I know that I’ve said it many times, but I always learn from my students. I learn new ways to see structure, new ways to communicate kumhimo methods, and I see new possibilities through the eyes of other enthusiasts. Last weekend’s three-day workshop for the Weavers of Orlando was no exception. It was a [...]Continue Reading →
It is always exciting to page through a new book on kumihimo, scanning the photos for new inspiration for color combinations and braid structures. When one of the members of the Yahoo! Kumi2 Group found a photo of a braid with its initial color set-up and asked how to create it, another member of the [...]Continue Reading →
This green stone donut with its lovely coral impediments from The Bead Bar in Orlando, Florida inspired several different techniques for creating a necklace. First, I chose to use a flat braid structure I had not braided before. Because the structure required 16 tama, I decided to attach the stone ring using four 4 [...]Continue Reading →
This lovely fused glass pendant was a gift from a dear friend, and it contains one of my favorite color combinations – bright blue against a black ground. Its strong block shape seemed ideal for a metal collar necklace, but the opening in the glass was just a bit too small to accommodate either of [...]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.