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Guest Speaker

This month I am giving a talk on Kumihimo to a large group. The following is what they said about me in their newsletter.

The colors in this necklace will look different in various lights. Even the stone will look different

The colors in this necklace will look different in various lights. Even the stone will look different

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.


Gothic Wonder

Kumihimo with leaves

Kumihimo with leaves

I have not posted much about my jewelry lately, but here is an example of a necklace that I am just completing. It is kumihimo with a few extras. It may look like a simple necklace with leaves, but it takes a lot of patience and skill to position all the different colors correctly. Not to mention the skill needed to add the “leaf”.  My husband looked at it and said “goth”. Therefore, the title. Please look at for a wide variety of jewelry – rosaries, rosary bracklets, ying/yang and more.

Artist of the Month

I subscribe to a number of email lists, newsletters etc. This month, I was chosen as artist of the month on  Kumihimo Patterns, Tips, New Stuff – August 2014. The website is here  I have taken several classes from Karen and she is a great teacher. I am honored to be chosen.  The article follows

“I first met Kathy (and her husband Mike) when they travelled to Truckee for the Carol Miller Franklin Kumihimo Workshop that I hosted last summer. Kathy then joined another of our events and came to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the Knitting Basket Knitting and Kumihimo Retreat (February 2014). She will also be joining us on our upcoming (March 2015) Knitting Basket Knitting and Kumihimo Retreat to Guatemala (Guatemala City, Antigua and Lake Atitlan).

“Kathy does beautiful work and sells her jewelry on her Etsy site “Lucky Sammy”. In addition to her Kumihimo, she also does alot of other gorgeous beadwork! You should check out her beaded collars.

These are the bracelets I made recently.

These are the bracelets I made recently.

“Pictured here are her adaptations of the Kumihimo Corkscrew Bracelet (a class I taught in San Miguel de Allende). She has used a variety of fibers with great colors and textures and has embellished her bracelets with large hole beads and charms. Really nice Kathy!”

Please go to LuckySammyJewelry to view my work.




spamThis is a post by the artisan’s husband. One of the many great gifts I received was a case of SPAM. Thank you Patti. And since I am here, I will show you a unique gift at a ladybug Watch.

LadyBug Watch

Carnelian Beads and Clasp

Hand Crafted

Hand Crafted

Kumihimo is the Japanese form of braid making. The most prominent historical use of the cords was by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their and their horses’ armor. Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on jackets and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi or kimono sash. They also make beautiful necklaces.

The 8-cord beaded braid is made from round carnelian beads and features a beautiful clasp featuring two decorative leaf shapes. The necklace is 30 inches long and the findings are gold plated metal. The glass end caps are from Sonoran Beads. Buy this at Lucky Sammy Jewelry

Why I design and make jewelry.

The colors in this necklace will look different in various lights. Even the stone will look different

The colors in this necklace will look different in various lights. Even the stone will look different

I make jewelry for the enjoyment of making things. I enjoy putting colors together and seeing how they interact. It is not just the color, it is the interaction of the different stones, beads, and even thread. Light has a big part in my design choices. The color of the material often looks radically different in different lights. Something that sparkles lightly in the sunlight may not sparkle at all at night.  I am currently working on a necklace that has blue and pink.  In the daylight the different hues of blue and pink go together, but when florescent or incandescent light hits it.  I am not sure. At least I know that if it does not work, I will be taking it all apart. This is totally different than when I miscalculate the material I need; run short and then cannot find additional material.  I use a lot of designs that I buy and some I design. It is interesting that the same design made with different colors and materials can look totally different. I am also inspired by the teachers I have had. One of my favorite makes Russian Jewelry, she has won awards for her designs and her jewelry.  I strive to be as good as her. My husband photographs my pieces for Etsy. We strive to show the jewelry as it will look when you wear it. On some pieces, he will spend days making sure the photo accurately represents the piece. Thank you for reading LuckySammyJewelry.

I am Back!

Some people have been wondering where I have been. I have not posted in a long time.

Earlier this year, I fell down and broke bones in my hand. I had surgery and developed complicating which I still experience.

One of my complications was RSD. Never heard of it? Either did I. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), RSD is “a chronic pain condition that is believed to be the result of dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems.” According to MedicineNet, RSD involves “irritation and abnormal excitation of nervous tissue, leading to abnormal impulses along nerves that affect blood vessels and skin.”  Translated to English this means, touch my hand, I get severe pain.  Even blow on my hand, and I am in trouble. It is a lot less severe, but I am still dealing with it. After many x-rays and cat-scans they also discovered another broken bone. Did you know finding broken bones in the hand is an art, not a science?
But, I am back, still walking, and talking, and making jewelry.


Kumihimo necklace.

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