Time to Confess
My name is Trish and I'm a thread addict. There. I said it. It is something I can no longer deny.
A recent reorganisation saw me put all the undyed thread I had collected in one place and the amount astounded me. Let's be clear this is not business stock destined to be dyed and re-sold. This pile is purely the stash I have collected to use in my braiding.
On the upside I have ordered a heap of new kumihimo books so I'm sure to reduce this in the near future.
In the meantime I must not buy anymore.....I must not buy anymore.....I must not......
All these braids have been completed on the disc while travelling backwards and forwards to Cairns.
Now I just need to finish off the ends…or I could just keep braiding.
This post was first published here on 4th December, 2012.
I’ve been quite out of sorts lately. The place I’m staying in Cairns, whilst clean and comfortable, has appalling lighting for a crafter. I’ve been doing quite a bit of embroidery at home but it hasn’t made the suitcase as I’m sure I would go blind if I attempted it.
I’m off again on Tuesday morning so I have spent some time prepping threads for Kumihimo. This I can do with my eyes closed. Should be a much better week.
This post was first published here on 19th November, 2012.
The top secret quilt project is almost finished. Only a few final touches are needed. I plan to make a drawstring bag for the quilt to be stored in so needed a complimentary Kumihimo cord to close it.
This is halfway through the braiding sequence. This is a super easy flat braid.
Late night last night I finished the variations on yesterday’s 4 braids.
These are in the same order, left to right, as the last image. Same braid structures, same colours, different placement of the colours = different patterns. I still have quite a few more braid variations to come but they might have to wait until after the weekend. Off to warp some threads before I start on
This post was first published here on 20th January, 2012.
More variations of the flat braid.
From Left to Right: Crochet Cotton, TrishAlan Designs Silk, Crochet Cotton, Stranded Cotton, Rayon and Fine cotton, Stranded Cotton, Viscose.
This post was first published here on 28th January, 2012.
This is what has been keeping me busy this week.
On night one I braided these 4 basic braids. Tonight I’m hoping to braid 4 variations. They will eventually be used in a project but for the time being they are destined for an altogether different purpose. Patience people. It won’t be long now.
This post was first published here 19th January, 2012.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had visits from some of the kids from the Term 1 class. They had all finished their first ever braid done on the plate. I decided to get them back and show them how to make a headband.
This is Emily, at 11 years old she is the oldest of the group. This is her braid still on the plate. We took them all off and gave them a good steaming to straighten out some of the edges.
In between a dozen other projects I’ve been creating some new Kumihimo Necklaces. While they are not quite finished yet here are some images of their progress. I also decided to play around with another tool in Photoshop for the last 2 images.
These have all been made from my Eco Dyed Threads. I also Eco Dyed the fringing.
I’m in the throes of experimenting with some different closures/finishes for some kumhimo necklaces. While I’m in the experimenting mood I’m also playing around with some new pendant designs to accompanying them.
First job was to warp up some threads. These are some eco dyed threads, very fine cotton, in various shades.