I have a new obsession. It's super simple and it's really fun. I can take it with me and work on it on the bus if I want (which is nice because my bus ride is 45min long).
What is it you ask? Why it's Kumihimo.
I have been so many talented artist making beautiful braids, that I couldn't wait to try. I got myself a little disk. I would love to have a one of the nice wooden stands, but I just don't have the funds right now. Maybe some day.
But my little foam Kumihimo disk works great. I can take it with me because it's small and can be thrown in my bag. I have the nice plastic bobbins to hold all my fiber in place, so the strings don't get tangled in the bag. And I made it's own little pouch so everything is together. I can sit on the bus and get about 3-4 inches of braid finished, depending on the type of fiber I use. It's perfect. And the best part is I now have something to do during my boring bus rides. See I get motion sickness very easily, but the braiding doesn't seem to bring it on like reading does. Like I said perfect bus companion.
I'm also, for the first time in my life, really excited about all the different fibers I can use. I've always liked fibers, yarns, ribbons, but never had a use for them. Until now. I now find myself looking at every type of fiber out there and imagining what it would look like braided. It's a strange new obsession for me.
I've even tried my hand at making beaded braids. This is perfect since I have no concept of crocheting or knitting. I've tried, many a time, lets not get into that here. :-) I've made one necklace I'm keeping for myself and now I'm working on a second one that I might make a big beautiful pendent for.
Now I'm off to work on some projects (I'm making two more bookmarks and a larger beaded tapestry) and get some things done around the house (plenty to paint). Take care.