This month I am giving a talk on Kumihimo to a large group. The following is what they said about me in their newsletter.
Kathy, is an expert at kumihimo, a Japanese form of braid making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumihimo is Japanese for “gathered threads”. Kathy grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and learned the joy that comes from making things at a very early age. Throughout her life she has sewn, quilted, embroidered, cooked, bakedand done needlepoint. After retiring from her career in higher education, she started taking classes to find a new passion; attended the Tucson Gem and Mineral Showand became fascinated with jewelry making. Kathy enjoys learning new, challenging techniques and after her first class experience with kumihimo, she was hooked. She enjoys braiding fibers such as silk, cotton, rayon and nylon; but her real passion is beaded k u m i h i m o, creating beaded jewelry using kumihimo techniques. Kathy has been fortunate to study with some of the leading kumihimo experts in the world such as Carol Miller Franklin, Adrianne Gaskell, Rodrick Owen, Karen Huntoon and Rebecca Combs. Kathy has sold her creations in galleries and has an ETSY shop called LuckySammy.Etsy.Com.