I have been very busy over the last few weeks working on some videos for YouTube. I am often asked to produce video tutorials and I know that many people would find them useful, particularly those who are visual learners. I have decided that the best approach would be to offer these videos on YouTube because it offers me the greatest flexibility and offers the best accessability to viewers. I have given a lot of thought to what I would like to provide and I have decided that it would be best to supply tuition on the widest possible range of kumihimo subjects. The videos will cover both techniques and projects and they will include videos about the regular round disk, the square plate and the Prumihimo disk. The first few will concentrate on the Prumihimo disk. In videos 1 and 2 I will demonstrate how to use the disk to make braids and how to add beads. The third video will concentrate on a project and I have chosen a very appealing button braid bracelet. I will show how to make the bracelet and also discuss how other variations can be made using this technique. Videos 1 and 2 are available right now and the third video will be uploaded later this week. This is a new experience for me, so the timing and the sequence of the release of other videos is yet to be decided, but I hope to be able to settle into the pattern of a weekly upload. So far the list includes How to glue on ends, How to wire on ends, a Mushroom bead bracelet, Braiding on the Round Disk, Braiding on the Square Plate, a Pip bead bracelet and a couple of other projects. I am open to suggestion for other ideas and you can leave them in the comments section for the video on You Tube, or contact me by email or messenger.
If you like what you see can I ask you for your support? Subscribing to my YouTube channel not only keeps you updated on my new releases, but it also lets me know that I am on the right track. Spreading the word about my videos and encouraging friends to watch and subscribe is also enormously helpful to me. Sharing the links to the videos is much appreciated.
A huge amount of work goes into making these videos. I use the same approach to the videos as I use in my workshops. I aim not just to teach a single design or technique, but to inspire futher experimentation. You will see lots of samples of my work on the stands on my table because I want to be able to encourage people to explore on their own and find their own style.
This is a very exciting development for me. I have required a lot of help from my technical advisor (son!) to put these videos together and I have a lot to learn before I can produce them myself. The most important thing for me is that people find them useful and enjoyable. Click on the link to see what you think!