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Unusual new beads for Kumihimo

From time to time I am lucky enough to be sent some new beads to play with and to see how they might work for kumihimo. A short while ago a big box of beads arrived from Beadsmith and they have been keeping me pretty busy since then. Some of the designs I came up […]

Patina Paint

One of the most important aspects of jewellery making is finding your own style and one of the best ways of doing this is by exploring the combination of different techniques. On my last show on Jewellery Maker I showed how beaded kumihimo can be transformed by the use of patina paints. I first experimented […]

Czech Delight!

It is time to look at the work of another kumihimo artist. When I decided to feature different people in my blog my intention was to add variety and interest to my writing. For me it has turned into far more than that and is proving to be a fascinating insight into the lives and […]

Christmas Kumihimo in September?!

kumihimo christmas

I am sorry to do this to you, but it really is time to start thinking about Christmas! The holiday season has a tendency to creep up on us. One moment it is way in the future and in the next moment you find yourself scrabbling to be ready! We all create because we love […]

Kumihimo Workshops at Jewellery Maker

I have had lots of enquiries about whether I am planning to do any workshops at Jewellery Maker, so I wanted to let people know that I will be doing two workshops this autumn. They are not available for booking yet, but Wendy, the workshop coordinator, is happy for me to give out the dates. […]

Planning a kumihimo workshop

I had a most enjoyable day yesterday at Stitchncraft bead shop in Dorset instructing at a kumihimo workshop. It was an intermediate design and all the lovely ladies worked so hard. I was really delighted by the way they mastered a complex braid and learnt how to add beads. Seeing my design take shape with […]

Ornithologists’ Delight!

It is time for a look at another inspirational designer and this time I don’t have to go far from home. I have made many wonderful friends through the internet, but have only met very few of them in person. Janine Learner only lives about 20 miles from me so she is one of those […]

Tassels Galore!

Pearl kumihimo

I have just finished putting the instructions for the first kit I demonstrated yesterday JM onto this site. This kit was all about fine cords, so it was a great opportunity for me to explore the potential of finer cords in kumihimo. The most obvious advantage of the S-Lon Tex 135 is that it will […]

Cords, cords and more cords!

S-Lon cord for kumihimo

There is often a considerable amount of confusion about which cords or threads are suitable for beaded kumihimo, which is a shame because using the correct cord is one of the keys to maintaining the necessary tension to keep the beads in place. S-Lon and C-Lon beading cord are identical products and are perfect for […]