October 20-21 & 27-28 - OSAT Open Studios Art Tour 2018 - LOCAL SHOW- Save the dates. Plan your visit to Chico Area Artists Studio. Visit artists in their studios in the Chico Area. Our studio and online store will be open to the public both weekend. Showing finished jewelry, DIY kits & supplies. Demos of Cavandoli Knotting, Turkish Flat Beads Crochet, Kumihimo and more.
November 9-10-11 - The Whole Bead Show -replaces BABE Bay Area bead Extravaganza -Marriott Oakland City Center. Oakland City Center Convention Center. Oakland CA. Showing jewelry, DIY kits & supplies. Booth 218 > Whole Bead Show
Feb 22-23-24 - Stitches West 2019 - Santa Clara Convention Center, Great America Parkway. Santa Clara, CA. Showing jewelry, DIY kits & supplies. > Stitches West
Sept 14 - New Bead Cluster Kumihimo Kits - New PDF Instructions
Make a bracelet and a necklace with fiber segments and bead clusters, a 'best of both world' kumihimo design. The instructions have just been completely re-written, re-thought, and now come with new design options. The step by step instructions with over 40 pictures make this project easy.
Hey, this is exciting, I found a new supplier and master dyer of this rayon knit ribbon. My previous supplier closed their business a while ago, so this is really great news.
This is the ribbon used for the Kumihimo Bead Cluster Bracelet & Necklace Kit. It can of course be used for knitting and crochet. It is the yarn recommended for the 'Twilight" knitted necklace in Betsy Bead, the book by Betsy Hershberg.
May 25 - New Metallic Braided Nylon Cord + Free DIY Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial
Crochet with this cord available in Metallic Copper, Gold and Silver... These bracelets are made with Miyuki Seed Beads Size 6 and Metal Shank Buttons. The cord, bead and button kits have enough materials to make 2 bracelets. > Metallic Braided Nylon Cord or go to blog post > Crochet Bracelet Tutorial
May 17 - New Metallic Braided Nylon Cord + Free DIY Celtic Knotted Bracelet Tutorial
Just in. 0.9mm Metallic Braided Nylon Cord, available in Metallic Silver, Metallic Copper, and Metallic Gold. This cord is strong, and it can be knotted, braided, added to kumihimo as a metallic accent, its ends can be melted. It can be washed, it dries quickly... and it can be knotted into these New Celtic Bracelets. > Metallic Braided Nylon Cord or go to blog post > Celtic Bracelet Tutorial
May 1 - New Kits and Tutorials - Kumihimo Bracelet & Tassel with Gemstone Chip Beads
This brand new kit and tutorial for bracelet with a button and loop, and a tassel made with leftover beads is offered in two gemstone chip bead selections: Larimar and Amethyst. Larimar is a gemstone found only in the Dominican Republic that has a sky blue turquoise color reminiscent of a day on the beach. Amethyst was added in honor of Ultra Violet the Pantone Color of the Year. Find out more about these kits here. > Larimar & Amethyst Bracelet and Tassel Kit and Tutorial
This new kit was inspired by strands of Larimar I bought at the very last BABE, the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza last November. It improve on the a button and loop design with a solution I have not seen elsewhere. I made some of the samples on the beach in Mexico in February on a short getaway. My temporary studio had this great view. Back in my Chico studio, I realized the tassel could easily be turned into beautiful neckpiece with the addition a 3-ply cord and it led to a full update of the Cord Making Tutorial and Tool Set. See all about these here below. - Marion
May 1 - Cord Making Tutorial + 3 Projects+ 3 Projects
2-ply, 3-ply and 3-ply cord making just got a major updates. The tutorial now includes 3 projects and some brand new techniques well worth learning about. The tutorial can be bought by itself or with the tool set. > Cord Making Tutorial & Tool Set + 3 Projects
At some point I discovered that I would never be able to buy ready made cords that would match what I was doing in micro macrame and other techniques with bonded nylon and silk, so I decided that to learn how to make my own cords. I then went on to learn how to make 3-ply cords and hand braided cords. I am still learning techniques along the way and just had a real breakthrough with these cable bracelets shown here. And I feel I have just scratched the surface as to possibilities! - Marion
April 14 - New Colors and More Variegated 100% Nylon Ribbon
All the colors have been added, and while we did that we found some extra cards that had never been added in due to their limited quantities available. Wow, now 46 solid and variegated colors are available.
April 7 - Just Added - New Finding Collections : Dots, Crystals, Stainless and Antique Silver Tubes
Finding the right clasp for kumihimo projects is often difficult. Planning ahead is the best way to go as the clasp needs to be part of the design process right from the beginning, not an afterthought, so check out our new clasps and get instructions on the best way to attach the clasps to braid and cords HERE.
I just ordered a bunch of clasps and had to return many. Some had technical problems such as components that did not match... Others were simply ugly. The ones I kept are keepers! - Marion
The Dot Collection from the EU has 5mm round inside diameter clasps, plus 5mm sliders in three metal finishes, antique silver, antique copper and antique brass, plus one 8mm clasp in antique silver.
The Crystal Collection is from Thailand. All these clasp are EU compliant which means the are nickel-free in addition to lead-free. Unfortunately right after I received the new crystal ones, they got discontinued... so get some while they are still available. > Dots and Crystals
Click on these images to see how these clasps open...
Check out new stainless steel, antique silver, and zinc tube clasps. The zinc ones are plated with 99% silver... Plus the 12mm barrel now come in two addition The 12mm inside diameter barrel clasp now comes in two additional finishes, antique brass and antique copper. > More Magnetic End Clasps
April 7 - New Colors and More Variegated 100% Nylon Ribbon
We just received a large box full of 100% Nylon Ribbon. A few skeins already have been photographed and transferred to cards. Check out the new colors and keep visiting as we add more colors in. I will let you know when this batch has been fully added. I also have a new kumihimo neckpiece project in the works with this nylon. We will keep you posted on all fronts.
March 21 - Just Added - 9 Kumihimo Kits Limited Quantities Available
We just found 2 skeins hidden away in a drawer. This hand dyed rayon ribbon with metallic accent is no longer available. We made these kits with a double skein length, so you will be able to make a super long braided necklace with this kit. One of my customer send me a picture of a double braided neckpiece she made with this kit. It is gorgeous. Making a necklace and bracelet os also a possibility.
March 13 - Just Added - More Buttons I keep collecting more buttons... A NEW tag is marked by their names.
Buttons, flowers, heraldic medallions, filigree, gold & glitter, butterflies, hearts...
perfect for leather wrap, kumihimo, and crochet bracelets > Buttons
Cleo got renamed Kumihimo Cleo Cavandoli. She is still Cleo for short. She sits at my desk in the online store when I am working and keep me company. She is a 10 lb. foxy doxy, a triple rescue we adopted January 2013, and she is now the official store mascot. - Marion
Occasionally she sheds a few hair even though she is small and does not have lots of hair. So please forgive her if you find a few in your packaging. Packing tape on boxes wrapped on the floor are most affected even though we vacuum often.