This week’s project was yet another in a series of projects that required multiple attempts before I achieved the result I was looking for. I tried several different spiral braids that were unsatisfying. I wanted the braid to echo the spiral of blue and orange in the pendant, and there were lots of options. I [...]Continue Reading →
After the disaster two weeks ago, I tried plate braiding again, this time to make the large zigzag. My problems with tension are still very evident, but this braid was at least a little better. I used three strands of 10/2 mercerized cotton from the warm side of the Tubular Spectrum – a [...]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 →
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.