I'm Garnie, I was introduced to the art of Kumihimo in July 2011. A friend was wearing a necklace that looked very much like bead crochet. I had worked on bead crochet for about a year. When she told me it was Kumihimo, I was intrigued. I wasted no time in doing a web and Youtube search to find all I could about this newly found craft. After doing my research and making my first bracelet using a homemade cardboard disk and some crochet yarn, I was totally hooked and in love!
Since then I have not put my disk down. It goes everywhere I go. I love that convenience. I can even take it on plane trips. I use a pair of nail clippers to cut my cords. Within a week of learning, I taught Kumihimo to 30 children and adults ranging in age from 8 - 80 at Vacation Bible School and my senior activity center jewelry class (the 80 year old was the pastor's mother).
I now keep a few homemade kits with me, the cardboard disk, some crochet yarn, an easy to follow instruction sheet and my business card. I teach the 7 cord braid with the kit. If they show interest in want to learn more, I tell them to call me to set up an appointment. They will purchase a form disk and the satin cord for more classes.
And that's the start of a new love in my quest for creativity. I have used satin cord, crochet yarn, hemp, ribbon, and anything I can find to braid. I will be posting more pictures as time goes on. The pictures below shows some of my work and a few of the tools I used when I first started. I hope you will enjoy my pieces and my blog.