Floating Petals
With Makiko Tada

Saturday September 14, 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:
While learning this new braid design students will make a braid that resembles delicate petals adrift on water. The braid is a blend of two metallic thread colors intertwined in a seamless switchback pattern. Your piece will reflect your style as you select the perfect pair of colors to bring your necklace to life.

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

Students should bring:
Marudai, 16 weighted tama with leaders, 20% counter weight and chopstick

Twice the Love Bracelet
With Adrienne Gaskell

Saturday September 14, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Beginner Plus to Advanced. Students should be proficient setting up and braiding an 8-strand beaded braid on their preferred equipment – either a foam disc or a marudai.

Class Description:
This clever Celtic Knot bracelet is created with color changing braids. In addition to learning the color change braid pattern students will learn how to braid around a wire armature as well as bracelet sizing techniques.

Project will not be finished in class.

Kit: $ 55
Includes Toho 11º seed beads, stainless steel wire, braiding cords, big-eye needle, metal connectors, and magnetic clasp.

Students should bring:
Marudai, 8 weighted tama, 25% counter weight and chopstick
OR
Kumihimo disc, 8 bobbins and 30g weight clip or bag
Bead mat, scissors and Fray Check.
Optional: Task light and magnifiers.

A Looped Start for 16-element Braiding
With Rosalie Neilson

Saturday September 14, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced. Must be familiar with 8-element braids and how to set up Marudai and Tama

Class Description:
This workshop explores a series of different 16-tama braid structures. It is designed for participants familiar with 8-element braid structures who wish to expand their repertoire into 16-tama structures.

Using two colors of silk or synthetic silk, braiders will begin the sampler by making an 8-element braid, either round, flat, or square. After reaching the desired length, the remaining 8 tama are incorporated. The beginning and the ending of the braid are joined to then braid with 16 tama.

The braid structures in the study include Kongō Gumi, Naiki, Oimatsu, Tsukushi, Mitake Gumi, Shinonome, Hira Genji, Ishidatami, Chidori, and Sasanami.

Different color arrangements and instruction variations will yield further design possibilities for future research. The sampler will be approximately 32” in length.

Examples of various Kumihimo interlacements can be seen at:
https://www.rosalieneilson.com/kumihimo-gallery

This project will be completed in class.

Kit: $ 40
Included is two coil-bound handouts: a 21-page instruction booklet documenting 8-tama braid structures and a 19-page booklet documenting 16-tama braids.

Students should bring:
Marudai, 16 tama, counterweight equal to 45% of the 16 tama split into 2 equal bags, chopstick, s-hook, scissors, tape measure, and calculator. Two different colors of silk or synthetic silk, pre-packaged or cut to 108”: four elements of Color A and four elements of Color B for a total of 8 elements.

Hyperbolic Curves Jewelry
With Giovanna Imperia

Saturday September 14, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced. Must know basic crochet stitches. Refresher offered on Thursday September 12 2:00-5:00.

Class Description:
Hyperbolic curves are extensively present in nature – for instance, coral reefs, sponges and kelp. Interestingly enough, hyperbolic forms are a gateway to advanced mathematics. The forms can be manipulated to create increasingly more complex and curvaceous forms making abstract concepts much easier to grasp. Not only that, but if these forms are created with fiber and crochet, it is possible to explore many “what ifs”: What if I went this way? What if I went backwards? What if I grow my form only on one side? So much more. With simple changes in the pattern, it is possible to create infinite embellishments. The possibilities are further enhanced by the materials used: from the humble wool to wire and anything in between.

Hyperbolic curves can be approached systematically by following precise increases and decreases. But what I like is a more organic approach where my crochet hook goes wherever it feels like. This way, I have the ability of creating unique shapes that I can then turn into jewelry.

In this class, you will explore the basics of hyperbolic curves by crocheting with inexpensive yarn. After that, you will be able to explore a more free-form approach to hyperbolic curves first with the same wool and then with a stainless steel thermoplastic yarn which will allow you to further shape the form you are creating.

Kit: $ 45
Includes a ball of yarn, a spool of stainless steel thermoplastic, a silver ring form, and instructions

Students should bring:
Two crochet hooks (size to be specified later)

Delightful Necklace
With Rebecca Combs

Saturday September 14, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Beginner-Plus. Previous experience with beaded kongo gumi required. Previous bead stitching experience helpful, but not required.

Class Description:
The Delightful kumihimo necklace is a beginner-friendly project that showcases a beautiful, intricate design without being overly complex to create. Yes, even the beaded focal beads, despite their appearance, are made from a very simple thread path.

Learn how to seamlessly incorporate hollow beadwork into your beaded kumihimo designs.
Project will not be completed in class.

Kit: $ 95
Includes written instructions, Japanese seed beads, braiding cord, endcaps, clasp, jump rings, Czech glass rounds, crystal bicones, spacer beads, beading thread, binding thread, beading needle.
A variety of colorways will be available.

Students should bring:
Kumihimo disc, 8 weighted bobbins (~23g each), clip-on center weight (~45g), scissors, beading mat, and E6000 glue.

Beaded V Necklace
With Yin Gaung

Saturday September 14, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate

Class Description:
In this workshop, we will explore the art of creating exquisite beaded flat braid V-necklace. Learn how to manipulate beads and cords to achieve the signature shape. You will also have a tutorial to refer back to whenever you need a reminder.

During the workshop, we will focus on the braid sequence of this variation of Anda Gumi braid, when to add a bead and how to position it while braiding, and, most importantly, how to navigate the pivotal V-shaped turning point. Join us for a creative journey where beads elegantly intertwine with vibrant cords.

Most students will finish this piece in class

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

Students should bring:
Round or square kumihimo disc, ruler, and scissors.

Holiday Braids
With Shirley Berlin

Saturday September 14, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:

All levels. Experienced braiders will make more variations.

Class Description:
Using several braiding structures in creative ways you will learn how to make braids for holidays: Valentines, July 4th, Halloween, Christmas.

Fill-The-Gap, Laramie, Flat braids with beads and variations on Kongo gumi all lend themselves to festive applications: wreaths, candy canes, hearts, baubles to hang, twisted wire pendants, napkin rings.

Most students will finish 2-3 pieces in class. Others will be started to finish at home.

Kit: $ 25
Includes booklet, five discs, fancy yarns, pipe cleaners, wire, beads, and needle.

Students should bring:
Scissors and pen/pencil to annotate the class booklet

Boho Chunky Mixed Media Necklace
With Kristen MacDowell

Saturday September 14, 2024
9:30 – 5:30  w/lunch 12:30 – 2:30

Experience Level:
All levels. Wire wrapping requires a bit of hand strength.

Class Description:
Explore the possibilities of mixing braids with wire wrapping for endless combinations of statement jewelry.

The first half of the day, we will braid a chunky focal section with natural stone beads and a mix of glass beads in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. using the 7-cord Fill-The-Gap technique.

After lunch, we will dive into wire-wrapping. You will learn how to wire wrap cone ends onto your braid – NO GLUE!! Then we will wire wrap a beaded “chain” section and attach a clasp or toggle. We will play with other fun wired embellishment techniques such as coiling components with and without beads, and adding a focal pendant to create truly unique jewelry.

Most students will complete in class.

Kit: $ 45 – $ 75 Depending on stones.
Includes everything to make a stunning piece: natural stone and glass beads to make a 7” – 8” focal, Tex 210 cord, a spool of anti-tarnish wire, choice of clasp or toggle. Template for FTG braiding. Written instructions.
Several colorways will be available.

Students should bring:
Jewelry quality chain nose pliers (2 pair is advised), round nose pliers and wire cutters. A limited number of tool kits will be available to use at no charge for those who do not wish to purchase them. Advanced notice required.
Kumihimo disc, 7 EZ Bobs, and weight bag or clip
OR
Marudai, 7 tama, counterweight of 40% of tama weight, chopstick. (Must be proficient in setting up Marudai to braid.)
Optional: Thread/cord burner