Kunekune-Gumi on the Octoplate
With Makiko Tada

Sunday September 15, 2024
8:30 – 11:30

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

Class Description:
In this class, students will learn a new braid technique and make a unique necklace created by two intersecting braids. The braids can take various forms, allowing for individual expression based on your preferences. You will choose two colors to personalize your design and make your necklace truly a one-of-a-kind piece. Students will have the opportunity to work with Makiko Tada during the Gathering, on a day prior to class to prep and setup their fibers on their equipment.

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
OR
Octoplate and 16 unweighted EZ Bobs

Intro to Temari Balls
With Adrienne Gaskell

Sunday September 15, 2024
8:30 – 11:30

Experience Level:
All levels, no previous experience is necessary. Basic sewing or embroidery skills will be helpful.

Class Description:
In this class students will learn the basics and make their first temari ball. The class will cover prepping and wrapping the ball (mari), tips for accurately creating divisions (design sections), and some basic stitches including the typical stitch used for temari, the kiku herringbone stitch.

Kit: $ 20
Pre-wrapped mari, needle and embellishing threads. Students will choose their own colors from many options. A list of recommended materials will be provided for future projects.

Students should bring:.
Optional: Task light and magnifiers.

Flip-Flop Tassel
With Shirley Berlin

Sunday September 15, 2024
8:30 – 11:30

Experience Level:
All Levels

Class Description:
Tassels can be jazzy, slinky or rustic. Making them in a group is fun because you’ll all come up with different results, even following the same page of instructions. You will also make a plied and twisted cord to build into the head of the tassel. There will be time to make two tassels: one to learn on and one with the input of your own ideas, inspired by the many samples brought to class.

This is a satisfying introduction to a great art.

Kit: $ 15
Handout and yarns for 2 tassels

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

Simply Marbelous
With Rebecca Combs

Sunday September 15, 2024
8:30 – 11:30

Experience Level:
Beginner-Plus. Previous experience with beaded kongo gumi required.

Class Description:
Simply Marbelous features a set of five hand-made Unicorne marble beads embedded into an elegant color fade kumihimo necklace. Learn how to easily start and stop your braid to add focal beads.

Project will not be completed in class.

Kit: $ 75
Includes written instructions, Japanese seed beads, braiding cord, endcaps, clasp, jump rings, Unicorne marble 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.

Using Fabric in Kumihimo
With Esi Bani

Sunday September 15, 2024
8:30 – 11:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced. Students should be comfortable with dipping their hands in water-based glues, and using epoxy resin (gloves will be made available).

Class Description:
Ever wanted to create bold jewelry but were limited by bead hole sizes, colors, and weight? This class teaches how to expand your design repertoire and color palette by incorporating fabric in various forms — as beads, as charms, as connectors, as caps, as fringe, as cord substitutes etc. —into your Kumihimo creations. You create your own hole sizes!

For jewelry design, weight is always a factor when considering the functionality of a designed piece. The almost weightlessness of fabric bursts open myriad possibilities including dimensionality, and an entire unlimited color spectrum to stir your creative juices. Vibrant fabrics that catch your eye, have already done the possible color combinations homework for you. Indulge!

Project will be completed in class. Instructions will be given on comlete drying process for certain components.

Kit: $30
Includes written instructions, a variety of fabric samples, variously shaped cores for big-hole fabric beads, fabric tubes, how to fringe fabrics, fabric finishing and waterproofing supplies, gloves etc,

Students should bring:
Optional: Favorite cotton, silk or other soft natural fabrics.

Braided Shell Earrings and Pendant
With Yin Gaung

Sunday September 15, 2024
8:30 – 11:30

Experience Level:
All levels

Class Description:
In this workshop, you will explore the fascinating flat braid on a disk. The workshop will cover the several topics, including techniques for cord movements, turning the disk to change the direction of the braid. Participates will have the opportunity to create several mini “V” braids.

You will learn how to maintain even tension and change the direction on the Anda Gumi braids. By the end of class, you will have gained valuable insights of the Anda Gumi braid, and crafted your own shell earrings or pendants, transformed from the mini “V” braids you’ve created. You can even design your own V-necklace after completing this workshop!

Most students will finish this project in class

Kit: $ 20
Includes all materials and components to complete earrings and pendant.

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

Tusna – Continuous Beaded Braid on a Disc!
With Carolyn Oliver Haushalter

Sunday September 15, 2024
8:30 – 11:30

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced.

Class Description:
The secrets of making a continuous beaded braid on a disc will be revealed! The Edo yatsu structure develops a lacy look and drapey feel that will make any outfit sing.

You will also learn how to finish the braid with cones and wire.

Kit: $ 10
Includes end cones, eye pins, and a clasp.

Students should bring:
Kumihimo disk, 150-170 grams counterweight, (8ea) 40” (100 cm) strands of Tex 135/0.4mm/fine C-Lon/S-Lon cords.

Preload:
18 grams 11/0 seed beads, color A, strung on four of the cords
18 grams 11/0 seed beads, color B, strung on four of the cords

Chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters, scissors, measuring tape, and thread/cord burner, cautery pen, or lighter.

Twisted Tin Thread Beaded Fun
With Katherine Buenger

Sunday September 15, 2024
8:30 – 11:30

Experience Level:
All levels. No experience needed.

Class Description:
This is a fun class that will be easy on your brain! Using tin thread, a fine wire wrapped around a fiber core (4% silver) and beads, students will learn to twist the thread as they add beads to make 5-strand bracelet or a 3-strand necklace, finished with a silver-plated magnetic clasp.

These make great “stackable” pieces!

Kit: $ 15 bracelet / $ 20 necklace
Includes all materials to complete a bracelet or necklace with written instructions.
Many color options available.

Students should bring:
No tools or supplies needed.