Beaded Kumihimo Triple Wrap Bracelet

– with Yin Guang Use the kumihimo technique to braid a partial beaded long rope. Students can make a beautiful triple wrap bracelet or a fun necklace with the rope. Students will learn how to use a template by gluing it on the top of the back of disk; how to set up cords, string […]

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The Show Stopper: Beaded Kumihimo

– with Rebecca Combs Learn beaded kumihimo as you make this dramatic necklace featuring luscious Unicorne Beads borosilicate glass beads. This all-levels class will cover both kumihimo fundamentals as well as advanced design concepts. Kits will be available in several colorways. Students will learn how to prepare the foam kumihimo disk for braiding including: calculating […]

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Beaded Kumihimo Leaf Necklace

– with Yin Guang Braid long magatama seed beads and a leaf pendant together to make a leaf branch necklace. Wire a tiny red ladybug to the leaf for a braided beauty of nature! Students will learn how to use a round foam disk to braid a beaded rope and incorporate a pendant, and bond […]

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Kumihimo Marudai Fundamentals

with Adrienne Gaskell This in-depth two-day class will teach students the basics and beyond of using a marudai for kumihimo braids. Students will make beaded braids, both the 2-Drop Kongoh (round braid) and Continuous Beaded Braid (fully beaded) and will also use traditional Japanese fibers to make multiple braid structures. Students will learn how to […]

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Essential Kumihimo

– with Rebecca Combs Learn all the tips, tricks, and techniques of kumihimo! You can make your own beautiful beaded necklace. Kumihimo is the Japanese art of braiding. Originally used to braid lacing for the Samurai’s armor, today it is a popular jewelry-making technique. Warning: Kumihimo is very addictive. It’s fast, easy, and fun! Students […]

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TOHO Presents Demi-Licious Kumihimo Bracelet

– with Bob Galivan Learn how to make a unique and lovely kumihimo bracelet with endless possibilities for design variations. Using a blend of Toho hex, demi, round, and magatama beads, students will focus on designing patterns for the bracelet. Then you will master the adaptation of the traditional Anda-gumi kumihimo braid, worked on the […]

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New from Gathering

Our inaugural Gathering was an outstanding success. With 71 attendees from around the country, and 10 outstanding teachers, it was a full weekend of braiding. Each morning, we started with a presentation; Friday morning was Makiko Tada on the History and Future of Kumihimo. Saturday featured Adrienne Gaskell with thoughts on the artistic design process, […]

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Braids 2016 Conference

The International Braid Society’s conference, Braids 2016, was held in Tacoma from July 24-July 29th. It was truly an international gathering, with 181 registrants from 14 countries. The conference hosted 30 teachers from around the world, who gave an impressive 36 classes over four days. The entire AKS board was there, as were a number […]

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Kumihimo at the 2016 Bead & Button Show

In just a few weeks, beading enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Milwaukee, WI for the 2016 Bead & Button Show. This year  instructors will be teaching 15 Kumihimo classes, including a 4 day Master Class taught by Adrienne Gaskell. Saturday June 4 – Tuesday June 7 Kumihimo Master Class – Textured Beaded […]

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