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Dali Museum

A one-hour tour of the Dali Museum and lunch at a restaurant on beautiful St. Pete Beach.

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Meet the Teachers Reception

oin your fellow kumistas for a fun-filled evening of light food and drink and the chance to meet our esteemed faculty!

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Morning Presentations

Keep updated on the latest about our morning presentions.

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Marketplace Vendors (Thursday)

Introducing our Market Vendors

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Gaskell & Shankey Designs

Adrienne Gaskell

Lanyard Challenge

Show off your lanyards!

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Friday Classes & Happenings
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Not Kumihimo - the Laramie

With 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 time to play with variations and you should complete a project of your choice.

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Tin Thread and Beads, Two Bracelets, Two Looks

With 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.

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Kumihimo Math: Introduction or Counted Fades

With Rebecca Ann Combs Learn to plan out exactly how many beads you need per section when designing with both solid color and patterned blocks, and learn how to accurately estimate the length of your design based on the number of seed beads in the pattern. Bring your calculator!

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Creative Kumihimo

Creative Kumihimo with 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 equipment and materials; techniques and the impact of the maker; and the structure and pattern of braids.

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Intro to Beaded Braids on the Marudai

Introduction to Beaded Braids on the Marudai with Adrienne Gaskell 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 are made using long continuous strands of beads that are braided in the same manner as fiber braids. Students will be required to do pre-class prep of loading beads onto cords to be braided in class.

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Lace

Lace with Diana Miglionico-Shiraishi Create this partially beaded kumihimo necklace while learning the movement sequences of yatsu-kongoh gumi (8 strand Z spiral braid) and dropping beads to a counted bead design. You will also learn how to add focal beads and embellishments by removing your unfinished design from the disk and putting it back on the disk to completion. In addition, you will be able to size this necklace to your own specifications.

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A Braiders Tour of Europe

With Carolyn Oliver-Haushalter In this class, we will make four Victorian Hair braids using hand methods and on a foam disk.

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One Braid … Many Designs

With 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 explore a range of design variations. By organizing threads in different configurations – both balanced and unbalanced — on the Marudai, students will be able to create interesting and innovative designs. These designs can be made even more interesting by using non-traditional materials.

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Leno Braid Jewelry & Flowers

With Makiko Tada The Leno braid is made on the square plate and is a modified version of an Anda-gumi braid. In this variation, some strands act as warps that are twisted and intersect with strands acting as wefts which produce an open weave fabric.

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Adrienne Gaskell

Intro to Marudai Braiding

Intro to Marudai Braiding with Carol Miller 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 Imposter, a silk substitute from Japan. All equipment and supplies will be provided.

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Saturday Classes & Happenings
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Sami Inspired Bracelet and Tin Thread Necklace

With Katherine Buenger These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, who are the native people from the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The bracelets are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. Using tin thread (4% silver), students will learn how to make a 5 strand braid and then use the braid to create a necklace! Students can choose the necklace length and thread width. Choice of either reindeer antler or stone donuts and leather closures.

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The Marudai Mirror

With Jacqui Carey The surface of a marudai is known as the kagami (mirror), and it has been said that the braid is a reflection of the maker. What do you see? This workshop is designed to encourage students to explore and develop their own creativity. Students will be guided through some gentle exercises to gain a better understanding of process, practice and product. Instead of ‘trying too hard’, build your confidence to enjoy finding your own unique character. Who knows where we will end up!

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Electric Heartbeat

With Rebecca Ann Combs In this exciting, electric-charged class you'll explore the fascinating relationship between the structures of Edo Yatsu and Kongoh Gumi! Learn how to transition between the two braids while simultaneously transitioning between dropping beads and continuous beads. You’ll also learn how to calculate the number of beads needed for the project and how to visually estimate the amount of counterweight required throughout the project.

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Meet the Takadai

With Carol Miller Franklin Try your hand at braiding on one of several takadai set up with a variety of braid structures. We will cover the set-up, braiding technique, and diagram reading for the takadai.

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Demi-licious Beaded Bracelet

Demi-licious Anda-gumi 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.

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Dual Spiral Hybrid

With Stephanie Eddy Create a bracelet and necklace using a16-strand, dual-section, spiral design technique, inspired by the spiraling effects of the Laramie Braid. This is a new twist on the laramie, incorporating metallic cord and a dimensional floral design. Learn the basics of the 5-bead spiral approach to design, as well as structure and finishing techniques.

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Wire Lariat with Felt Balls

With Giovanna Imperia In this class, students will design their own lariat with felted balls and wire. They will be able to choose their own 8-strands braid structure and will learn how to integrate felted balls and Jelly Yarn ® in the design. Students’ creativity will come into play when deciding color schemes as well as when and how to integrate these supplemental elements. The same approach can be used with other types of embellishments such as different styles of beads and different types of cording materials.

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Paisley

With Diana Miglionico-Shiraishi Create this partially beaded kumihimo necklace while learning the movement sequences of yatsu-kongoh gumi (8 strand Z spiral braid) and dropping beads to a counted bead design. You will also learn how to add focal beads and embellishments by removing your unfinished design from the disk and returning it back to the disk to completion. In addition, you will be able to size this necklace to your own specifications.

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The Aiko Shippou Bracelet

With Adrienne Gaskell This versatile leather bracelet uses the Shippou braid. This joining of the Maru Yotsu braid was first created by Aiko Sakai, Makiko Tada’s mother. Students will learn how to make this braid in varying widths as well as how to add focal beads into the braid while braiding.

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Inside Out Braiding

A Study in 8 and 16 element braiding with Rosalie Neilson Two braid structures are the basis of this kumihimo study: 8-element Edo Yatsu Gumi and 16-element Kongo Gumi.

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Long and Winding Braid

With Makiko Tada Create braids using the half-sasanami technique which creates a lovely flat braid with turns and bends. This technique is suitable for making bracelets and necklaces, as it can produce unique patterns depending on the position of the bends. It is also possible to reverse the colors from outside to inside to produce a braid that change

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Adrienne Gaskell

Sunday Classes & Happenings
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Not Kumihimo - The Laramie Braid

With 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 time to play with variations and you should complete a project of your choice.

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Tin Thread and Beads, Two Bracelets, Two Looks

With 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.

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Indulgence

With Jacqui Carey End the conference with some pure silk indulgence, and create the perfect souvenir or take home gift. This design of English elegance creates a necklace by bringing together a tufted silk braid, ribbon and beads. It applies a concept that can be re-used with alternative materials. Kit: $35.00, includes Silk threads, ribbon, glass beads, beading thread, and needle.

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Memorandum Ensconced Vessel

With Stephanie Eddy< The Laramie Braid takes on a new spiral dimension, using wire and beads to form a 3-dimensional vessel that is presented as a tassel necklace. The independent vessel has a removable top cap and room to insert an inspirational note inside. This 12-strand braid also lends itself to create spiral-wired beads, which add an elegant accent to compliment the matching vessel design.

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Flat Braids on the Marudai

With Carol Miller Franklin Explore the variety of flat braids that can be created using 16 tama on the marudai. You’ll develop the skills particular to flat braids while creating reference samples of as many different flat structures as time allows.

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Compound Braids

With Giovanna Imperia In this class, students will learn how to create interesting braid designs by interlocking two sets of braid structures. In this type of compound braids, two groups of threads are treated as separate braids – each with its own set of moves. The two structures are then interconnected somewhere along the braiding process to create a more complex design.

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Loop the Loop

With Rosalie Neilson Two braid structures are the basis of this kumihimo study: 8-element Edo Yatsu Gumi and 16-element Naiki. Using two different colors of silk, braiders will investigate the different effects when a flat 16-element Naiki braid divides into two round, 8-element Yatsu Gumi cords. When the cords are the same lengths, they form small openings between them after they are rejoined into the Naiki interlacement. When the cords are different lengths, they form loops or picots which can appear on the same edge or zig-zag from side to side.

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Embellished Metallic Necklace

With Adrienne Gaskell Learn to work with Japanese metallic fibers while creating a sophisticated necklace embellished with Swarovski crystals. The braid is worked in two colors and is reversible so that it can be worn with or without bling.

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Alternating Baby Bamboo Technique

With Makiko Tada The baby bamboo technique utilizes a series of moves to create very interesting effects and changes within the braid.

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Adrienne Gaskell

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