Ombre Bracelet by Adrienne Gaskell

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00

Marudai or Disc

Make an easy, triple ombre patterned bracelet that is fun to wear and even more fun to make.  If you get frustrated with counted bead patterns then this is the perfect project for you!

Adrienne Gaskell’s innovations explore the ancient Japanese art of kumihimo. Her jewelry incorporates gemstones, pearls, and beads and has been featured in “Showcase 500 Art Necklaces” by Lark Books, Bead&Button’s Bead Dreams competition, and the Toho Design Challenge. She exhibits at juried art shows and galleries across the county. Her teaching resume includes Braids 2012 in Manchester England, Braids 2016 in Tacoma, WA, Bead & Button show since 2006, Japanese Kumihimo Society and Toho Bead Company in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Hiroshima Japan. Adrienne’s popular DVDs, Beaded Kumihimo on the Marudai, and More Beaded Kumihimo on the Marudai were the first instructional videos for braiding with beads on the marudai.

Visit Adrienne’s website for more information

Class Description: Make an easy, triple ombre patterned bracelet that is fun to wear and even more fun to make.  If you get frustrated with counted bead patterns then this is the perfect project for you!  You will learn Adrienne’s ‘Ombre for Dummies’ technique that makes the process of blending colors in a beaded Kongoh much easier and faster than the counted methods, you can even use a bead spinner!  Students will also learn how to make the ombre beaded magnetic clasp.

Kits: Kits cost $50. Kits will be purchased directly from the instructor at the In Person Gathering. Kits will contain Toho 11º seed beads and Aiko beads. Size #11 beading needle, beading thread, braiding cords, big-eye needle, and glue-in magnetic clasp.

Student Equipment: This project can be made on either a foam disk with 8 plastic bobbins or a marudai, 8 weighted tama and 25% counterweight. Bead mat, scissors, measuring tape.  Optional:  Bead spinner and needle, task light, magnifiers.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Student should be proficient braiding and setting up a beaded Kongoh Gumi on the disk or marudai and have a basic knowledge of flat peyote stitch.

Ju Yon by Carolyn Oliver Haushalter

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00


Ready for a braid that is different and will expand your braiding horizons? Join Carolyn to learn and create the 14 strand braid Ju Yon.

Carolyn Oliver Haushalter has been making jewelry for two decades. In 2006 she discovered kumihimo and it became her favorite technique and obsession. Her favorite braids combine traditional techniques with modern materials. Three years later she began teaching, working with students from all over the world to share her love of the art. Her classes for improving your marudai skills and taking a new approach to classic kumihimo books are available through The American Kumihimo Society, She has taught classes for the 2018 and 2020 American Kumihimo Society Gatherings and the 2021 and 2022 Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, as well as bead stores and societies. She is the event coordinator and former co-chair of Pittsburgh’s Premier Bead Society: OCBPA.


Class Description: Ju-Yon: What Can You Do With 14 Tama? Here’s how Carolyn answers that question: “Most common Japanese braids on a marudai are made using a number of tama that are divisible by eight. Partially inspired by Jacqui Carey’s Book of Braids and a deep dive into lesser-known braid structures, I discovered that there are many stable, repeatable braids that can be made with 14 tama. In this technique class, students will learn the structures I’ve discovered and try developing their own.

This class is for adventurous braiders who are interested in how structures form and how standard sequences can be expanded and contracted. Instructions will include S & Z twist kongo gumi, a flat structure, a squared structure, and a hollow structure in the Edo yatsu/Naiki gumi style. As the students practice each structure, Carolyn will discuss her methodology and encourage development of other 14 tama braids.”

Kits: Kit cost $20. Kits will be purchased directly from the instructor at the In Person Gathering. Kits will contain Pre-cut fibers.

Student Equipment: Marudai, 14 tama with attached leaders, 40-60% counterweight, scissors, chopstick.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable setting up a marudai, using tama with leaders, and making braids with more than 8 elements.

Shimmering Wire Necklace by Giovanna Imperia

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00

Marudai or Disc

In this workshop you will create a one-of-a-kind, stunning necklace using wire or wire and fiber.  Giovanna will share a technique which offers infinite possibilities

Giovanna Imperia is the author of Kumihimo Wire Jewelry and many articles on braiding and weaving. Her work has been exhibited and is included in private and museum collections throughout the United States and internationally. Giovanna’s work focuses on the exploration of tactile and organic nature of fiber while pushing the boundaries of the expected definition of body adornment and 3D objects. This is accomplished by actively involving the user through the concept of “transformation” – the idea of actively engaging the user in shaping and transforming the art piece.

Giovanna is President of the American Kumihimo Society.


Class Description: In order to create a stunning shapeable necklace, students will learn to braid around a temporary core using two contrasting colors of wire, or wire and fiber.

A temporary core is a core that is used while braiding and it is then removed after the braid is completed and no longer under tension on the Marudai or a disk. This technique executed in wire offers almost infinite creative possibilities: no two pieces will look alike — depending on what core is used and how the finished braid is manipulated.

During the workshop students will measure their own wire and set up their equipment. In the process, a variety of tips and tricks will be discussed.

Class Fees: $45 which include instructions, enough wire for the project. Fees will be paid directly to the instructor at the In Person Gathering.

Per Giovanna: “Wire will be provided in class as part of the class fee. But students are also welcome to bring some fiber of their choice or wire of their choice. If students want to bring their own wire, these are the specs: two complementary colors of 32 gauge, approximately 100 feet each.

The best wire source is They have the widest range of currently available colors in 30 and 32 gauge. Please note, manufacturers tend to discontinue colors — particularly matte ones — without notice. So, make sure you have enough in your stash. If you choose their uncoated wires, keep in mind that they will tarnish over time if not treated or cleaned regularly. My suggestion is that the whole necklace should be uncoated wire to make future cleaning easier.

Another wire source is They carry some wire from parawire, but also have their own line called Zebra wire. I have not worked with that specific brand, but I suspect it can be mixed and with parawire.”

Student Equipment: Marudai, 16 tama — weight: 70 gr, or 85gr, or 100 gr, chopstick, appropriate counterweight in a bag, S hook, warping pegs or C clamps and inexpensive scissors.


Hamanaka foam disk, 16 EZ bobs, small weight such as 2 oz fishing weight or washer, warping pegs or C clamps and inexpensive scissors.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable braiding at least 8-strands braids on the Marudai or the disk. They should also have some basic knowledge of how to work with wire.

Recommended reading: “ Kumihimo Wire Jewelry” by Giovanna Imperia.

Beaded Button Necklace by Jacqui Carey

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00


Using a beautiful, vintage button as a special feature, create an elegant, tassled necklace using a flat braid made of silk and beads.

Jacqui is a maker, teacher, author and researcher of braids, having specialized in the subject since graduating from a BA (Hons) degree in woven textiles in 1985. Her work as a practicing craftsperson is known worldwide, and her knowledge shared through teaching and numerous publications.

While studying for her degree in textiles, Jacqui discovered that weaving and other related subjects — such as braiding — combined her love of mathematics and art. Through the study of complex weaving structures she was able to unravel the mysteries of kumihimo. While her work in this area stems from the traditional, it is the creative possibilities that inspire most of her braids. The joy of making braids is enhanced by exploring a wide range of materials and playing with structure, color and patterns.

Jacqui has written many important books in the field of kumihimo as well as other textile areas — from “Creative Kumihimo” where she introduced the grid system to help analyze braid structures, to “Beads and Braids” — the first and perhaps most comprehensive book on incorporating beads in braiding — to “The Book of Braids” where she introduced a new approach to creating kumihimo braids based on her analysis of the basic movements on the Marudai, to “Chinese Braid Embroidery” which documents this unique Chinese Miao textile tradition of using braids to create incredibly intricate designs used to embellish a variety of garments.

Visit Jacqui’s store at:


Class Description: Repurpose a vintage button to create a central feature on an elegant necklace. Students will learn how to prepare a beaded pure silk warp and how to make a fine flat braid with a beautiful drape that lends itself to this project. Finishing instructions will also be given, detailing tasseled ends and assembly with a jewelry clasp.

Buttons and colour options will vary.

Kits: Kits cost $42 (39€). Kits will be purchased directly from the instructor at the In Person Gathering AND MUST BE PAID FOR IN CASH. Kits will contain the Feature button, Japanese silk, Rocaille beads, small bell caps, clasp and beading needle. Note buttons and colour options will vary.

Student Equipment: Marudai with eight bobbins, counterbalance weights, chopstick, s-hook and a warping post.

Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Prerequisites: Students need to have some experience in working with 8 bobbins.

Three Braid “Twist It Up” Necklace by Katherine Buenger

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00

No equipment is necessary to create this necklace

Katherine teaches you how the same braiding technique can create three different braids made of tin thread and other materials.

Katherine has a degree in studio art from Macalester College. She enjoys many fiber-related arts, including weaving, spinning, ply-split braiding, and braiding with Sami tin thread. Whether it is spinning the yellow pages, computer tape, or adding telephone wire to weavings and braids, she likes finding something different and fun to do with her art. She is not afraid to break the rules and try something new and encourages others to do the same. Katherine has taught Sami-inspired bracelets at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Midwest Weavers Conference, Minnesota Federation of Weavers and Spinners, and other venues in the Midwest. After teaching hundreds of students, she is still having fun sharing this Sami-inspired craft with others.


Class Description: Fun with color and texture. Using the same braiding technique create three different braids. All three braids will include tin thread along with choices of flat and/or round leather, copper thread or gold thread. Twist the braids together and add a silver plated clasp for a fun necklace.

Class Materials: $60. All materials will be provided by the instructor and purchased at the In Person Gathering. Students do not need to supply anything.

Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Cascading by Makiko Tada

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00


Note: This is an Advanced class

In this advanced class will learn to make a braid that resembles a cascading waterfall.  Makiko says that this Kumihimo braid has a very playful rhythm.

Japan’s Makiko Tada is largely responsible for the growing international interest in the art of Kumihimo braiding. She creates designs from both traditional patterns and from her own original designs and is an expert on the long history of kumihimo.  After restoring ancient national treasure braids from the Kyoto National Museum, she dedicated them to Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Hayatama Shrine.

Makiko Tada conducts research and lectures in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia and authored the seven-volume “Comprehensive Treatise of Braids”.  While completing her Doctorate of Engineering at Kyoto Institute of Technology she received funding from the Japanese government to invent a new braiding machine for composite materials.  This machine will be vital for making components for the construction and aerospace industries.

Dr. Makiko Tada’s 40 years of research, artistry, authorship, and invention assure the art of Kumihimo braiding will touch and enrich many lives across the world.


Class Description: Students will learn how to alternate warps to change the braid direction and form a 3D braid resembling a cascading waterfall.  This Kumihimo braid has a very playful rhythm, and once mastered, is very fun to braid.

Kits: Kits cost $36. Kits will be purchased directly from the instructor at the In Person Gathering AND MUST BE PAID FOR IN CASH. Kits will contain one package of Japanese precut metallic threads.  Students can choose their own colors.

Student Equipment: Marudai, 24 tama with cotton leader threads, counter weight (about 40% counter weight of total tama weight), and a chopstick.

Student Supplies: Painter’s tape

Experience Level: Advanced

Prerequisites: Students should be experienced and comfortable braiding 24 tama braids on the marudai and working with Japanese precut fibers.

A Looped Start for 16 Element Braiding by Rosalie Neilson

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00


This is a technique class intended for braiders wishing to expand their repertoire from 8-tama to 16- tama braid structures. Rosalie will also teach you how to make a looped start which is great to know.

Rosalie Neilson has been making kumihimo braids for more than 35 years. In 1980, she visited a Tokyo kimono factory, became enamored with kumi braids, took a private class, and came home with a marudai, kakudai, and two instruction books written in Japanese. Throughout the years she has developed into a true master of the art with exquisite designs using both color and geometry. 

“My love of color comes from being raised in Oregon. During the majority of the year, nature appears in shades of green, blue, and grey. In this softly lit environment of neutrals, bright colors stand out in sharp contrast.” And so they do in her braids.

Her love of color doesn’t stop there. She was intrigued by the number of ways a braider could use two colors with the Hira Kara Gumi braid and began exploring each one. In 1998, after 18 years of exploration with this braid structure, Rosalie, with the help of her mathematically inclined brother, documented and published the Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi. This was followed by the Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo-Yatsu Gumu. A third book Kongo Gumi – A Cacophony of Spots – Coisl – Zags – Lines was published in 2013 and documents all 1,157 variations of the 16-strand Edo-Yatsu using just two colors. These are true labors of passion and kumihimo love!

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Class Description: This workshop explores a series of different 16-tama braid structures. The workshop 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 halfway into the braiding elements. The 8-element braid can be round, flat, or square. The eight non-active elements are placed in a plastic bag until ready to use. When the 8-element braid is the desired length, the remaining eight tama are attached.  The beginning and the ending of the braid are joined to continue braiding with sixteen 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.

This is a Technique Class intended for braiders wishing to expand their repertoire from 8-tama to 16- tama braid structures. Learning how to start a braid with a loop is useful for linking shorter braids together to form longer cords.

Materials: Fee cost $40. Materials will be purchased directly from the instructor at the In Person Gathering. Braiders will receive two coil-bound handouts: a 21-page instruction booklet documenting 8-tama braid structures and a 19-page booklet documenting 16-tama braids. The instructor will provide incidental supplies such as tapestry needles and cotton yarn for knots and cord around braid.

Student Equipment: Marudai, bag with counter weight equal to 45% of 16 tama (be sure the weights can be divided by two). For the 8-tama braid, put half the weight in bag; for the 16-tama braid, use the full weight. Example: Sixteen 100-gram tama (3.5 ounces each) weigh 56 ounces. 56 ounces x 45% = 25 ounces. Use half weight 12.5 ounces for 8-tama braid; full weight 25 ounces for 16-tama braid.  Chopstick, S-hook for attaching bag to braid, scissors and tape measure.

Student Supplies: Two different colors of silk or synthetic silk (4 elements Color A and 4 elements of Color B).

Pre-packaged silk and synthetic silk are available online at various websites. If you have silk on cones, and want to make your own braiding elements, be sure the length is 108 inches. You will need four elements of Color A and four elements of Color B for a total of 8 elements. The loop will be a two-color 8-tama braid. When the additional tama are added, and the loop brought together, there will be a total of sixteen tama.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Note: Examples of various Kumihimo interlacements can be seen on my website.

Cascading Flowers by Yin Guang

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00


Join Yin in creating a lovely necklace by combining Japanese and European straw-plaiting braids.  A simple bead weaving technique will bring these two braiding methods together.

Yin Guang is a creative designer.  She has been teaching Kumihimo in national shows for more than 7 years.  Her passion in teaching and her positive attitude is very appreciated by her students.  She is always very encouraging and takes time to help her students.

Yin has an MD in Education which helps her pay attention to the details of design. She tries to use her knowledge of science to enhance the understanding of the pattern behind the beauty of Kumihimo.  She loves to play with beads and colors. She has taught at Bead and Button, BeadFest and Tucson Bead Show as well as Arlington and Newton Community Schools for several years. Her classes in Bead & Button were big hits and sold out quickly. Her passion for beads and her positive attitude of teaching has won her many compliments.

Yin was the owner of the Ancient Moon Beads Shop at Watertown MA since 1994 until November 2019. Now, she designs and sells her creative Kumihimo kits at shows as well as Etsy. (  Her Etsy store has very high ratings in both customer satisfaction and shipping speed!

Class Description:

The Cascading Flower Necklace is a combination of three braids: an 8-Strand Kongoh Gumi beaded braid in the front, using S-Lon, and two 7-Strand Laramie braids on the back of necklace, using 2mm satin cords.

In this class you will learn how to link these two different sizes of cords and work on these two braids, Kongoh Gumi and Laramie on a round foam disc. A Peyote beaded tube covers the join creating this lovely necklace. Learning these tricks is a great way to expand the creative possibility of Kumihimo and European braid.

Kits: Kits cost $65. Kits will be purchased directly from the instructor at the In Person Gathering. Kits contain materials for 18”-20” necklace: 2mm satin cords, S-Lon cords, 6 pieces of FireLine, flower cup beads, 8° and 11° seed beads, a set of glue-on end-cap clasp and instructions.

Student Equipment: A round foam disc, ruler, and sharp scissors. bead mat, big-eye needle, #10 or #11 beading needle. Bobbins and weights are optional.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Must know how to braid 8 strands braids on a disc.

Two Faced Square Braid on the Marudai by Yuko Yoshida

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 – 5:00


Have fun learning to create this square braid with Yuko.  The front has one pattern and the side a different one; this creates different wearing options especially when you have multiple necklaces of different lengths.

Yuko Yoshida is a kumihimo artist and teacher. Kumihimo attracted her at first encounter in 2009. Since 2012, she studied with Makiko Tada. While mainly making Obijime for Kimono with traditional patterns, she also focuses on creative works. She favors Maru-dai, Taka-dai, and creating original braids by adding small changes to traditional techniques.

When asked about Yuko, Makiko responded “Yuko is a smart, creative braider who is very talented as is reflected in her beautiful work.  She has developed incredible skills over many years of studying and practice.  For that she has received the title of Takumi (master craft person) from Tokusaburo Hirosawa — who was in charge of kumihimo in Iga last year.  Yuko also received her PhD from Kyoto Institute of Technology.”


Class Description: The square braid has different patterns on the front and side. The floral pattern appears on the front and the dot pattern appears on the side. Creating two necklaces of different lengths, you can enjoy four different atmospheres with combination of patterns. In the class, students will learn how to braid two-faced square braid and finish it into a necklace.

Kits: Kits cost $30. Kits will be purchased directly from the instructor at the In PersonGathering AND MUST BE PAID FOR IN CASH. Kits will contain two colors of Japanese precut silk threads and magnetic clasps. Students can choose their own colors.

Student Equipment: Marudai, 12 tama with cotton leader threads, counter weight (about  40% counter weight of total tama weight), and a chopstick.

Experience Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: Students should be experienced and comfortable working with Japanese precut fibers.