Looking Back

Hemp Kumihimo no.1 Hemp Kumihimo WiP

Over the last week or two I've been digging around. This summer has me in an experimental mood, and I wanted to do something I haven't done in a while. After picking up Jacqui Carey's Japanese Braiding: The Art of Kumihimo at the library I remembered all those hemp necklaces I used to make. So I decided to go for it, working a three strand split weave with these painted porcelain beads.

Carnelian Darks & Naturals

While digging for the beads, I found these carnelian rounds and oblongs. I honestly don't remember where I got these, but they don't seem to have been graded. There are some great quality pieces in here with perfect color/opacity contrasts, yet they were strung together with some lower quality ones. I isolated the rounds to make these two necklaces, using the oblongs for the backs. I didn't string the rest of the oblongs though, prefering the fruit-like brightness of these irregular rounds. They remind me of pomegranate seeds and giant orange cells.

These make me glad that I save things. These are materials and techniques I was using over fifteen years ago.


  1. you still got it jerome. love those carnelians too. a treasured piece of mine is your woven jade peacock necklace, from about that long ago. ...beautiful weaving hands : )

  2. Oh dude... I'm glad you still have that. I wonder if D still has his boar tusk... Those were among the first I ever made for other people.