Quick Announcement

Kumihimo has become a very popular class at my local yarn shop. I just taught my second class for beginning Kumihimo and it was full. That is two full classes and more students are eager to learn. I need to put together a class that involves beads as that seems to be what my students are interested in learning. So I need to get cracking and put together a class.

If you are interested in finding out when I schedule the next Kumihimo beginner class or any of the the more advanced classes, please sign up for my newsletter and you will receive notice when the classes are scheduled.

I have been working on stock for my Etsy shop. I have added two new listings for stitch markers. I am working on a new pattern as well, but that is far from ready. If you are in the Kalamazoo area and are interested in any of my physical listings on Etsy, please convo me and we can set up personal delivery instead of shipping.

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Keep creating!

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Kumi . . . what?

Is there a support group for those addicted to the fiber arts? I’m thinking that I may need help. I can’t stop. It seems that I have to try everything, even if it is only remotely fiber related. I think I may be sick.

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My latest obsession has been Kumihimo. Kumi . . . what?? Kumihimo. An ancient Japanese form of braiding. Samurai warriors would braid many strands of silk to tie the sections of their armor together. There are so many patterns to braid and so many fibers available, that you couldn’t possibly get bored. Playing with colors, flat and round braids, and then adding beads. The possibilities are endless.

Braiding becomes most zen-like. It is rhythmic and calming. Once you master the basic movements, you can put your hands on autopilot and let your mind wander. It becomes very meditative and peaceful. And who couldn’t use a little peace in their lives?

I have been playing a lot with different fibers and beads lately. I want to start mixing fibers, not only fiber content, but different weights of fibers as well to see how the braids turn out. Experimenting is so much fun! I am currently working with beads which slows down the process, but makes stunning pieces.

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I also braided a long braid using a thin hemp. I then cut it into two smaller pieces and tied them to a small focal piece with lark head knots, capped the ends and added a clasp. I wear this bracelet almost everyday.

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If you live in the Kalamazoo area and are interested in learning how to make these awesome braids that you can finish into jewelry, bag handles, trims, lanyards, keychains, and lots of other things, I am offering a class this month on Monday, Sept. 26th from 6-8pm. There are only a few spots left so you need to sign up soon. Contact Stitching Memories to sign up!

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Excited and Nervous

I can’t believe that it’s time for my Kumihimo class already. This class filled right up and there has been so much interest that I will be offering it again this fall. I’m going to have to start thinking about my fall classes too. The summer is going by way too fast.

IMG_20160710_131423I spent the better part of today polishing up my handout for the class. I wanted to have something for my students to take notes on as well as have the instructions so they can continue braiding when they get home. Writing, rewriting, taking pictures, editing the pictures, getting the layout to look decent . . . I’m exhausted. But I am quite happy with how it turned out. I could really use a nap right now but I just don’t have the time. Buddy on the other hand, napped the whole time I wasIMG_20160710_131119 working. Oh to live the life of a cat!

I am really excited to teach this class tomorrow night, but I am really nervous at the same time. I’m always nervous the first time I teach a class. This is something new and I’m always worried that I will have forgotten something or will confuse my students. I feel prepared, but there is always that little voice of doubt in the back of my mind. Do you think I could shut it up with some cookies?

And lest you think my weekend has been full of class prep, let me tell you what else I’ve been up to. I was gifted some lovely bits of sock yarn on Thursday, so I have been adding squares to my sock yarn blanket. This has been a 10 year project, but I had no timeline for it. The blanket is growing and part of me can’t wait for it to be done. Maybe it will be my go to project this winter.

I have also been working on knitting up a model for my Band Heel class. Right now there are no students signed up (though there has been some interest). So I’m hoping that a model in the shop will get people to sign up. If it doesn’t go this summer, I may try again in the fall. It’s a really fun heel and I like that there is no decreasing for the gusset. As a bonus, the sock we’ll be knitting has a toe that does not need to be grafted. Kick that Kitchener stitch to the curb!

Hubby is prepping steaks to throw on the grill for dinner along with some potatoes and broccoli. After that, I think I will spend a little time with my sewing machine and whip up a cute little bag to put my Kumihimo supplies in. Hopefully it won’t take me all night to get it done.

Never stop creating!

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There’s a Spring In My Step & In the Air

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Spring has definitely “sprung” here in SW Michigan. In fact, we’ve had several days where it has felt like the middle of summer. Who knew we would have to run the A/C in May? I have been enjoying this spring much more than I have any spring in the last 9 or 10 years. Without going into a lot of details, I have finally been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Basically my body sees my thyroid as an intruder and is producing antibodies to get rid of the invader. I have now been on treatment for almost a month and a half (including going gluten-fhostasree) and I am already feeling better. I have much more energy than I have had in years and it has been wonderful to get outside and do yard work again. My flowers are blooming and my hostas are threatening to take over the world yard.

Despite having quite a bit of pain in my right wrist, I have been busy crafting. I have done some stitching and crocheting while taking breaks from knitting. I have also been playing around with a new-to-me craft called Kumihimo braiding. This technique is quite easy to learn, gives quick results and is very fun to do. I have been having so much fun doing it, that I will be teaching a class on it at my LYS. If you are in the Kalamazoo area, contact KumihimoStitching Memories to sign up.

New this spring, I will also be offering a drop in knitting/crocheting class on Thursday afternoons from 2-4, beginning this Thursday, June 2. There are no specific projects for this class. If you have a project you need assistance with or you need help starting a new project, this is the class for you. I will also be available to teach new knitters/crocheters. If you have taken a class from me in the past and need help completing the project, this is the perfect opportunity to get my help.

I am also teaching  a class to make this stylish hemp/linen ponchette. It will be a 2 week class with lots of time for knitting in between. Every time I wear this piece, I always receive lots of compliments. It is a great addition to your spring/fall wardrobe and can also be used to shield your shoulders from the A/C. Again, contact Stitching Memories to sign up and purchase your supplies. (You receive a 10% discount on all class supplies!) Hope to see you in class!

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