I am spending this week with family and friends to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays, so there is nothing new to share from my workroom. I’m sharing photos of older projects for you to enjoy until I return in 2012.
May you enjoy an abundance of peace and happiness with [...]
This project is evidence that braids have a way of turning out quite differently than you expect them to. Although it is almost impossible to see, it was made with two different colors of Imposter rayon – #11 Natural and #14 White – arranged to create a pattern of white diamonds on a neutral ground [...]Continue Reading →
This week’s project was a great deal of fun to make and I can’t help smiling when I look at the finished necklace! I was all set to make an entirely different necklace when I ran across this idea in Stitch Workshop: Peyote Stitch: basic techniques, advanced results by the Editors of [...]Continue Reading →
Designing a new kumihimo necklace requires a series of trade-offs. Would a matching or contrasting color better set off the pendant? Which fiber would be the most effective with the specific structure? Each choice – the color, the fiber, the structure, beads and findings – provides a number of opportunities to alter [...]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.