Edo-Yatsu Spirals
With Makiko Tada

Friday September 13, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced. Students should be experienced braiding and setting up a marudai and be proficient braiding 16 tama braids

Class Description:
Students will uncover the secrets of Makiko Tada’s exclusive braid design, a unique twist on the classic Edo-Yatsu gumi. Students will explore the interplay of threads in a whole new dimension and create a unique hallow braid with peekaboo windows.

Kit: $ 40 Cash only please
Japanese precut metallic threads. Students can choose their own colors.

Students should bring:
Marudai, 16 weighted tama with leaders, 40% counter weight and chopstick

Twisted Chains Necklace
With Adrienne Gaskell

Friday September 13, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced. Students should be proficient braiding an 8-strand fiber braid on a marudai. Experience braiding with Japanese multi-strand fibers is helpful but not required.

Class Description:
Students will learn a new braid that creates intersecting, and opposing links. Class will include instruction for how to accurately measure, secure, and size the braids to make a three-strand necklace.

Project will not be finished in class.

Kit: $ 40
Includes Japanese metallic fibers in two colors, waxed linen, and a magnetic clasp. Kits contains enough material to make a three-strand necklace, 22 to 27 inches.

Students should bring:
Marudai, 8 weighted tama, 40% counter weight, chopstick, scissors and Fray Check.

Intro to Braiding on a Marudai – Fiber Braids
With Rosalie Neilson

Friday September 13, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Beginner to Intermediate

Class Description:
Using pre-packaged synthetic silk, students will braid a sampler of 4- and 8-element braids. The sampler with start with a 4-element round braid, Yotsu Gumi, which will be formed into a loop at the beginning, then continue with 8-element braid structures including round, square, and flat. Students will learn how the placement of color on the Marudai changes the design within the same braid structure.

Braids include Yotsu Gumi, Maru Genji, Edo Yatsu Gumi (with its variations of repeating steps two and three times), and Hira Kara Gumi.

Resources for the braid patterns include a coil-bound handout and two books authored by Neilson – The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi and The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi.

Kit: $ 70 (If braiders use their own silk, fee is $45)
Includes coil-bound handout, two books, and two colors of pre-packaged synthetic silk.

Students should bring:
Marudai, eight tama, counterbalance bag with weight equal to 45% of the combined tama, chopstick, s-hook, scissors, tape measure, and calculator.

Criss Cross Bracelet
With Esi Bani

Friday September 13, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced. Must know how to braid around a core and control tension.

Class Description:
Students will learn how to seamlessly intersect two beaded kumihimo braids to open up more complex design possibilities, including dimensional structures. The class will be a bracelet, but the technique is applicable to other types of jewelry.

This project will not be completed in class. Written instructions will be given on how to finish and attach clasp.

Kit: $ 53
Includes two colorways of 8/0 beads, dagger/pip beads, bead caps & closure, braid core, & braiding threads, two-part 5-minute epoxy, & miscellaneous braiding aids.

Students should bring:
A thick (double) new Kumihimo disc with tight slots, eight weighted bobbins, center weight bag or weighted clip, and a thread burner/soldering iron or stencil burner.

Rendezvous Bracelet
With Rebecca Combs

Friday September 13, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced

Class Description:
The Rendezvous bracelet is both gorgeous and a feat of kumihimo engineering! Smooth seed beads sit comfortably on your wrist and a variety of wire-wrapped Czech glass flowers nest tightly in a choreographed dance of blooms.

Utilizing a variety of techniques, you will step up your jewelry-making game and learn how to easily wire-wrap the Czech glass beads using a bail-making plier and braid around a flexible satin core to support your bouquet. Color coordinating peyote stich endcap covers conceal the magnetic endcaps and give a polished finish to your bracelet.

Project will not be completed in class.

Kit: $ 95
Includes written instructions, Japanese seed beads, braiding cord, core material, assorted Czech glass rounds, flowers, and leaves, Toho Demi beads, ball headpins, magnetic endcaps, Delica beads, beading thread, binding thread, beading needle.

Students should bring:
Kumihimo disc, 8 weighted bobbins (~23g each), one plain bobbin, clip-on center weight, 1.5mm / 2mm bail-making pliers, (~45g), scissors, beading mat, and E6000 glue.

Ring of Fire Dragon Necklace
With Yin Gaung

Friday September 13, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced

Class Description:
Create this necklace by mastering both Japanese and European braiding techniques. Explore the art of seamlessly transitioning between two distinctive braiding styles. Throughout the process, you will also learn many other tips and tricks for creating this captivating necklace, such as symmetrical or asymmetrical in fire dragon braid section.

Students will have the option to select from an array of colored cords for the fire dragon braid section. Tailor the necklace to your preferences by choosing the color and symmetry that best suits your style.

Most students will finish the piece in class.

Kit: $ 49
Includes all materials and components to complete necklace.

Students should bring:
Kumihimo disc, ruler, scissors.

Ply-Split Braided Necklace
With Betty Huttner

Friday September 13, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Must have completed Intro to Ply-Split Braiding (Thurs. 9/12) or have previous Ply-Split Braiding experience

Class Description:
Create a one-of-a-kind necklace using one of three simple ply-splitting patterns. Students will choose between designs consisting solely of fiber cords or ones incorporating beads or a focal-point pendant. We will discuss various methods of starting and ending pieces and how to attach jewelry findings. Samples of additional ply-split jewelry will be available for inspiration.
Most students will complete, but all will leave with the skills to complete independently.

Kit: $ 20 – $32
Includes cords for projects, handouts and patterns, beads, pendants, and jewelry findings. Cost will vary depending upon project chosen.

Students should bring:
Gripfyd tool and sharp scissors.