AKS Virtual Gathering 2020

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    • 7-Strand Pearl Necklace
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 17 Instructor: Yin Guang This 7-Strand braided Pearl Necklace is created solely for the class of AKS virtual Gathering. The necklace features an artfully blended mix of beads in different sizes, colors, and shapes. In the project, pattern design is introduced for a beaded focal section in 7-Strand Pearl necklace. This pattern design will open up a lot of possibilities for creating varieties of stylish braided projects with some of your bead stash. In the class, the pattern principle, the template I created, and the techniques to set up the bead sequencing will be described and demonstrated, as well as other techniques used in this design.
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    • Braided Splendor
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 3 Instructor: Rebecca Combs The Braided Splendor pushes the limited of what's possible with beaded kongoh gumi.  In this class you'll learn how to manipulate the structure of the braid using a precise bead count to create the illusion of hand-stitched beaded beads.  Other techniques includes braiding around a core and dropping multiple beads at once.
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    • Edo Yatsu Gumi Spirals and Stripes
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 3 Instructor: Rosalie Neilson The patterns of 8-element Edo Yatsu Gumi, when worked with two colors, are like rivulets that flow along the length of the braid. Learn the layout for a spiraling stripe. See how it can be as regular as a barber pole or zig and zag along the braid.  It can also form straight pathways or veer into ever-widening spirals. Learn how one color layout can navigate all these different pathways. The workshop focus is on learning how to make the braid. Use your preferred method for set-up and finishing.
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      AvatarMarlene Golden

    • Embellished Oimatsu
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 10 Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell In this class students will learn how to embellish an oimatsu braid using four additional warps with pearls. Once students learn this technique they will be able to explore limitless possibilities using all sorts of beads to create their own unique designs.
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    • F-Frets to Flowers Edo Yatsu Gumi
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 13 Instructor: Rosalie Neilson

      Edo Yatsu Gumi, when interlaced in a single color, is the 8-element braid used most frequently to accompany a focal bead in a necklace. However, when Edo Yatsu is worked with two colors, the braid itself becomes a patterned cord that can be used as a necklace. Learn how to transpose the 2-color F-Fret Pattern of Edo Yatsu Gumi into the Flower Pattern of Double Edo Yatsu. Learn how to alternate the colors of the Flower and how to switch back to the F-Fret Pattern.

      The workshop focus is on learning how to make the braid. Use your preferred method for set-up and finishing.

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    • Inside Out Edo Yatsu
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 3 Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell This unique necklace layers a beaded braid on top of a fiber braid. Students will be able to decide whether to create an elegant necklace or something for everyday wear depending on the beads they choose to use. Just about any bead will work; gemstones, crystals, pearls or seed beads. Adrienne will guide you on how to combine different beads to create your own unique look. No two braids will look the same!
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    • Look Ma I Shrunk the Takadai
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 10 Instructor: Giovanna Imperia

      This is a great opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of a small portable Takadai.  This baby takadai, developed in Japan, is designed for one-layer takadai and ayataka-dai braids.  The emphasis in this class, however, will be on takadai patterns which may present interesting jewelry design opportunities.  To that end, students will be able to utilize a variety of materials ideal for jewelry: from thermoplastic, to wire.  Time permitting, students will have an opportunity to experiment with appropriate finishing techniques.

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      AvatarMarlene Golden

    • Master the Flow: Transitions in Braids
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 - October 10 Instructor: Carolyn Oliver Moving from one braid structure to another in a single length of braiding material is a great way to add visual and tactile interest to a project. In this class, students will learn how to make seamless transitions from one structure to another, including how to read the point of braiding to determine when transitions should occur and how to choose the next structure. A mix of favorite and lesser-known braid structures will be taught.
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      AvatarCarolyn Haushalter

    • Silky Star
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 3 Instructor: Rebecca Combs The Silky Star combines beaded kongoh gumi with bead stitching to create an elegantly embellished necklace.  Learn how to follow a kumihimo stringing chart and how to modify the count for other lengths.  Once you understand the concept, the design possibilities are endless.
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    • Takadai Braids on the Octo Plate
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 17 Instructor: Giovanna Imperia Always wanted to learn to braid on the Takadai but never had the time or space for more equipment? Rejoice! With some minor adjustments, it is possible to use the Octo plate to make some one layer Takadai braids using up to 25 tama.  Because of the Octo plate design, the braids are softer and more open than their Takadai cousins. Therefore, they will be more suitable for jewelry or surface embellishments.  But the creative possibilities are limitless.  
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      AvatarJere Moskovitz

    • Textural Braids – Octo Plate
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 17 Instructor: Masumi Tada Learn how to make a variety of textured braids on the Octo plate including curved, twisted, serpentine, flat, and wide.  These unconventional braid styles have many design possibilities, including contemporary jewelry and edging on clothing or fabric. Learn how to achieve different textures using a variety of braiding materials.
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    • Three Braids – Three Bracelets
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 3 Instructor: Katherine Buenger

      Using tin thread, a fine wire made of pewter and 4% silver that is wrapped around a fiber core, you will learn three very different looking braids. A four strand round braid, a simple 6 strand braid and a lovely 7 strand braid with a twist running down the center of it. Braids will be finished with a glue-in silver plated magnetic clasp.

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    • Three Twisted Braids
      AKS Virtual Gathering 2020 Class - October 3 Instructor: Makiko Tada AKS is very honored that Makiko Tada has offered to teach one of her newest braids for the Virtual Gathering. Students will learn several versions of the twisted braid as well as how to make beautiful covered sections between the different braid samples.
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      AvatarBeth Hardy

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