Introduction to Beaded Braids on the Marudai

Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell LIMITED SEATING. This technique class will introduce students to the two different types of fully beaded braids. Students will learn how to use a marudai to make 2-drop kongoh gumi (round braid), the braid that beads are dropped into the braid as the tama are moved and continuous beaded braids, where braids […]

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Introduction to Marudai Braiding

Instructor: Carol Franklin Experience the joy of braiding on a marudai before investing in traditional equipment. You will learn how to prepare the marudai for braiding, kumihimo terminology and how to read braiding diagrams. Create samples of as many different 8-tama braids as time allows – square, round, flat, hollow, and other shapes – using […]

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Kumihimo Math: Introduction to Counted Fades

LIMITED SEATING Instructor: Rebecca Ann Combs Learn to plan out exactly how many beads you need per section when designing with both solid color and patterned blocks. You’ll also learn how to accurately estimate the length of your design based on the number of seed beads in the pattern. Bring your calculator! Apply what you’ve […]

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Creative Kumihimo

Instructor: Jacqui Carey The workshop is an in-depth look at the basic building blocks of kumihimo on a marudai. The aim is to understand the what, why and how of the technique, in order to improve and control the decision-making process for creative work. Students will make a series of samples to gain familiarity with […]

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Tin thread and beads, two bracelets two looks

Instructor: Katherine Buenger In bracelet one, students will learn to add beads to a three-strand tin thread braid, then sew on to reindeer leather to make a fun bracelet. In bracelet two, students will add beads to a four-strand braid, then glue on the clasp to make a quick and easy elegant bracelet. Kit: $45.00, […]

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Laramie technique with Shirley Berlin

Not Kumihimo: The Laramie

Instructor: Shirley Berlin This straw-plaiting braid is the big sister of the 7 strand Fill-the-gap braid. It is braided around a core, which leads to multiple possibilities. It can be beaded, have disappearing colors, be delicate or chunky. It can be made with various materials, wire for example. Or wire with beads. We will have […]

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One Braid … Many Designs

Instructor: Giovanna Imperia Design variations can be created in a braid by simply organizing threads in different ways on the Marudai without changing the structure (i.e., using the same set of moves that make a given structure). In this class, students will experiment with one of the most familiar braid structure — kongoh – and […]

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Carol Franklin

Carol Miller Franklin

Gainesville, Florida, USA Carol Miller Franklin began braiding in the early 1990s, and her work focuses on the marudai and takadai. Carol has had the privilege of studying with Japanese Master Braider Makiko Tada and with Rodrick Owen. Her work has been exhibited internationally and Carol has taught in conference, workshop and online settings across […]

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Stephanie Eddy

Stephanie Eddy

Garden City, Idaho, USA Stephanie Eddy, a jewelry designer for 45 years, has taught jewelry design across the U.S., in Europe and Japan. She has developed unique techniques and designs for the art of braiding with wire and fine cording and is currently working on a braiding disk system, with a focus on wire and […]

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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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