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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Volunteer of the Year Beth Hardy

Volunteer of the Year

Beth Hardy has been recognized as the AKS Volunteer of the Year for her work as the Social Media Editor. If you have been on the AKS FaceBook page then you are familiar with the wonderful and informative daily content provided by Beth. Beth also manages the AKS Pinterest and Instagram pages.

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Member Spotlight: Beth Hardy

Beth Hardy is truly a traveling kumista. After serving 21 years in the US Navy and a second career working as a horticulturist, Beth and her husband bought an Airstream Travel Trailer, gave up their permanent address, and started an adventure that many of us only dream of. That was 8 years ago. Her hobbies […]

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Giovanna Imperia

Member Spotlight: Giovanna Imperia

Giovanna Imperia is a self-taught kumista. She began braiding in the early 90’s after she purchased a book written by Rodrick Owen. That led her to more books written by Makiko Tada and Jacqui Carey, a book on how to use the ayatakedai by Makiko’s mother and then to actual workshops with the braiding greats […]

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Member Spotlight: Rosalie Neilson

Rosalie Neilson has been making kumihimo braids for more than 35 years. In 1980, she visited a Tokyo kimono factory, became enamored with kumi braids, took a private class, and came home with a marudai, kakudai, and two instruction books written in Japanese. Throughout the years she has developed into a true master of the […]

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Is It Kumihimo if it didn’t come from Japan?

A good friend and troublemaker recently asked the question “Does it have to come from Japan to be Kumihimo?” My first inclination was to dismiss the question because the answer seems fairly obvious – if I use a Kumihimo pattern to produce a braid, then, of course, its kumihimo. In retrospect, the answer is not […]

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