2019 AKS Gathering Retreat ● Oregon

AUGUST 19 – 22, 2019 Mt. Hood Oregon Resort Four days of kumihimo immersion, 2 six-hour sessions with each instructor Breakfast and lunch provided on class days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Farewell Dinner Thursday evening $750 Retreat Fee* Enjoy an intimate retreat experience – Limited spots available Registration Opens January 19, 2019 @ 12:00pm […]

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Meet the Teachers Reception

Friday, October 26, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:30pm Join your fellow kumistas for a fun-filled evening of light food and drink and the chance to meet our esteemed faculty!  With so many famous kumihimo instructors gathered in one place, now is your opportunity to interact with them in a relaxed, social setting and even have them […]

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Alternating Baby Bamboo Technique

SOLD OUT  Instructor: Makiko Tada The baby bamboo technique utilizes a series of moves to create very interesting effects and changes within the braid. Students will be guided to explore the possibilities of this technique to create their own patterns. Kit: $20.00, includes Synthetic fiber (Shinon) Equipment provided by student: Marudai, 16 tama, 40% counterweight […]

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Makiko Tada

Makiko Tada

Tokyo, Japan Makiko Tada of Japan is a master craftsperson with over 45 years of experience as an internationally recognized Kumihimo teacher. She is a braider, designer, researcher and lecturer at Kyoto Institute of Technology. She is the author of Comprehensive Treatise of Braids 1 to 7, along with other books and publications. Her research […]

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Carolyn Haushalter

Carolyn Oliver-Haushalter

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Carolyn has been a jewelry artist for nearly twenty years and has studied braiding for over a dozen years. She has taught braiding and bead weaving in the Western Pennsylvania area for over a decade. She has lead online classes and braid-abouts for AKS and had a project published in the 2016 Kumihimo Fiber […]

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Rosalie Nielson

Oregon, USA Rosalie Neilson is the author of three design books for kumihimo structures, The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi, The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi, and Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots – Coils – Zags – Lines, documenting two-color designs for 16-elements. She taught Marudai courses at Convergence 2014 Providence, Braid […]

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Diana Miglionico-Shiraishi

Diana Miglionico-Shiraishi

El Dorado Hills, California, USA Diana Miglionico-Shiraishi began her creative life as a floral designer for her mother’s flower shop. Just as in floral design Diana uses balance, movement, proportion, contrast, unity, texture and harmony in her kumihimo designs. Diana’s life has given her an awareness of the contentment creativity can bring and enjoys learning […]

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Dali Museum + Lunch on the Beach

  SOLD OUT – Thursday, October 25, 2018, 10:30am to 3:30pm Join us for a tour of the Dali Museum and lunch at a restaurant on beautiful St. Pete Beach. Our tour bus will depart from the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel promptly at 10:30am and return to the hotel by 3:30pm. First stop is […]

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Loop the Loop

Loop the Loop

Instructor: Rosalie Neilson Two braid structures are the basis of this kumihimo study: 8-element Edo Yatsu Gumi and 16-element Naiki. Using two different colors of silk, braiders will investigate the different effects when a flat 16-element Naiki braid divides into two round, 8-element Yatsu Gumi cords. When the cords are the same lengths, they form […]

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Compound Braids

Compound Braids Giovanna Imperia Class Date: Sunday, October 28th In this class, students will learn how to create interesting braid designs by interlocking two sets of braid structures. In this type of compound braids, two groups of threads are treated as separate braids – each with its own set of moves. The two structures are […]

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