Saturday, 28 April 2012

Blossoms, braids and embroidery

These remind me of cherry blossom

Loads of cherry blossom along my favourite walk. I’ve found some freshwater pearls in shades of peridot, rose, olive and champagne, to match with the colours I saw blossoming in the hedgerows this morning.  We have some lovely grape hyacinths in the garden just now so I’m inspired to make a kumihimo braid in spring colours. I need to do something completely different for a few days before I start another bead embroidered piece. I’m spending a few days hand painting silk habotai which I will cut into strips to make my own silk ribbon. Once painted I’m embellishing them with threads and tiny beads.
Spring colours to include in the new braid
Then I'll weave them into pretty braids using my Marudai. I’ll use 37 gram tama (bobbins) instead of the 70 gram ones I normally use as this will keep the braids soft. I want these to hold their circlet shape, so I will braid in some strands of bead and wire crochet. It should be fun and interesting.  Judging by the number of hits I’m getting on my You Tube video there are loads of you who are interested in kumihimo techniques. I’ll take photos as I go, so that you can see mine progressing step-by-step.  
My sketches of spirals. My excuse to buy cakes!

Ideas come from all kinds of unexpected places. Looking for patterns and shapes turns a trip to the supermarket into a journey of discovery – and gives a good excuse to buy cakes! I was fascinated by the swirly patterns on the top of shiny, sticky Chelsea buns. I think that if I were ever marooned on a desert island and had to choose one craft related thing it would have to be a sketchbook. I’m keeping a folder of sketches of interesting shapes and textures, they can often spark ideas for bead embroidery.
Talking of which - Clarice is close to being done, just the button and loop closure to do. Its a rounded rectangle shape, so it will be secure when fastened.

Almost done - making the handmade clasp

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