June 2020

Dear Friends of AKS, In spite of the COVID Lockdown, it is an exciting time for AKS. First, and foremost, we hope you are doing well and staying safe! And we hope you are braiding up a storm. Makiko’s revised Marudai “Bible” is available, Rebecca Combs has a new book released this week, and the […]

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May 2020

From the Editor Greetings All, I hope you are safe and doing well.  In this email, we feature: Registration for Carolyn Haushalter’s new eStudy Group based on Catherine Martin’s book, An article by Shirley Berlin on how to “keep your bobbins as smooth as a baby’s bottom,” A pattern for a 4th of July American […]

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How To Keep Your Bobbins (Tama) Smooth…

by Shirley Berlin Bobbins should be as “smooth as a baby’s bottom”. If you ever want to work with fine strands of silk, 80 or so to the bobbin, you will need bobbins without snags or flaws. Diehard braiders want bobbins to be silky smooth! Occasionally you may need to smooth out your bobbins, or […]

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Member Spotlight: Beth Hardy

Beth Hardy is truly a traveling kumista. After serving 21 years in the US Navy and a second career working as a horticulturist, Beth and her husband bought an Airstream Travel Trailer, gave up their permanent address, and started an adventure that many of us only dream of. That was 8 years ago. Her hobbies […]

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Carolyn Haushalter

Member Spotlight: Carolyn Haushalter

Carolyn is a well regarded kumihimo teacher and has been very gracious with her time teaching online classes for AKS members. Her most recent class featured her favorite braid, edo yatsu. Visit her website, www.topcenter.typepad.com, to find information on threads, beads, and kumihimo topics of interest such as, kongoh gumi Z spiral vs. S spiral.

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Member Spotlight: Rosalie Neilson

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 […]

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