ve been traveling a great deal over the past month or so, and there is sadly no room in a single 45-pound suitcase allowed on an airplane for the maru dai or karakumidai that I frequently take with me when I travel by car. [...]
Back in my weaving days, I always admired weavers who could pull together amazing combinations of colors from their “stash”, or collection of fibers left over from other projects or purchased without a specific project in mind. I had the opportunity to try again to develop that skill with this necklace. Although the holes in [...]
Recently several members of the “Kumihimo Braiders International” group on Facebook began experimenting with a particular braid from Mark Campbell’s Art of Hair Work, an instructional book published in 1867. The book, which is available free of charge at Project Gutenberg, was a “Self-Instructor in the art of Hair Work, dressing hair, making curls, [...]
This Week In My Workroom
Sometimes I work on specific projects, other times I'm just experimenting, but I am
Here's what's going on this week.
Artist’s StatementI enjoy kumihimo precisely because it is not a mindless activity – it demands my focus and attention, engaging the problem-solving part of my brain. Whether the structure is one that I am braiding for the first time or a familiar one, I am required to concentrate on the way the threads work together to form that particular braid. It forces me to pay close attention to the process instead of hurrying or looking ahead. The individual moves lead one to another predictably, and the structure, once understood, tells me what should come next. This peaceful, rhythmic flow added to the pleasure of the color interactions and handling the silk is the joy of kumihimo for me.