The above bracelet and necklace are not complete. Attaching the ends is not to be taken lightly. This is the part of the jewelry which will get the most wear. I spend a lot of time attaching the ends. I just thought you might be interested in see some works in progress. The bracelet on top is from a masters class I took this summer in Milwaukee. The necklace below the bracelet is from a “kit”. Occasionally, I use kits to learn new techniques quickly. Many people sell kits. They come complete with design and materials. To use a design of a necklace, you must either pay the creator or obtain permission from the original designer. Typically, when you take a class you obtain the right to use the design for what you are making in class and you can negotiate to use the design multiple times. Some designers will allow you to use their design as often as you want as long as you give them credit for the design. It can sometimes be difficult to be assured of the original designer since a few people copy designs and then sell them as their own. You can be assured that LuckySammy.Etsy.Com will only use designs that have been purchased or have permission granted.
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I recently went to Guatemala and took a class on kumihimo braiding. I am also getting ready to take another class in kumihimo using the marudai. (from a Master). My goal is to become extremely efficient on the marudai. So, the above picture are braids I made to practice. I am sending them to a relative in Alaska.
One of the necklaces I made previously is:
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.
Three rayon satin braids pick up the gold, green, blue and black colors in the diamond-shaped dichroic glass pendant. Although each braid is a different pattern, the three go together beautifully and form a lovely necklace. The necklace is adjustable from 17 to 20 1/2 inches in length and the findings are silver. This item can be found at LuckySammy.etsy.com
This is a great book which was recommended to me by another blogger. The author Jonas Jonasson is a Swedish journalist turned author. The book reminds me of Monty Python and the british TV show Fawlty Towers. It is not like them really, but the book brings them to mind. The book is about a 100 year old man who climbs out of the window on his 100 birthday. The books in a way is two books. First there are the adventures which happen after he climbs out the window of his senior residence. And every other chapter is a flash back in time that Allan (the star of the book) has experienced. See how the atom bomb becomes connected to Stalin to the Chinese Communists and more. All because Allan like to drink vodka and not work. It all ties together in a very dry satire. The paperback version of the book is 450 pages, but it is a quick read and you will not be able to put it down. As always consider LuckySammyJewelry.
Obviously, the photos have nothing to do with the book. But with Spring in the air, it is a good time to think of garden bugs we all love. Legends vary about how the Ladybug came to be named, but the most common (and enduring) is this: In Europe, during the Middle Ages, swarms of insects were destroying the crops. The farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon thereafter the Ladybugs came, devouring the plant-destroying pests and saving the crops! The farmers called these beautiful insects “The Beetles of Our Lady”, and – over time – they eventually became popularly known as “Lady Beetles”. The red wings were said to represent the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots were symbolic of both her joys and her sorrows.
Sometimes I find it inconvenient to take out my cell phone to see what the time is. I don’t like wearing wrIst watches, so I enjoy pendant watches. I saw these cute ladybug pendant watches and decided that they would be perfect on a kumihimo cord. The watch face is revealed when you move the levers on the top of the watch. The black and red rayon cord is 33 1/2 inches (the length is necessary so that you can see the clock face). The findings are black. The back of the watch is stainless steel.
For some reason, I love making Kumihimo necklaces, but recently i am off on another tangent. I have been sewing making clothes and I am also in the midst of making a quilt. Since the holiday season is fast approaching my mind has also been busy on thoughts of making nut roll, poppy seed roll, etc.(I guess this is my Slovak/Ukrainian background). There just are not enough hours in a day. I am fortunate to have an understanding husband. (well mostly understanding). We live in a smaller townhouse. The downstairs is essentially a large living/dining area with the kitchen and one bedroom off to one side. Currently, the downstairs is filled with sewing. I have not forgotten my jewelry. Above is a non-kumihimo necklace. Thanks for visiting and have a great day. Please remember LuckySammyJewelry.
I bought the beads in this necklace in Luxembourg. It is a simple necklace but the feel of the beads and their almost translucent nature make me feel good. For some reason, I love to touch the necklace and look at it. It stimulates my senses and at the same time gives me peace of mind. When I saw the beads for sale, they did not seem to be anything special, except I loved the color. They were for sale in a small shop; I was not even looking for beads, but there they were. As I was making the necklace, I started to become attached to their color and the feel of the beads in my hands. It happens that way sometimes when I am making a necklace. It is almost like meditating. I become lost in the beads, in their color, in there feel. It is a very pleasant experience. It is serene and peaceful. Now when I look at the necklace, I recall the experience of making it and I feel good. Have a good day and remember LuckySammyJewelry.