Andean Simp’a Wallqa Necklace

– with Bob Galivan The art of braiding in the Andes has existed for thousands of years. Braiding was mainly utilitarian, for slings and ties, but often decorative for headbands and decoration. This braid is an adaptation of an ancient Andean pattern of frets – “broken” diamonds. The name of the project translates to “braided […]

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Nejire Edo-yatsu Braid

– with Bob Galivan This clever variation on the traditional Edo-yatsu kumihimo braid introduces a “twist” in the structure by adding a separate contrasting element on one axis. The turning sections of the braid can be of any length, and can be varied in length to create an even more dimensional look to the braid. […]

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Decoding Complex Braids Master Class

– with Adrienne Gaskell The class is designed to teach students complex braiding techniques and how to transform these into designs that define their own personal style. Students will learn mapping and recording of braiding patterns, how to create symmetrical and asymmetrical jewelry following the design principles of balance, visual weight and direction, creatiive techniques […]

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Hey Picasso! Leno Braid

– with Bob Galivan The Leno Braid is an adaptation from the gauze weave, where a structure is worked with open cells. This structure is a kumihimo braid that uses leno techniques to create the open structure. In this braid, you’ll use a flexible fiber along with some lovely aged picasso beads to create a […]

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Hira-genji Leather Bracelet

– with Bob Galivan Leather is an unusual medium for kumihimo braids, but following the theory “if it bends, it braids”; this clever bracelet is made using 1 mm thin leather strands to create an easy to make pattern on the round foam disc. The primary braid is Hira-genji, a flat kumihimo braid that is […]

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Kumihimo Math: Introduction to Counted Fades

– with Rebecca Combs Learn to plan out exactly how many beads you need per section when designing with both solid color and patterned blocks. You will also learn how to accurately estimate the length of your design based on the number of seed beads in the pattern. Bring your calculator! Apply what you’ve learned […]

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6-Striped Sparkle Ridged Spiral Kumihimo Necklace

– with Cheryl Focht Create this sparking Ridged Spiral braid as a focal piece with eight element Kongoh Gumi straps to make this dramatic necklace. The necklace uses two different braids, the ever versatile Japanese kumihimo Kongoh Gumi using eight cords, and then morphs into a 12-cord ridged spiral braid with six stripes for the […]

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Beaded Kumihimo Focal-Me Match-Me Magnetic Necklace

– with Yin Guang Focal me! Match me! This partial beaded kumihimo rope features a hammered magnetic clasp that is easy to use and fun to wear as the focal of the necklace. Students will learn how to use a round foam disk to braid a beaded rope. Learn how to set up cords on […]

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My Sweet Sarah Kumihimo and Embellished Netting Choker

– with Cheryl Focht Create this stunning choker that sparkles like rose gold with diamonds. The choker is made from a mixed media blend of one of the more versatile Japanese kumihimo braids, Kongoh Gumi, and flat or vertical netting. Separately, both are fun and easy, but together create a dazzling necklace that looks deceptively […]

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Beaded Kumihimo Shell and Pearl Necklace

– with Yin Guang It’s an ocean-themed, fun Kumihimo necklace! This kumihimo necklace features beads braided into the rope, a focal shell charm, and a starfish charm. Students will learn the most popular beaded braiding technique; how to hold the disk; set up cords on the disk; string beads on rattail cords; add beads during […]

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