This week has been one of those which I thought was going to be fairly quiet but actually turned out to be quite busy. Good busy that is. I have found a new obsession. Kumihimo. Kimihimo is a Japanese art that is used to make silk bands that they tie around their tunics. It is very similar to friendship bracelets if you have ever tried that. I made this one that has beads added in as an extra:
When I saw the examples I have to say that I thought it looked as if it was going to be very complicated. Happily I was wrong. It honestly is not that complicated (I learnt in a couple of hours) and I have already plans for many more to be made. One of the reasons that I like it is because most of the jewellery that I have been making so far is not portable like knitting and crochet. This however is. Once you have the beads threaded on then you are able to get on with it, wherever you like. It is also fairly quick. I do have one dilemma with it: it is very similar to the beaded crochet ropes that I have made in the past. I love making these a lot but feel as if I am being somewhat unfaithful to the crochet.
I think that you will agree that the first and last pictures are almost identical in structure. So where does that leave me? Should I stay true to beaded crochet or allow myself to go with kumihimo?
To help me (or you) to decide I have done a comparison between the two:
Kumihimo Beaded Crochet Ropes
You have to decide on the length of thread to cut before you start. Is done on one length of thread so you work from the reel.
You can move beads around when you have started. You have to get it right from the start. No re-beading is possible
Fairly portable. Very portable
Less fine work involved – you move the threads with your hands You have to pick up small loops with a fine crochet hook
I suspect this is quicker than beaded crochet ropes
So what do you think? Maybe I should just go with whatever takes my fancy at the time and I am making a big deal out of nothing?
As always, on a Sunday, I am about to head over to Handmade Harbour to catch up with all the other talented blogs. Do come and have a look too 🙂
I hope you all have a great week and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my dilemma 🙂