I am finding I love the whole process of Kumihimo. It's almost hypnotic to weave the strands, it's fun to experiment with different fibers and colors, and I learn something each time I make a new project. This time I experimented with some multi colored string (I found it in the hardware department at Home Depot or Lowes - really not sure what it's true purpose is, but I love how colorful it is) - which came out too long to be a bracelet and, of course, too short to be a necklace. I'm sure I'll figure out something to do with it - but it's wonderfully colorful. I will try this string again, in a longer length - that way I can incorporate all the colors and maybe make a necklace out of it.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Since I already had the bobbins loaded (leftover from my first project) I decided to add beads to the mix. I used two different colors; size 6/0 seed beads; and I added them to 4 of the eight strands. I read somewhere that you should figure on 10 beads per inch of braid, so I loaded on 70 beads per strand thinking I would get enough length for a bracelet, but I ended up with a length of beaded braid that is about 10" long.
Next time I will add beads to all the strands - this looks like a spiral, and while it would make a nice bracelet, I am hoping to get the look of a bead crocheted piece.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This one has been on my 'to-do' list for a while now. Last fall, while shopping at (the now world famous)Mardens, I found some embroidery thread in some really wonderful colors - on sale for fifteen cents each! I, of course, could not pass up that bargain, so I bought an arm full of them with the thought that I could use the threads in jewelry - at the time I was thinking macrame, but whatever! I've seen some Kumihimo pieces that incorporate beads and I really love them (mostly because it looks similar to bead crochet, which I have fumbled trying to learn over and over and, yup, over), so I really wanted to try it.
I got the disk and the bobbins from my LBS (here)........the disk comes with an "instruction sheet" - which just tells you the most basic steps of the process - and didn't mention the bobbins at all.......so I cruised the web and found an awesome video on you tube (here) that explained how to get started - from threading the bobbins to weaving with the disk - really awesome video! So, I loaded my bobbins - I used four different color threads
and believe it or not, after much less time than you would imagine, I had this length of woven braid.....
to which I added this fabulous vintage African Brass Spiral focal..........and some gold end caps......
here is the completed necklace (sans clasp - still have to make one for it).
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I am convinced that my Muse was a plumber in a previous life. Why else would I be finding jewelry making supplies in the local home improvement store? Again - from the inconspicuous pipe hanger comes......
a focal for a bracelet!
but of course, beaten, buffed and smoothed!
some lovely little gemstones, courtesy of turquoise magpie
a darling little heart shaped clasp from Beads on the Kennebec;
this little beauty is winging its way North tomorrow morning!