Claire Cassan I was born and raised in south of France and graduated from the National Engineering School of Geology of Nancy. I had the opportunity to do two internships in Austin for an American company, and they hired me right after I got my diploma. That's how I ended up living in Houston for 12 happy years, working as a software developper for the oil&gas industry. I came back to south of France in Fall 2011.

During my stay in Texas I met great people and discovered many different crafts. One of them is gourd crafting. I discovered this one during a trip to Hawaii, in a local art exhibit, and joined the South East Texas Gourd Patch . Later on I dived into Japanese crafts and fell in love with Kumihimo and Temari.

My work is largely influenced by my love for the Japanese culture. Another strong influence is my best friend Clara Willibey, who always pushes me to do more!

My personal drive in craft is the learning experience. I have a large collection of craft books that keeps growing and I also enjoy teaching. I opened my workshop in Bénéjacq in 2019 where I teach Kumihimo and Temari.

Articles about my work


France Bleu Bèarn Interview:


  • Aiguille en Fête
  • Gathering Threads annual publication:
  • Braids 2019, in Iga, Japan:



I maintain several Free Tutorials and a list of my books and suppliers. I have also gathered several of my favorite recipes for you to try.

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