Class Description: In learning how to make the Lacey Elegance Necklace you will first explore and learn Kawari Hira Kara. This flat kumihimo braid will have 8 strands of beads used as fiber and 8 strands of fiber. Braiding these sixteen elements together results in creating a stunning necklace.
Additionally, in an introduction to bead embroidery, you will learn the process of stitching around a cabochon glued onto a backing and how to embroider with a variety of seed beads and other beads. To complete the necklace there will be detailed discussion on how to finish the edge, create a bail and hang the pendant on the braid.
Kits: Kits cost $145 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 fiber, beads, 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 the bead list. After the three color ways are made available, email Aasia at aasia@aasia jewelry to purchase your kit. Kits must be ordered by June 24th and will be shipped by July 8th.
Student Equipment and Supplies: Marudai, 16 tama, counterweight, Bead Spinner and long needle to load beads, beading surface, measuring tape, scissors, cutting pliers, 8 lb Fireline, beading needles # 11 & # 12, Loctite Super Glue Ultra-liquid Control and portable Ott Light.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Must know how to do Kumihimo on marudai. Proficiency in loading beads using bead spinner will be helpful. No previous knowledge or experience in bead embroidery is required.
Homework: Students must load the beads prior to class to expedite the braiding process.