Class Description: Students will complete the KonGoh Gumi beaded braid at home before class. The graduated sizes of beads results in a spiral braid. The remainder of the necklace, the beaded beads and finishing techniques will be shown in class. The bead weaving portion of the necklace includes using Peyote stitch with increases and decreases that will cover wooden beads used as a base. Various sizes of seed beads, tiny crystals and pearls are used to create these statement beaded beads. Last, a stunning beaded endcap will join to create the fastening loop.
Kits: Kits cost $125 which includes shipping. Kits will be purchased directly from the instructor BEFORE the In Person Gathering as this class has homework. Kits will contain all of the beads, wooden bead, etc to make the necklace. There will be a total of three color ways and they will be shared in mid to late April, along with a bead list. After the three color ways are made available, email Aasia at aasia@aasiajewelry to purchase your kit. Kits must be ordered by June 24th and will be shipped by July 8th.
Student Equipment and Supplies: Marudai or Kumihimo double density disk , 8 tama or 8 weighted bobbins, 25% counterweight or heavy gator weight, Big Eye Needle, beading surface, measuring tape, scissors, cutting pliers or inexpensive scissors, 8 lb Fireline, beading needles # 11 & # 12, Loctite Super Glue Ultra-liquid Control and portable Ott Light.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Experience with Peyote Stitch will be helpful. Willing to learn how to bead over large beads. Kumihimo braiding with beads either on Marudai or disc.
Homework: Students will complete the braid portion at home prior to the In Person Gathering. Beaded bead and finishing techniques will be shown in class.