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.