Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kumi-whaaaa?

Kumihimo. That's what. It's a form of rope-making that comes from Japan. We've been intrigued for some time. Here's our first try at it. A spiral cord. (And before anyone asks......Yes, it's simple. Even we can do it.)




We used the info from this site and 16 lengths of ordinary embroidery floss (cut to 36 inches) . . . 4 each of 4 different colours. There seem to be a lot of variations.

We chose these colours specifically to go with a pendant that our sister-in-law (the potter) made for us. Yes, it's made of clay and fired in a kiln. She gave us 2. We suppose they could have been earrings, but the kumihimo won out.



Once we had the pendant and the cord, we only needed the hardware. We've been playing with wire, but it's been slow going. We were influenced (as always) by Sherri over on Knotjustmacrame, who made a lovely clasp for one of her bracelets. She pointed us to this tutorial. We think we'll just follow Sherri around and pick up her crumbs. :)



We Talk Back!


Now for some unfinished business... Mischelle recently left us a comment on a long-ago post about those macramé bracelets, asking for a tutorial. She didn't leave us any way to get back to her, so, Mischelle, if you're reading this, this info is for you. Everything you need to get started in beaded micro macramé can be found in one book. It's the very book we used to get started. It's Micro-Macramé: 30 Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords by Annika de Groot. Good luck, Mischelle!




4 comments:

  1. I can't believe you made that clasp - it looks so professional. No surprise I guess, you do everything so smartly. Will you keep the pendant for yourself?

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  2. I LOVE your kumi! I bought a disk and some cute little plastic bobbins... and I swear one of these days I'm going to try it. Well done!

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  3. The colours you chose to make your Kumi match the lovely pendant your SIL gave you perfectly. What a nice necklace you made and that clasp...very neat! ~ Paula

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  4. Your work is lovely, but I am reminded of long ago summer camp, where creative little girls just large amounts of plastic lace to make bracelets. Your colours are so much nicer than the gimp they gave us to work with (at my camp it was usually blue and white.)

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