Starting a braid with a loop is often done to allow for a button or bead closure, or as an alternative to a metal end cap. The photo to the right is a loop start done on a disk with metallic DMC floss. The concept is very simple, but it requires a bit [...]Continue Reading →
I have to classify this week’s blog project as a complete disaster, although I did learn a lot. I had been asked long ago to evaluate the BeadSmith kumihimo plate as compared to the Hamanaka kumihimo plate, plus I would be away from my studio for several days while I accompanied my husband on [...]Continue Reading →
Choosing colors for a braid is often very tricky. What looks like a lovely subtle difference in the package or on the spool can turn out to be an undiscernable difference in a braid (for example: the white- and natural-colored Imposter in my Too Subtle Necklace). It is just as easy to choose colors [...]Continue Reading →
This piece of rhodochrosite set in silver was another one of my finds from Beads, Etc. in South Lake Tahoe, California last November. The bands of deep rose, grey and charcoal caught my eye and the bail seemed ample for accommodating a kumihimo braid. (The fact that it was on sale at the time made [...]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.