Welcome to Intro to Marudai Braiding taught by Carolyn Oliver Haushalter. This is an overview eCourse on the basics to get started braiding with precut Silk or Imposter/Biron on a marudai. After fundamental techniques are reviewed, Carolyn will guide students through braids from the Cathryn Martin book "Kumihimo: Japanese silk braiding techniques.".


Carolyn Oliver Haushalter has been making jewelry for two decades. In 2006 she discovered kumihimo and it became her favorite technique and obsession. Her favorite braids combine traditional techniques with modern materials.

She has studied extensively with many master braiders, including Rodrick Owen, Jacqui Carey, Rosalie Neilson, and Makiko Tada. Carolyn has been teaching kumihimo for over ten years, including a class at the 2018 AKS Gathering and several online courses for AKS members, as well as in locations around the greater Pittsburgh area, and will be teaching at the 2020 AKS Gathering. She is the event coordinator and former co-chair of Pittsburgh’s Premier Bead Society: OCBPA.

Prerequisite: Participants must have a copy of the book and marudai equipment as listed in the Supply & Materials List

Module 1 Introduction and Class Materials
Unit 1 Class Introduction  
Unit 2 Materials & Supply List  
Module 2 Marudai Fundamentals
Unit 1 Marudai  
Unit 2 Tama, Leaders and Counterweights  
Unit 3 Chopstick, Scissors & Measuring Tape  
Module 3 Fiber Management
Unit 1 Braiding Fibers  
Module 4 Set up on Marudai
Unit 1 Attaching Fibers to Tama and Adding Counterweight  
Unit 2 Twisting Fibers & Test Braid  
Module 5 Reading Marudai Diagrams
Unit 1 Reading Marudai Patterns  
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