Take a Sneak Peak at the June Virtual Gathering Classes

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      Creative Kumihimo: The Grid System

      Jacqui Carey

      Jacqui discusses the “infinite number of pattern possibilities” available in Kumihimo and how you can explore them using her Grid System.

      Exploring Shima Gumi

      Carolyn Haushalter

      Take this opportunity to see the three pieces of jewelry Carolyn has made using her newly developed Japanese-style braid Shima Gumi.

      Outside the Box: Saying It with Braids

      Lyn Christiansen

      Lyn discusses in detail the approach she will use in this class to help you explore your creativity.

      Cascading Dangles

      Aasia Hamid

      See up close the Cascading Dangles necklace designed and created by Aasia. This project is available in two color ways, Cool Gray and Multi-Color.

      Welcome to the American Kumihimo Society Website

      AKS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization striving to deepen the appreciation of braiding and encourage creativity by providing educational resources, support and connections for the braiding community worldwide. We invite braid enthusiasts of all skill levels to join us.

      Benefits of Joining AKS

      Supporting Member

      $5000Annually
      • Access to the worldwide Kumihimo community, resources and news
      • Educational conferences (Gatherings) both in-person and virtual
      • Purchase goods from the AKS store
      • Online, self-paced classes; a combination of written instruction, videos and interactive forums. Click here for current offerings
      • Early registration for conferences (Gatherings)
      • Gathering Threads, the annual AKS journal (mailed to AKS members) articles and projects by kumihimo experts
      • Education scholarships
      • Instructional techniques & tips for beginner to advanced braiders
      • Contests and exhibitions to challenge and inspire
      • Forums to share ideas, photos and ask questions of fellow members
      • Braid exchanges to connect with other braiders

      Guest Access

      Free
      • Access to the worldwide Kumihimo community, resources and news
      • Educational conferences (Gatherings) both in-person and virtual
      • Purchase goods from the AKS store
      • Online, self-paced classes; a combination of written instruction, videos and interactive forums. Click here for current offerings
      • Early registration for conferences (Gatherings)
      • Gathering Threads, the annual AKS journal (mailed to AKS members) articles and projects by kumihimo experts
      • Education scholarships Turn on screen reader support
      • Instructional techniques & tips for beginner to advanced braiders
      • Contests and exhibitions to challenge and inspire
      • Forums to share ideas, photos and ask questions of fellow members
      • Braid exchanges to connect with other braiders