Kumihimo Concepts

As I was looking through a book of beautifully created neckwear, I ran across a piece that looked as though it was made with a kumihimo technique using wire. All the photographs in the book identified the materials used in these pieces but not the technique. While I have been doing wire pieces for a while, I hadn’t done anything using the structure shown. I decided a bracelet would be an interesting piece to try.

After making my bracelet I determined the gauge of wire used in the neckpiece was a bit thinner but for a bracelet, heavier is better. The braid structure appears, however, to be identical. This convinced me that the piece in the book was indeed done using a kumihimo technique. Now my challenge will be to make a bracelet that is wearable. This one will sit on the wrist and, as long as there is no movement, it stays there. Since we all move around, however, that challenge needs to be addressed. Will post my results.

Kumihimo Bangles

Just finished these bangles. Originally they were to be connected to each other with a copper wrap. As it turned out, they were too big for me to do that (they have a very large core inside). To wrap around all three I would have needed to forge a copper wrap about 6 inches long. That was a bit much for my skill level and my equipment. So, I limited myself to a copper wrap on each bangle.

Individually, they work just fine (although the underwrap on one of them could have been a bit wider). These bangles are made with very interesting cotton yarns I got from Habu Textiles.

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While I was cleaning up some of my kumihimo supplies, I came across another bangle that I hadn’t completed. Found some matching yarn for the wrap and finished that. This bangle is made with Gelli yarn (plastic) and wire.

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Great Fun

When placing an order with my suppliers, I like to browse through the available items rather than doing a ‘quick order’ by just entering the item numbers I need. This can sometimes be very dangerous or lead me to new and wonderful things.

As I was placing my C-Lon order, I came across the new neon colors. Well of course I had to get some. I have visions for using them in kumihimo, embroidery, crochet, macrame, etc., etc. (I’m thinking about a project or two I might do).

From Miscellaneous

Don’t you just love the colors? Clockwise, from top left, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Green and Neon Pink. As the other colors, they are just $3.75 for an 83 yard spool. All the colors I have in stock (over 65) can be found on my website – http://www.patpowelldesigns.com.

Between Shows

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(see what a little rain will do. haven’t seen this in bloom since spring)

Taking a few minutes to relax now that I’m between shows. Delivered my wares and helped with check-in for the Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston sale. The sale started today and will continue on through Saturday. Check for details at http://www.weavehouston.org. The items available are fabulous, as usual. The members go all out supplying the sale with their wonderful woven, spun and dyed pieces.

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(it’s fall and the shrimp plant has gone wild, as usual.)

Load in is tomorrow for the Bayou City Bead Works, which begins on Friday. This event is hosted by Houston Bead Society. Schedule and venue details can be found at http://www.houstonbeadsociety.org (along with a discount coupon). There will be lots of goodies there also. The show will continue through Sunday.

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(if you look very closely at the inflorescence in the top center, you’ll see a very large bumble bee hanging off the bottom flower.)

As soon as all these are over, the International Quilt Festival will begin. Although I am no longer an exhibitor, I seem to have found myself scheduled for at least three days of activities. Looking forward to it.

Hopefully, I’ll run into some of you during the next 10 days.

More for CHH Sale

From CHH Sale 2013

Another braid for the sale. Have a couple more but you’ll have to go to the sale to see them.

From CHH Sale 2013


Did some loomwork with beads this year. They were great fun to do

Don’t forget – Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale. October 23 – 26, 2013 at Guild House. Check http://www.weavehouston.org for additional details. Hope to see you there

Interwoven V

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Next Saturday is the opening reception for Interwoven V at 18 Hands Gallery. Above are my pieces that were chosen. Please stop by next Saturday and say hi.
18 Hands Gallery

Interwoven V

October 19th-27th, 2013

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 19th
6-9 PM

Participating artists:

Jack Barnhart, Cammie Beierle
 Janet Bodin, Kyla Crawford
 Ginny Eckley, Linn Forsell
 Patricia A. Hinojosa, Nadia Khan
 Sharine Kirchoff, Charlene Kolb
 Leisa McCord, Janice McKeehan
 Bobbe Shapiro Nolan, Pat Powell
 Lauren Salazar, Macarena Smartt,
 Linda J. Thompson, David Vollmer
 Rex Watson, Hope Wilmarth
Geraldine Woodhouse

Enjoy a lovely Saturday evening,
meet many of the artists
and partake in snacks and

18 Hands Gallery
249 W 19th Street
Houston, TX 77008


CHH Sale – Some Braids

From CHH Sale 2013

I have gathered my kumihimo neckpieces for the CHH Sale. Thought I’d share pictures of a couple of them.

From CHH Sale 2013

Posted a picture of this one a couple of weeks ago. This time the color is true.

From CHH Sale 2013

A great piece with a lot of substance yet very lightweight.

Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale. October 23 – 26, 2013 at Guild House. Check http://www.weavehouston.org for hours and directions.