Adrienne Gaskell

Adrienne Gaskell

St. Petersburg, Florida 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 BeadDreams competition, and the Toho Design Challenge. She exhibits at juried art shows and galleries across the county. Her teaching resume includes […]

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Giovanna Imperia

Giovanna Imperia

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 […]

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Braid Exchange

AKS Braid Exchange

Join the AKS Braid Exchange! What is a Braid Exchange? It is a group of braiders who make samples to share with one another through the mail. It’s a great way to share and learn.

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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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Rebecca Ann Combs

Tucson, Arizona, USA Rebecca Ann Combs is the author of two best-selling kumihimo books Kumihimo Basics & Beyond and Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified. She is best known for her concise technical writing and clear communication. A well-respected instructor, Rebecca has over twenty years of teaching experience, including at the American Kumihimo Society Gathering, the Bead & […]

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Katherine Buenger

Katherine Buenger

Minnesota, USA Katherine enjoys many fiber-related arts, including weaving, spinning, Kumihimo, ply-split braiding, and braiding with Sami tin thread. Whether it is spinning the yellow pages, computer tape, or adding telephone wire to weavings, she likes finding something different and fun to do with her art. Katherine has taught Sami-inspired bracelets at The Weavers Guild […]

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