Instructor: Rebecca Combs
The Silky Star combines beaded kongoh gumi with bead stitching to create an elegantly embellished necklace. Learn how to follow a kumihimo stringing chart and how to modify the count for other lengths. Once you understand the concept, the design possibilities are endless.
Kit: $67, includes shipping via USPS Priority Mail, USA only.
Kit contents: Printed step-by-step instructions with photos, needle, size 18 Superlon, Toho size 8⁰ seed beads, Czech Silky beads, Toho demi beads, magnetic end cap, binding thread, E6000 glue.
Supply list for students not purchasing a kit:
– 45 Silky beads
– 32 grams size 8/0 Japanese seed beads
– 4 grams size 6/0 Toho Demi beads
– Size 18 Superlon
– 4 yards One-G beading thread
– 1 set 8 mm magnetic endcaps
– Nymo binding thread
– E6000 glue
Student Equipment: Your choice of using either the foam disk or marudai.
Foam Disk Equipment List: Calculator, writing materials, scissors, kumihimo disk (regular thickness), 8 weighted bobbins (23 grams each), clip-on center weight (45 grams), beading mat.
Marudai Equipment List: Calculator, writing materials, scissors, marudai, 8 Tama (70 grams each), adjustable center weights approx. 150-300 grams, chopstick, blue painters tape, beading mat.
Skill Level: Advanced.
Pre-requisites: Students should be able to independently set-up and braid a beaded Kongoh Gumi on the disk. Unbraiding proficiency is essential. Students should be able to identify both correct and incorrect points of braiding.