Here are the lovely, hardworking ladies who attended my Introduction to Kumihimo workshop, which was hosted by Spoilt Rotten Beads in the pretty village of Haddenham in Cambridgeshire.
My aim was to introduce the basic skills of kumihimo braiding and to add to them the tricks and tips I have learnt along the way, which ensure consistent results. I wanted to pack a lot into the day, so I started by teaching the basic Round Braid, using satin cord. Then everyone made a test beaded piece before embarking on their beaded bracelet. I was really delighted and impressed by how hard everyone worked and how much they achieved.
One of the best parts of this sort of workshop is seeing the colour choices each person has made. Participants are given a list of materials required and I make up samples in different colours, but each person makes their own choice. With the multitude of colours, effects and finishes available the decision making can be bewildering. I add to the difficulty by providing a choice of designs! However, with the well-stocked shelves of Spoilt Rotten Beads just down the stairs it was possible to have a last minute change of mind! The results were really inspiring and I just wish I had taken more photos of all the fabulous bracelets.
For me the day was great fun and I am looking forward to the next one, which will be hosted by Stitch’n’craft in beautiful Dorset. I have been very lucky to have been invited to teach in such attractive parts of England and at such great bead shops. If only I could spend a bit more time shopping!