January 2023 Virtual Gathering

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AKS hopes you enjoyed your classes and are busy braiding.

Don’t forget to Share Your Braids. We all would like to see what you have accomplished.

Ocean Beach Necklace

$90

Instructor: Yin Guang

Combine the 16 strand Ridge Spiral with the 16 strand pearl embellished Sasanami to make an interesting and lovely necklace. This necklace, both a spiral braid and a flat braid, is created on a round disk.

Two sessions: Saturday, January 7th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern and Sunday, January 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern Time

Note: if you are purchasing a kit for this class, you should order as soon as possible since delivery cannot be guaranteed in time for the class.

Full Description

The Ocean Beach Necklace

The Ocean Beach Necklace with two different braids brings imagination to life.The back half of this necklace is a 16 tama Z-Ridged-Spiral and the front half is a 16 strand variation Sasanami with embellished fresh water pearls. This necklace is made on a round disk.

In this class, students will learn:

  • How to transit the ridged spiral to the flat braid on the round foam disk
  • How to apply the technique of this variation Sasanami flat braid.
  • How to count braid stitches to arrange the color pattern.

Instructor: Yin Guang

Yin Guang is a creative designer. She has been teaching Kumihimo in national shows for more than 7 years. Her passion in teaching and her positive attitude is very appreciated by her students. She is always very encouraging and takes time to help her students.

Yin has an MD in Education which helps her pay attention to the details of design. She tries to use her knowledge of science to enhance the understanding of the pattern behind the beauty of Kumihimo. She loves to play with beads and colors. She has taught at Bead and Button, BeadFest and Tucson Bead Show as well as Arlington and Newton Community Schools for several years. Her classes in Bead & Button were big hits and sold out quickly. Her passion for beads and her positive attitude of teaching has won her many compliments.

Yin was the owner of the Ancient Moon Beads Shop at Watertown MA since 1994 until November 2019. Now, she designs and sells her creative Kumihimo kits at shows as well as Etsy. (etsy.com/shop/ancientmoondesigns). Her Etsy store has very high ratings in both customer satisfaction and shipping speed!

Saturday, January 7th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern and Sunday, January 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern Time

Class Format:

This class consists of two 2 hour sessions presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

Basic Equipment and Materials:

After you have registered for this class there is a kit available. The cost is $39 including US shipping .

This Ocean Beach Necklace kit comes in six color ways: Black – Turquoise, Blue – Purple, Lt Blue – Turquoise, Purple – Blue, Silver – Grey and Turqoise – Lt Blue.

Equipment:

  • Round foam disk
  • Ruler
  • Awl
  • Round nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Super glue gel

Supplies for an 18″ – 20″ Necklace:

  • 1 mm satin cord: six (6) 80” pieces in color 1 and two (2) 120” in color 2
  • 1 set glue on end cap clasps with an inside diameter of 8mm
  • 1 8″ inch piece of 26G craft wire
  • five (5) 4mm x 5mm fresh water pearls
  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AncientmoonDesigns

Experience Level:

This is an intermediate class requiring some experience setting up and working with fiber on disk.

Moving On With The Laramie Braid

$90
Instructor: Shirley Berlin
Shirley looks again at the Laramie braid and a close cousin – with variations, adding beads and playing with the core threads. In Week 2, we’ll make a wire necklace.
Two Sessions: Saturday, January 7, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern and Saturday, January 14, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Full Description

Moving On With The Laramie Braid

This addictive 3-D spiral braid is based on a straw-plaiting braid of European origin. It is made most easily on a foam disc because of the jumping progression of the threads around a core. (It isn’t Kumihimo – the structure is completely different.)

For beginners, we’ll start with the basic technique but for those who have already met this addictive braid, we will move along quickly to variations such as changing the number of threads, how they are grouped and their positions on the disc. We’ll use the fact that there is a core creatively, manipulating it in and out. Also, we’ll add beads, both inside and out.

I have found another straw-plaiting braid with fiber and wire potential and have started experimenting with it. We’ll look at what possibilities this structure will hold.

During Week 2 we will be working with wire, taming wire and adding chain endings to make a necklace. There will be time for Show and Tell – sharing results from Week 1.

The history of this braid is still being written and this is your opportunity to add to that history.

Kit Information: A limited number of kits are available for this class because Shirley creates a kit just for you. It matches your favorite color and does not include your least favorite. The kit is only available to individuals that purchase the class. Again, each kit will be unique to the individual braider in colors and elements.

Please note: As Shirley will be mailing kits from Canada, kits will be purchased directly from Shirley not through AKS.

Kit information

Instructor: Shirley Berlin

Shirley loves to teach kumihimo and other narrow wares workshops. She is particularly interested in basic kumihimo and its myriad variations: texture, thick and thin, distortion, adding bumps or beads, beginnings and endings. With time, she has come to appreciate that the foam disc has more possibilities than she first thought.

Shirley has been braiding since the 1980’s and is a founding member of both AKS and the Braid Society. As BerlinBraids she and Peter make marudais and tama in Canada. She can answer the question “That’s nice, dear, but what do you do with it?”

Shirley was born and currently lives in Canada. Additionally, she is has lived around the world in Sweden, Holland, Germany, France, Russia and England.

Website: www.shirleyberlin.com

Saturday, January 7, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern and Saturday, January 14, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Class Format:

This class consists of two 2 hour sessions presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

Basic Equipment and Materials:

  • Use what you have! If you haven’t made this braid before, you’ll understand more after the first class so don’t rush out to shop just yet.

Experience Level:

No experience is required

Next Steps in Crown Sennits

$90

Instructor: Carol Wang

Finish a lariat of Sennit Knotting with a tassel of beautiful and delicate embellished knots. No equipment is necessary.

Two sessions: Saturday, January 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time and Saturday, January 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time.

Full Description

Next Steps in Sennit Braiding

Creating a sennit is literally tying one knot on top of another to create band or braid.  Crown sennit braids do not require a loom or disk: knots are completed by simply holding the cords or bundles of fibre then moving and interlacing the elements with your hands. The technique is often considered braiding by kumihimo schools.

This two-session class will expand on sennit basics by changing the number of braided strands and modifying the strand layout from round to rectangular.  New variations that can be applied to any crown sennit include stellation and strand recombination.

Of course, any variety of crown sennit can also be tied as a good luck knot which will be demonstrated as well as finishing techniques.

Students will be acquiring the skills needed to create a lovely spiral lariat and decorative knotted tassel.

Instructor: Carol Wang

Following in the footsteps of her mother, a serial crafter who would change obsessions every few months moving from rug hooking to embroidery to decoupage, Carol Wang enjoys many crafts including beading, braiding, knitting, and crochet. Sparked by the gift of a book, she has been studying decorative knots (and collecting knotty books!) for nigh on 40 years.  Self-taught, she tries to share what she has learned by posting on http://chineseknotting.org  and http://knottynotions.com  and teaching to Girl Guides, exhibiting at Maker Fairs, and teaching at Braids.

Carol’s particular joy lies with finding or forging connections between disparate things.  Whether that might be exploring the use of the same knot in mizuhiki, net making, and boondoggling; turning theoretical mathematical objects into physical knots; or tying knots with fibre optic cables.  She also experiments with making technology like CNC and laser cutters, usually to make tools to assist with other crafts.

Saturday, January 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time and Saturday, January 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time.

Class Format:

This class consists of two 2 hour sessions presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

Equipment:

  • None required

Materials:

  • 2-3mm cord
  • scissors
  • paper
  • thread

While crown sennits can be tied in any number of materials from hay to plastic lacing to wire, for ease of learning I recommend a 2-3mm cord such as satin cord (also known as rattail) or blind shade cord.  Larger or smaller diameters such as paracord or thick beading cord can also be used as long as you are comfortable with the scale of the results.

Experience Level:

This class is perfect for beginners and for students who want to advance their knowledge of sennit braiding.

A Serendipity Zig Zag Necklace

$45

Instructor: Carol Benner

Learn the Zigs and Zags of the Zig Zag Braid and make a fun necklace or cuff  with curled tips using metallic threads.

Class: Sunday, January 8, 2023 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Full Description

A Serendipity Zigzag Necklace or Arm Cuff

Anda Gumi means “Easy to Braid” and is one of the simplest of braids to master. It is a basic over/under arrangement of threads and creates a strong flat braid. The recent invention of the Square Plate allows braiders to assemble an Anda Gumi or plain weave braid without using a takadai. A simple Anda Gumi variation – simply reversing the order of braiding at regular intervals — allows the braider to create a Zig Zag braid. Other tweaks or “hacks” will allow the braider to create other designs such as curling the zig zag tip to make a curly zig zag braid.

In this class, students will learn:

  1. Fundamentals of Anda Gumi including terminology,
  2. Setup of threads on the Square Plate and Anda Gumi moves,
  3. Zig Zag variation and a simple “hack” to make a curly zig zag tip, and
  4. Adding threads to the setup as needed.

The instructor will also demonstrate  how to widen or narrow parts of the Zigzag Braid and how to adjust the length of the Zig Zag point.

Students will be provided with a pattern and instructions to make lovely Zig Zag necklace or arm cuff with soft curly points.

Instructor: Carol Benner

Carol Benner has been braiding for a little more than 10 years. Because of a visual disability, she particularly likes braiding on the square and octo plates and exploring creative options on the foam disks.  She enjoys several other crafts including French Beaded Flowers, Knitting, Crochet and Origami. Carol is the author of The Art of French Beaded Flowers.

Carol is the current Vice President of the AKS.

Sunday, January 8, 2023 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Class Format:

This class consists of one two hour session presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

Equipment

  • Square Plate – available from BraidersHand or Kumihimo Resource
  • 16 E-Z Bobs
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and paper for notes and to keep track of numbers of sequences

Supplies

Embroidery Metallic Floss. Please use one of the following brands for the cuff or necklace.

  • Artiste Metallic Pearl or Metallic Floss (8.75 yds or 8 m each) available from Hobby Lobby. Depending on your tension, for an 18 inch necklace, you will need 5 packages; for the cuff, you will need 4.
  • DMC 5 Pearl Metallics (27 m or 27.3 yds) from JoAnne Fabric. Depending on your tension, for an 18 inch necklace you will need 2 packages. For the cuff, you will need one package.
  • S-lon or C-lon or yarn for practice

Experience Level:

This class is perfect for everyone including beginners.

Kumihimo Compound Braids: Explore the Creative Possibilities

$45

Instructor: Giovanna Imperia

Explore the infinite creative possibilities of Kumihimo through compound braids. This class is a fascinating approach on how to combine two braid structures resulting in an entirely new look.

Class: Sunday, January 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time

Full Description

Kumihimo Compound Braids: Explore The Creative Possibilities

In this workshop we will experiment with “Compound Braids” – braid structures made of two separate but interconnected braids, each with its own unique set of moves.  This is a great way to expand the creative possibilities of Kumihimo on the marudai or disk.

Class will be demonstration and discussion, with separate how-to videos of several compound braids, to allow the student to experiment and practice samples after class.

Instructor: Giovanna Imperia

Giovanna Imperia is the author of Kumihimo Wire Jewelry and many articles on braiding and weaving. Her work has been exhibited and is included in private and museum collections throughout the United States and internationally. Giovanna’s work focuses on the exploration of tactile and organic nature of fiber while pushing the boundaries of the expected definition of body adornment and 3D objects. This is accomplished by actively involving the user through the concept of “transformation” – the idea of actively engaging the user in shaping and transforming the art piece.

Giovanna is President of the American Kumihimo Society.

Sunday, January 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time

Class Format:

This class consists of one two hour session presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

Basic Equipment and Materials (a more specific supply list will be provided to those registered for the class):

Equipment:

Marudai

  • 16 tama/bobbins in whatever weight you are comfortable using
  • Appropriate counterweight
  • Chopstick

OR

  • Disk
  • 16 EZ Bobs

Giovanna recommends working on the Marudai as it is much easier to learn these braids and understand how the different types of moves interact with each other. But if students are not as comfortable on the Marudai, they will be able to work on a disk.

Supplies:

Pre-work

  • Instructions will be provided before class for warping directions.
  • Videos will be provided before class for anyone who needs instruction or a refresher on basic marudai moves.

Experience Level:

Students must be very comfortable braiding a variety of 8-strands braids on their equipment of choice. Preferred but not required: some familiarity with 16-strands braids.

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