Thursday, October 20

New Obsession

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.

It's so much fun.  I highly recommend it.  And if you don't want to buy a Kuminimo disk, there are a number of places on the we that show you how to make them out of cardboard, foam, or even a paper plate.  So you have no excuses to try this fun technique out.  

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.         

1 comment:

Rose said...

Awesome! That's great that you can work on this on the bus. I can't wait to see what all you make.

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