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Kumihimo lariat

I seem to be very busy with several different projects, which need to stay secret for the time being! I really wanted to find something to post, so I hunted through my old files and found this little darling. I made it for a challenge in 2011 for the now defunct Australian Beading Forum. It […]

Wire Wow Factor

Lovely Jamie North has made these stunning bracelets with a definite Wow Factor, using my tutorialĀ and some of her fabulous clasps. Using wire to make kumihimo braids opens up a whole new world of design possiblilites. Wire works in a completely different way to cord and yarn and some familiar braids can look unrecognizeable made […]

Snowflake bracelet, but no snow here yet!

Snowflake bracelt

We may not have had any snow here in London yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer to post this frosty, snowflake bracelet. I made it for the Kumihimo Challenge group last month. The challenge is monthly and is great fun, so I would highly recommend it to anyone. The braid is made using one […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all lovers of Kumihimo! This is the time of year when we can look back over the year and see what we have achieved, as well as looking forward to what we hope to accomplish in the coming year. I feel that I learnt a lot in 2013 about how to […]

Hairy Mary!

I have seen some gorgeous designs recently using hairy yarns, so I though it was time to dig out one of my own. I love to use textured yarns as they produce very individual braids. They can be a bit tickly to wear, so I like to wear them over clothing, such as a turtle […]

My latest tutorial in Digital Beading, Nautical Knots

Digital Beading Tutorial

This is the front page of my latest tutorial for Digital Beading. It is called Nautical Knots. The brief was to make something summery, so I went for a nautical theme and got the chance to use these adorable sea charms. Writing tutorials for a fully digital magazine is interesting because they do not have […]

First Front Cover of 2014

I was really delighted to find my latest design for Beads & Beyond magazine splashed across the front cover. 2013 was a good year for seeing kumihimo in print and as this is the January 2014 issue I hope it is a good omen for next year! I believe that kumihimo can only continue to […]

Thank you

Brown and Gold Treasure Nets necklace

Thank you very much for the great reaction to my latest tutorial, Treasure Nets. It means a lot to me to know that people like what I am doing and it encourages me to work hard and experiment to get the next design together! For this design I felt I needed to return to explore […]

Treasure Nets

Heart shaped Treasure Net necklace

I have been working on this for quite a few weeks and I am finally ready to publish the tutorial. As an experiment I have also produced a 2 minute video clip to support the tutorial. The idea is that it is short enough to email to anyone who buys the tutorial. In 2 minutes […]

You can’t go wrong with a bit of bling!

Sitting Pretty with bling

These ultra sparkly beads work particularly well in the Sitting Pretty bracelet. The beads perch up on the modified ladder braid to catch the light and maximise the sparkle. The beads themselves are not cheap, but this design uses very few. With less than 12 beads you can make a real statement. The beads can […]