Shirley completed City & Guilds Creative Studies: Textiles with distinction. She taught an early version of the Laramie braid in Japan at the First International Kumihimo Conference in 2007. She works at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in England, teaching the unsuspecting public about narrow wares, especially braiding. Be warned, however, such apparently innocent diversions can be addictive. She lives and teaches in both Canada and England.
Shirley can answer the question “That’s nice, dear, but what do you do with it?”
Katherine enjoys many fiber-related arts, including weaving, spinning, Kumihimo, ply-split braiding, and braiding with Sami tin thread. Whether it is spinning the yellow pages, computer tape, or adding telephone wire to weavings, she likes finding something different and fun to do with her art. Katherine has taught Sami-inspired bracelets at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Midwest Weavers Conference, MN Federation of Weavers and Spinners, and other venues. After teaching hundreds of students, she is still having fun sharing this Nordic craft with others.
Jacqui Carey is a maker, teacher, author and researcher of braids, having specialized in the subject since graduating from a degree in woven textiles in 1985. Her work as a practicing craftsperson is known worldwide, and her knowledge shared through teaching and numerous publications. She helped established the Braid Society, and is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar.
Rebecca Ann Combs
Rebecca Ann Combs is the author of two best-selling kumihimo books Kumihimo Basics & Beyond and Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified. She is best known for her concise technical writing and clear communication. A well-respected instructor, Rebecca has over twenty years of teaching experience, including at the American Kumihimo Society Gathering, the Bead & Button Show and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
Stephanie Eddy, Idaho, a jewelry designer for 45 years, has taught jewelry design across the U.S., in Europe and Japan. She has developed unique techniques and designs for the art of braiding with wire and fine cording, and is currently working on a braiding disk system, with a focus on wire and mini cord design applications, as well as a project design book.
Adrienne Gaskell’s innovations explore the ancient Japanese art of kumihimo. Her jewelry incorporates gemstones, pearls, and beads and has been featured in “Showcase 500 Art Necklaces” by Lark Books, Bead&Button’s BeadDreams competition, and the Toho Design Challenge. She exhibits at juried art shows and galleries across the county. Her teaching resume includes: The Braids 2012 in Manchester England, Braids 2016 in Tacoma, WA, Bead& Button show since 2006, Japanese Kumihimo Society and Toho Bead Company in Kyoto, Tokyo and Hiroshima Japan. Adrienne’s popular DVDs, Beaded Kumihimo on the Marudai, and More Beaded Kumihimo on the Marudai, were the first instructional videos for braiding with beads on the marudai.
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 with shaping and transforming the art piece.
Diana Miglionico-Shiraishi began her creative life as a floral designer for her mother’s flower shop. Just as in floral design Diana uses balance, movement, proportion, contrast, unity, texture and harmony in her kumihimo designs.
Diana’s life has given her an awareness of the contentment creativity can bring and enjoys learning new forms of creative expression whether it’s through travel, cooking, gardening, family or kumihimo.
Diana’s travels to Japan, where she discovered many Japanese handicrafts, inspired her to delve into kumihimo, ‘the gathering of threads’ that so clearly brings all her skills together through this ancient braiding technique.
Diana’s, Jasmine Tea Designs, fulfills her vision for an intimate boutique of ideas and products to help you to do the same.
Carol Miller Franklin began braiding in the early 1990s, and her work focuses on the marudai and takadai. Carol has had the privilege of studying with Japanese Master Braider Makiko Tada and with Rodrick Owen. Her work has been exhibited internationally and Carol has taught in conference, workshop and online settings across the United States for twenty years.
Rosalie Neilson is author of three design books for kumihimo structures, The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi,The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi, and Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots – Coils – Zags – Lines, documenting two-color designs for 16-elements. She taught Marudai courses at Convergence 2014 Providence, Braid Society’s 2016 Conference in Tacoma, and the first AKS Gathering 2017 in Tampa, and the first AKS Regional workshop 2018 in Ft. Meyers, Florida.
Carolyn has been a jewelry artist for nearly twenty years and has studied braiding for over a dozen years. She has taught braiding and beadweaving in the Western Pennsylvania area for over a decade. She has lead online classes and braid abouts for the AKS, and had a project published in the 2016 Kumihimo Fiber and Bead Jewelry magazine.
Makiko Tada of Japan is a master crafts person with over 45 years experience as an internationally recognized Kumihimo teacher. She is a braider, designer, researcher and lecturer at Kyoto Institute of Technology. She is the author of Comprehensive Treatise of Braids 1 to 7, along with other books and publications. Her research into braiding has taken her to Europe, the USA and Peru. She has taught and exhibited in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and Germany. And she is largely responsible for the growing international interest in the art of Kumihimo. She creates Kumihimo braids from both traditional designs and from her own original patterns. Makiko is also the inventor of the original round disc and square plate.