One of the elements of my personality is a slightly obsessive tendency. This is something that probably rings true for many artists and creative types. When I immerse myself in a project I find it hard to turn it off. Recently my dear friend Debi hosted a girls creative weekend at her home. There was wonderful wine and food and of course we immerse ourselves in a creative project! The theme of this weekend was Kumihimo braiding. I had learned to do kumihimo a few years ago while exhibiting at a bead show. My friend Anne Dilker of Moss Hollow Pottery showed me the "ropes" and I created quite a few braids to use in my jewelry designs. My kumihimo boards have been stashed away for a couple of years so our creative weekend was a great time to dust them off and share my experience with Debi and Charlene. During the weekend I created a simple braid and when I returned home set up a few more braids to keep the momentum going. When I chose a special bead from my stash to use in the blog challenge my mind quickly went to the little stash of Stillpointworks polymer pods. I have been hoarding them for quite some time and have always been fascinated with the minute detail, color, texture and aesthetic of Claire's work. I deliberated carefully over my selection and began creating three braids inspired by Claire's tiny little pod :) So, here is the result! Since it is summertime I wanted to make a special layered anklet with just a few dangling elements to keep everything lightweight. The three kumi cords are woven from pearl cotton and have turquoise closures with sweet little tassels.

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07/20/2013 13:58

Beautiful necklace - I love your kumi ropes and they showcase that focal perfectly.

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07/21/2013 19:05

The pod is nothing like I imagined as I was reading. I was actually surprised at how comfortable it looks. I think I may have to try my hand at kumihimo one of these days.

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07/23/2013 15:42

Oh, how fun! I have been absolutely loving kumihimo recently, and I think your ropes accent your focal perfectly! Wonderful work! :)

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07/27/2013 00:46

Have dabbled in Iumihimo but nothing as fantastic as yours. It does that focal great justice.

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