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 →
It should have been no surprise to me that in the middle of preparing to go to the Braids 2012 Conference in Manchester, England next week, the finding that attached my favorite eyeglass tether to my reading glasses failed. That frustration was the last in a long line of small disasters that included two [...]Continue Reading →
In beach towns and theme parks all over Florida, vacationing tourists find kiosks with racks of cotton thread cones and a stool under an umbrella where both the young and the young-at-heart can get a hair wrap. A tanned attendant will take strands of hair and wrap the length snugly with your choice [...]Continue Reading →
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 →
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.