2019 AKS Gathering Retreat ● Oregon

AUGUST 19 – 22, 2019 Mt. Hood Oregon Resort Four days of kumihimo immersion, 2 six-hour sessions with each instructor Breakfast and lunch provided on class days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Farewell Dinner Thursday evening $750 Retreat Fee* Enjoy an intimate retreat experience – Limited spots available Registration Opens January 19, 2019 @ 12:00pm […]

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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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Jane Peterson

Member Spotlight: Jane Peterson

Jane Peterson began beading in 1996 and discovered Kumihimo braiding in 2010 when she took a Marudai Basics class with Adrienne Gaskell. As a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner since 1988, she found she needed a creative outlet to balance her work life. The endless possibilities of braid structures along with bead stitches and techniques fascinates […]

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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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