Color Demystifed

Our next Braider's Dozen class is entitled "Color Demystifed". In the class, you will become more confident about selecting exciting color combinations. You will talk like a fine artist and throw around terms like saturation, temperature, and value. You will use your own kumihimo and beading supplies as well as anything in your home, wardrobe, or magazines that will help you make the elements of color theory come alive."

Visit the class info page for full details and to enroll

Small Expressions @ Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
May 26 – Jul 29 all-day

HGA’s Annual Exhibit of Small Scale Works, Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit featuring high quality, contemporary small-scale works. Small Expressions is sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., to showcase small scale works created using fiber techniques in any media, not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction including mounting, framing, or display devices.


Rose Necklace @ Bead & Button Show
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Yin Guang
Create this kumihimo necklace with a pewter rose charm by braiding with beads on a kumihimo disk.
Students will Learn:
How to hold a kumihimo disk; learn the braiding pattern and how to work with wire.
Project completion:
Project will be completed in class
Minimum Age Requirement:
At least 12 years old.
Supplies to Bring:
Beading mat, cutters, foam disk, scissors, task lamp.
Materials in Kit:
1 mm rattail (pre-cut), 6/0 Japanese seed beads, lead and nickel-free pewter rose charm, one set of glue-on end cap clasp.
Kumihimo: Outside the Braid @ Bead & Button Show
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm

Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell

Learn innovational techniques where elements literally emerge from the braid. Designs will include techniques using the 2-drop kongoh beaded braid (round braid), and continuous beaded braids, with 4, 8, 12 and 16 strands. Students will attain a greater understanding of kumihimo and the ability to learn new structures with ease. Students’ class projects will cater to their individual design style and level of experience. In addition, the workshop will include instructor demos with time-lapse samples to help students gain new insights into braid construction and professional jewelry-making techniques. Additional benefits included with this Master Class: $35 registration fee is waived, early registration before online opens to general public for additional classes, Commemorative Bead, Show T-shirt, breakfast and lunch included during Master Class, tickets to all Special Events, Transportation to/from Milwaukee Area Technical College where classes are held, Graduation Celebration – Wednesday, June 7
Project will be completed in class

Braider's Dozen

The AKS Braider's Dozen is one of the many exclusive benefits available to our members. Each month during this year, we'll be featuring a guest instructor who will host an on-line class focused on an aspect of braiding. All classes are presented through the AKS's Online Learning System, or through Facebook (or a combination). Here's what's coming up:
  • Color Demystified with Maureen Shankey
  • Edo Yatsu Variations with Carolyn Haushalter
  • Creative Closures with Rebecca Combs
  • Thick & Thin with Shirley Berlin
  • Symmetry/Asymmetry, with Diana Shiraishi
  • Anda-gumi Braids with Bob Galivan

For more information, visit the Braider's Dozen page. If you're not a member, what are you waiting for?!