I'd like to do more kumihimo but I've found it very hard to buy beads online. The colours don't always look the same and you can't see how they shimmer and shine. What I'm looking forward to is being able to go to craft shows again, where you can see the products in the flesh and find just the right colour.
Here's an example. I bought these beads online when I was buying something else to bring the postage down. What I was looking for was a really bright blue and orange, a combination that I love, but when they arrived they were more pastel than bright.
Now don't get me wrong, I still think they are pretty colours, just not quite what I was after. They still worked well for my dotty pattern (which I created for myself), and another bracelet was born.
However I am also finding it hard to find findings for my bracelets (the catches etc) but found some lovely magnetic catches on Etsy. They took a while to arrive (what with coming all the way from Hong Kong) but have finished it off well.
But now I've found out that although the beading is the same length as my rainbow bracelet which fits perfectly, because the magnetic catch has less give in it, the bracelet is much too tight. But I have learnt something new and will know to add more beads in future if I'm going to use this sort of catch.