Back in my weaving days, I always admired weavers who could pull together amazing combinations of colors from their “stash”, or collection of fibers left over from other projects or purchased without a specific project in mind. I had the opportunity to try again to develop that skill with this necklace. Although the holes in [...]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 →
The polished agate pendant I used in this necklace was my favorite find from Beads, Etc. in South Lake Tahoe, California last November. I was concerned because the hole in the pendant is quite small for a kumihimo necklace, but I couldn’t leave the store without it. I love the way the artist allowed the [...]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.