Sunday, November 20, 2011

More of my Kumihimo Shopping Spree

Here are some more of my shopping spree items...

I love the books by Karen DeSousa. Especially the one in the middle and on the right of the picture.  The one in the middle has a calculation chart to help figure out how many beads you need for your project.  And the other book has instructions on how to braid the "Laramie Braid".  I've been looking for this braid for months.  The book also has a tutorial for making a peyote toggle set and end caps using delicas and #11 and #15 seed beads.  I already know how to peyote.  I just needed the pattern.

The book, "200 Braids to Loop, Knot, Weave, & Twist" by Jacqui Carey is a good book if you want to learn other methods of braiding.  But don't look for anything about using the kumi disk or plate.  This is not the book you need.  It does show how to use finger looping to make braids.  I have a cousin who tried to teach me this technique but I could never catch on.  Now that I have the book, I will be working on it.  I doubt if it will replace my love for kumihimo.

As you can see, I purchased the Bead Smith disk and plate.  They are bigger than what I'm used to working with, but I like them.  I purchased them on Ebay

So now I'm just waiting for some end clamps to get here and I will have everything.
This was a fun shopping experience that I hope will never stop.  I love Kumihimo!!!!!!

I had to share this...  As I have stated before, I attend a jewelry class at a local senior activity class every Friday morning.  This past Friday, I learned how to make a ceramic and polymer clay piece that can be used as a pin or bead.  I will be using mine on a kumihimo braid.  Now that I know how to make them, I will be making more.  I like working with these mediums also.  I think they will make interesting focal pieces along with adding more value to my pieces.

I never thought that my work was good enough for anyone but family and friends.  Well, I had to suck it up and step outside my box.  I entered 2 of my pieces in the BeadSmith Kumihimo Challenge.  For me to do that was a big step.  Even if I don't win, I feel very priviledged to have them featured on the challenge site.

This piece is made with 1mm red satin cord (bugtail) and 8mm beads.  I used the basic 8 cord movements.

This piece is made with 1mm gold satin cord (bugtail) and a novelty crochet yarn.  Again using the basic 8 cord movements.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Red and Silver Necklace

This creation came about while wanting something special for Christmas.  It is a basic 8 cord pattern.  I strung beads on all 8 cords    Looking at the pattern graph in Jacqui Carey's book "Creative Kumihimo", I figured out how to space the beads so they would be strung on both sides of the braid.   For some reason, doing this flattened out this part of the braid.

8 - 1mm Red Satin Cording
8mm silver beads

Braid 1.5in without beads.
1.  Bead next L up/ R down.
2.  Braid next 8 cords without beads
3.  Repeat steps 1 & 2 for desired length
4.  Bead all 8 cords for desired length of center piece
5.  Using the bead placement of the first section of the necklace, align the "side by side" beads to    
     match sides and repeat steps 1 & 2 for length.
6.  Braid 1.5in without beads.
7.  End braid.

If you try this pattern and find mistakes or you have any questions, please leave a comment.  I plan to make another necklace and carefully write more precise instructions.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Kumihimo Shopping Spree

I went on an online Kumhimo shopping spree last week and purchases have been coming in almost every day this week.  I think I bought 8 books, and some other things.  Here's what I've received so far...
 Kumihimo Wire Jewelry by Giovanna Imperia - Haven't tried wire yet.  In future plans.
Creative Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey - This book has graphs that I can xerox and color.
Braiding for Beaders 2nd Edition by Anne Dilker - This book for the basic 8 cord design.  It shows color set-ups and actual braids.  It also has a tutorial for making beaded tassels.  This looks to be a good book to work with.

I won a bid on Ebay for 200 silver end clips for flat braids.  I bid $6.50.  The bonus of winning was I only had to pay $3.25, shipping included.

Finally received my satin cord I won for a penny on ebay.  The only bad thing - it took over a month to get it.   Coming from China.

I received some bobbins I bought on Amazon, 2 sizes.  I like working with the bobbins    And I received my lucet.  Gonna take a little work to get the tension correct on it.  But I will work on it.

Well, that's all for now. Will be sitting on my front steps waiting for the postman/woman to bring me more fun Kumihimo stuff.  Man, I do love Kumihimo!!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Keyrings I made for a fall fair that cancelled.  I can use them for the Santa Shop at the end of the month.

Ok, my shopping spree is done for the month. At least in books (4). I ordered most of my end caps and findings. Now I just need to get some satin cording. I may just go to Hobby Lobby and get some. Will be working on a few jewelry pieces for the Santa Shop at the end of the month. Nothing fancy, just a few bracelets and necklaces. May do a little work in polymer clay for some focal pieces to go with them. A crafter's work is never done...
Hi All,
Been busy making keyrings for a fall fair that cancelled at the last minute.  But fret not, I can still use them for the Santa Shop at the senior activity center I attend.

Getting to know me, I am a firm believer of using what I have on hand until I can afford what I want.  I wanted  marudai that I could use when I'm in bed with my legs elevated.  And after much thought, this is what I came up with.  What do you think?

Thank goodness for plastic bottles!