Sometimes Baroque Kongo
With Makiko Tada

Thursday September 12, 2024
2:00 – 5:00

Experience Level:
Intermediate to Advanced. Students should be experienced braiding and setting up a marudai or a round disc and be proficient braiding 16-strand braids.

Class Description:
When the threads of the Kongo Gumi are unevenly arranged the braid shape looks like connected large baroque pearls. In this class you will learn how to create these braids as well as the technique of seamlessly switching between a balanced and unbalanced (Baroque) Kongo.

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
Kumihimo disc, 16 unweighted bobbins.
Painter’s tape and two wide, non-slip headbands or 2 in. wide Coban (or Vetrap tape).

Intro to the Marudai, Beaded Braids
With Adrienne Gaskell

Thursday September 12, 2024
2:00 – 5:00

Experience Level:
All levels, no previous kumihimo experience is necessary.

Description:
This class will teach students how to use a marudai for making an 8-strand
beaded kongoh (round braid). This class is perfect for students who want to learn the difference between braiding on a disc versus a marudai or those who need a refresher to feel proficient with the equipment.
Don’t have marudai equipment? No worries! A limited number of marudai and tama will be available for rent. You must reserve rental equipment at the time of registration.

Kit: $10
Toho seed beads, and braiding cords. Several color options will be available. Clasps will be available for purchase for students who would like to make their braid into a piece of jewelry.

Student Should Bring:
Marudai, 8 weighted tama, and 25% counter weight.
If renting marudai equipment nothing is needed for this class except a willingness to learn!

Still Lovin’ The Laramie
With Shirley Berlin

Thursday September 12, 2024
2:00 – 5:00

Experience Level: 
Beginner to Advanced

Class Description:

The Laramie braid is 20 years old this year, inspired on a long road trip by a variation on a less interesting straw-plaiting braid. Variations are its forte and we’ll look at several of them.

Materials: ribbon yarn, wire, beads

Structure: vary the number of threads, core/no core, hide and seek.

One of your experiments will make a necklace to be completed later.

Kit: $25

Booklet, 3 foam discs, fancy yarns, wire, beads, 10 EZ Bobs, and magnetic clasp.

Students should bring:

Scissors, and pen/pencil to annotate the handout.

Lattice Braids of Kongo Gumi
With Rosalie Nielson

Thursday September 12, 2024
2:00 – 5:00

Experience Level:
Beginner Plus to Advanced. Students should know Kumihimo basics.

Class Description:
A lattice is a grid framework creating diamond- or square-like openings. In 16-element Kongō Gumi braiding, the lattice is created by the eight cords in the North-South and East-West quadrants. How the remaining eight cords are laid out the in the NE-SE and NW-SW quadrants determines the shape of the lattice. Using a foam braiding disc and satin cord, practice making a variety of lattice structures, from regular (symmetric) to irregular (asymmetric) shapes.

Kit: $ 20
Includes 6” round foam braiding disc, 16 yards petite satin cord in four different colors, two keyrings, string for finishing tassel. Handout includes layouts for eight different lattice braids, braiding instructions, and finishing details.

Braiders may also purchase the book written by Rosalie Neilson Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots Coils Lines Zags at a discounted price of $40 plus media mail shipping.

Students should bring:
Kumihimo disc and 16 EZ bobs, and scissors

Sliding Sasanami Bracelet
With Carolyn Oliver Haushalter

Thursday September 12, 2024
2:00 – 5:00

Experience Level:
Beginner Plus to Advanced. Students should know Kumihimo basics.

Class Description:
Students will learn two variations of sasanami, a wide flat braid, on an octoplate. The variations are combined with each other to make a striking statement bracelet.

Kit: $ 15
Includes bundles of two different fibers and magnetic clasp.

Students should bring:
Octoplate kumihimo tool, scissors, 24 EZ Bobs, scissors, measuring tape, and glue for the clasp.

Button Closure Beaded Bracelet
With Kristen MacDowell

Thursday September 12, 2024
2:00 – 5:00

Experience Level:
Beginner

Class Description:
This class is for the absolute beginner. Students will learn how to plan a design, set up a disc for 8-cord Kongo Gumi and starting the braid on a button. Discussion and handouts will include design decisions and braiding techniques, tools and materials. Bracelet will be finished with a braided loop.
This project is perfect for anyone with metal allergies since glass/crystal or plastic/resin/polymer clay buttons can be used. It can easily be made as a necklace.
Most students will finish in class.

Kit: $ 30
Includes precut Tex 210 cord, a choice of button (including Swarovski crystal), two colors of seed beads, a big eye needle, darning needle and written instructions. Several colorways will be available.

Students should bring:
Kumihimo disc, 8ea EZ Bobs, weight bag/clip, scissors. Optional: chain nose pliers (low-quality). A few pair of pliers will be available to borrow in class.

Intro to Ply-Split Braiding
With Betty Huttner

Thursday September 12, 2024
2:00 – 5:00

Experience Level:
Beginner

Class Description:
Ply-split braiding (PSB) is a craft used for centuries by Indian camel herders to make girths for their animals. Today we use the technique for belts, jewelry, straps, and basketry.  After a short introduction to the tools and materials used and a demonstration of the technique, students will practice the basic pattern step by working on a small bookmark. We will then practice starting and ending techniques while making a key fob from premade cord kits.

Project will be completed in class

Kit: $ 24
Includes the gripfid tool, cords for projects, handouts, and patterns.

Students should bring:
Sharp scissors.