8-Element Braids

F-Frets to Flowers:
The Many Facets of Edo Yatsu Gumi

Instructor: Rosalie Neilson Edo Yatsu Gumi, when interlaced in a single color, is the 8-element braid used most frequently to accompany a focal bead in a necklace. However, when Edo Yatsu is worked with two colors, the braid itself becomes a patterned cord that can be used as a necklace. Learn how to transpose the […]

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Braided Splendor

Braided Splendor (D)

Instructor: Rebecca Combs The Braided Splendor pushes the limited of what’s possible with beaded kongoh gumi.  In this class, you’ll learn how to manipulate the structure of the braid using a precise bead count to create the illusion of hand-stitched beaded beads.  Other techniques include braiding around a core and dropping multiple beads at once. […]

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Takadai on Octoplate

Takadai Braids on the Octo Plate (D)

Instructor: Giovanna Imperia Always wanted to learn to braid on the Takadai but never had the time or space for more equipment? Rejoice! With some minor adjustments, it is possible to use the Octo plate to make some one layer Takadai braids using up to 25 tama.  Because of the Octo plate design, the braids […]

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Silky Star

Silky Star (D or M)

Instructor: Rebecca Combs The Silky Star** combines beaded kongoh gumi with bead stitching to create an elegantly embellished necklace.  Learn how to follow a kumihimo stringing chart and how to modify the count for other lengths.  Once you understand the concept, the design possibilities are endless. **This class is a pre-recorded offering affording access at […]

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Embellished Oimatsu

Embellished Oimatsu (M)

Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell In this class students will learn how to embellish an oimatsu braid using four additional warps with pearls. Once students learn this technique they will be able to explore limitless possibilities using all sorts of beads to create their own unique designs. Kit: $62 includes shipping, USA only.Kit contents: Japanese metallic fibers, […]

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Inside Out Necklace

Inside Out Edo Yatsu (M)

Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell This unique necklace layers a beaded braid on top of a fiber braid. Students will be able to decide whether to create an elegant necklace or something for everyday wear depending on the beads they choose to use. Just about any bead will work; gemstones, crystals, pearls or seed beads. Adrienne will […]

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Baby Takadai

Look Ma I Shrunk the Takadai (BT)

Instructor: Giovanna Imperia This is a great opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of a small portable Takadai.  This baby takadai, developed in Japan, is designed for one-layer takadai and ayataka-dai braids.  The emphasis in this class, however, will be on takadai patterns which may present interesting jewelry design opportunities.  To that end, students will […]

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Three Twisted Braids (M)

Instructor: Makiko Tada AKS is very honored that Makiko Tada has offered to teach one of her newest braids for the Virtual Gathering. Students will learn several versions of the twisted braid as well as how to make beautiful covered sections between the different braid samples. Kit: No kit, see student supply list. Student Supplies: […]

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Yin Guang

Yin Guang

Yin Guang is a creative designer. She has been teaching Kumihimo in national shows for more than 5 years. Her passion in teaching and attitude of helping people to “make things done” are very appreciated by her students. Mrs. Yin Guang has an MD education which helps her pay attention to the details of design. […]

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