Watching my students always gives me lots of “what if…?” moments, and this week’s workshop and private class were no exception. Although I’m not in my studio this week, I knew better than to leave without packing some fiber to braid with for myself. I brought along several extra packages of the [...]Continue Reading →
I spent yesterday teaching a class for the Space Coast Fiber Guild on Merritt Island, Florida, and tomorrow I will begin a two-day private Intermediate Class in Naples, Florida. As I was packing all of the necessary supplies and equipment to teach these classes, I had to consider what other tools I can’t do without [...]Continue Reading →
I’ve tossed my share of unsuccessful projects into the trash over the years. Often it’s the wisest thing to do when faced with a warp that just isn’t working the way you wanted it to work. But when I’ve made the effort to wind 16 tama with 48 strands of 40weight rayon each, I’m reluctant [...]Continue Reading →
Sometimes the simple things are the most difficult to achieve. My goal seemed very straightforward: braid a lightweight cord to keep my favorite pair of reading glasses handy when I don’t need them. I have made several beaded eyeglass tethers but lately I have noticed that the beads are heavier than the [...]Continue Reading →
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.