New ideas and features coming

This week I am going to talk about some plans I have for both my Youtube channel and my website for the near future and upcoming things, and I would love to get some feedback on them. 

I am going to start out with some plans I have for my Youtube channel. I am planning on making a series of short videos with wire weaves, where I show how to do a specific wire weave in each video and it will be an ongoing series that I will be posting videos to every now and then in between my regular tutorials. I have also been thinking of another video series that I have been wanting to do for a while. Music is and always has been a very big part of my life, but it isn’t something I have brought into my jewellery making very much. So that is something I have really been wanting to do. To make different designs within different mediums that are music related. I already have a few ideas, but I would love to get some feedback on the interest for tutorials like this and also any suggestions or requests for design ideas that you might have. 

The next thing I want to talk about is my website. I have recently been expanding the features on my website by adding some free tutorials in picture and written form. So far I have focused on kumihimo tutorials, but I am planning to also start adding tutorials for macrame and wirework to my website. I plan on starting this within the next month or two and continue to add new tutorials over time. I am also planning on creating more kits that will be available for purchase like my current ‘Rainbow beaded kumihimo kit’, and this will also be within different mediums. Among these I am planning on making a kumihimo starter kit that will include all the things you will need to get started with kumihimo and beaded kumihimo and that will also be ready within the next month or two. 

I hope that you are as excited about these plans and ideas as me, and I can’t wait to bring them to you. And please feel free to give me some feedback on the ideas and let me know if you have any suggestions or requests for music related designs.

New feature on my Website

This week I want to talk about a new feature I will be adding to my Website soon. I have several video tutorials on my Youtube channel showing different kumihimo braid patterns using cord. Some of these are well-known ones like heart patterns and flower patterns and others like watermelon patterns or cupcake patterns.

I will be adding a new feature to my website where I will post kumihimo braid patterns like these in picture form, so they are easily referred back to and also because some people prefer pictures rather than videos to learn from, so this will hopefully help everyone. I will also continue to add to this catalogue of kumihimo braid patterns over time as I create and discover new patterns. So look out for this new feature on my website coming shortly.

Where I buy my wire

I get many questions asking me what wire I use in my tutorials, and where I buy them, so I thought I would address that question with this blogpost and accompanying video you can find using the following link:

 

Where I buy my wire

In the video you will find that I go into more depth about the wire itself, and what I use the different gauges for, to help anyone who might be starting out. It can give you a better idea of what the different gauges of wire is normally used for. 

The place where I buy my wire is:

Jewellery Maker

And if you’re a new customer and use this code when you first order, you will get £10 credit on your account after your first order, which is always a nice bonus.

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I find that the quality of the wire is great and I especially like that you can buy it on large reels of 50m each. That is very helpful when you are someone that uses a lot of wire. You don’t have to worry about running out in the middle of a project as much as if you have smaller reels of wire available to you.

So I hope that was helpful, and answered any questions about where I buy my wire and what kind of wire it is.

Instagram

This week I want to share with you that I have started an Instagram account and am planning on using this account to share new pieces of jewellery and accessories that I have made, experiments, and also to see possible interest in a tutorial for certain pieces. 

 

You can find me on Instagram under the name csldesigns if you are interested in following me and seeing what I am up to. 

 

I have already posted my first picture of a recent bracelet I made for a family members birthday and I am planning on making a tutorial for this. So if you want to stay up to date, then head over to Instagram and follow me for future updates.

Beaded kumihimo Christmas wreath bracelet

You want to start out your kumihimo braid by doing a section of braid just using the cord, before you start adding in the beads. We will need this section of 1-2cm when we finish off the bracelet at the end. The setup of your cords on the disc are shown in the picture below. It is a regular 8 strand round braid, and instructions for this braid can be found through the following link:

Basic 8 strand kumihimo braid

The next step is to add your beads to all your lengths of cord, and the picture below shows the pattern the beads need to be added in. The next cords that are due to be used are number 24 to be brought down and then number eight to bring up. You will want to add the beads in this way to achieve the final look of the braid. Once you have then added your beads you will need to start incorporating them into your braid. For directions on how to add long magatama beads to your braid, please see the following link:

How to add long magatamas to a kumihimo braid

Once you have then added your beads into your braid until you have reached your desired length, you then continue your braid without beads to repeat the small section of braid like you did in the beginning. 

You have now finished your beaded kumihimo Christmas wreath bracelet, and it should look something like this. A perfect design for a piece of Christmas jewellery.

One Year on Youtube

This week I want to share a milestone with you. Yesterday was my one year anniversary on my Youtube channel, and it has been a very exciting and surprising year. I am very pleased and grateful with the growth and success my Youtube channel has had in the last year, and I am hoping for continuous growth in the future, so I can keep doing what I love doing. 

In the year that has passed I have uploaded 101 tutorials to my channel ranging between macrame, micro macrame, wirework and kumihimo tutorials, and I plan to continue to create tutorials within these mediums but also to expand into other mediums over time. 

The year in numbers:

Since beginning my Youtube channel a year ago I am well on my way towards gaining 20,000 subscribers, for which I am very happy, grateful and surprised about. That is a lot of people who have chosen to subscribe to my channel and follow my tutorials.

In total all my videos have accumulated a total number of views of well over 1,100,000 and that number is just so unbelievable. To think that my videos have been viewed over 1 million times is amazing and that I have hopefully helped inspire many people to be creative and do something they love. This really means a lot to me and makes it all worth it, as that is my main goal.

So I would just like to finish of with saying a big thank you to everyone who as supported me and for all your kind words throughout the past year, and hopefully there much more to come.