Vacations are opportunities to see and experience new things, new places, new people, and new ideas. My husband and I have been fortunate to be the guests of dear friends in Lake Tahoe, California for the last two weeks. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place, very different from our home in Florida. Since I knew [...]Continue Reading →
A dear friend admired the sample necklace with a sea glass pendant that I did for two recent introductory classes, and requested one for herself. I was delighted to make one as a gift for her, since she volunteered to spend the afternoon helping me create class kits with coordinating colors [...]Continue Reading →
When the kongoh braid that I tried first for the heart pendant turned out to be too stiff for the necklace, I was reminded of an ideal way to put the characteristics of the kongoh structure to use: a braided bolo. I purchased the hardware for this tie way back in 2007 when I [...]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.