I design … I teach … I create … I craft … I love kumihimo

Tackling the To Do List

After taking a few days off, it’s now time to tidy up my studio and tackle my To Do list. 

I’ll be photographing new products for my shop (Toho beads!) and images for new tutorials and kits. 

  
Soon I’ll be focusing on class prep for two kumihimo classes I’m teaching this Fall semester at Parkland College. Registration is open. Supplies are included in the class fees. If you’re local, come join the fun!

Creatively yours,

Monica

I’m having a fabulous time with my new “Monica’s Pop of Color” series!

My newest tutorial for “Monica’s Pop of Color in Light Teal” is now available!

Some of the beads for this design are a bit hard to find, so I’m offering a bead kit, too. A printed tutorial is included with the kit AND I include a few extra of every type of bead. Nothing is more frustrating than making something from a kit only to find one broken bead has ruined your pattern, right? That won’t happen here.

I’m offering introductory pricing for the instant download tutorial as well as the kit. Prices will change later this month.

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Back to work for me. I have two more tutorials to write and several new designs floating around in my head.

I hope you’re all having a fabulous week!

 

Creatively yours,

Monica

Kumihimo Storage Fun

I don’t get out much* but when I do, I like to pack my precious kumihimo supplies carefully and efficiently. 

Eureka! I found the perfect tama container. Sneakily enough, stores seem to think it’s a refrigerator storage bin. Silly retailers.

The bin holds 8 beading tama, my scientific weights, a chopstick and a split ring. The handles guarantee I don’t drop it. The bins are even stackable if I don’t include the scientific weight. Splendiferous! 

I tried it out yesterday as I packed for a local Craft Bash (gathering of fun, friendly, creative folk) and it worked perfectly. I used another bin for Miscellaneous Important Things. Pretty sweet. 
  
What are your creative kumihimo storage solutions?
Creatively yours,

Monica
* Why? Well, that’s a story for another day.

Liquid Resin Tip

Resin tip: You can use spare beads to support jewelry findings when you need to fill them with liquid resin. 

Some people use rice, which works well, but I’m not fond of the floaty little rice dust that sometimes happens. I prefer to use beads from my “miscellaneous treasures” jar.

  

This is like bead recycling, right? So I’m totally justified in buying more beads, right? Right. I knew it! 

What resin tips do you have?

 
Creatively yours,

Monica

I’m surrounded by loads of kumihimo experiments and unfinished projects. Yay, me!

Everyone has their own workflow, right? I tend to design, assess and rework the kumihimo portion of a piece until I get it done the way I like. 

When I’m writing tutorials, as I am now, I practice and photograph the preparation and braiding processes over and over and over again. Then I have a “finishing party” and attach all the end caps, clasps and such. 

Today is Finishing Party day. Tools are everywhere and I’m making a huge fun mess. 

 Finishing Party with tools and findings
Party on, friends!

 

Creatively yours,

Monica 

Creativity Break

Hi, all! I’m offline for a little while, enjoying a Creativity Break.

  
I hope you’re nurturing your own creativity. 

Be well!

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Social Media & Rebranding

As much as I try, blogging doesn’t come as easily for me as I’d like. I try. Really I do.

I post more consistently on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. If you don’t already follow me on those venues, you probably haven’t seen these designs.

 

I’m happy to announce a bit of a name change. You’ll now start finding me as iLOVEkumihimo on all my social media places 

Let’s connect all over the webosphere, shall we?

like: facebook.com/iLOVEkumihimo
tweet: twitter.com/iLOVEkumihimo
pin: pinterest.com/iLOVEkumihimo
peek: instagram.com/iLOVEkumihimo

 

Creatively yours,

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