Giovanna Imperia is a self-taught kumista. She began braiding in the early 90’s after she purchased a book written by Rodrick Owen. That led her to more books written by Makiko Tada and Jacqui Carey, a book on how to … Continue reading →
What are those bracelets seen on the wrists of Benedict Cumberbatch, Usher, Sheryl Crow, and Dennis Quaid? They are Sami bracelets made by SwedArt. They have become quite popular and are also fun to make. This jewelry is based on the designs of the Sami people. These Finno-Ugric … Continue reading →
Salvador Dali Museum and Lunch on the Beach Tour Thursday, October 25, 2018, 10:30am to 3:30pm Join us for a tour of the Dali Museum and lunch at a restaurant on beautiful St. Pete Beach. Our tour bus will depart … Continue reading →
Alternating Baby Bamboo Technique Makiko Tada SOLD OUT Class Date: Sunday, October 28th The baby bamboo technique utilizes a series of moves to create very interesting effects and changes within the braid. Students will be guided to explore the possibilities … Continue reading →
Loop the Loop Rosalie Neilson Class Date: Sunday, October 28th 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 … Continue reading →
Compound Braids Giovanna Imperia Class Date: Sunday, October 28th 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 … Continue reading →
Embellished Metallic Necklace Adrienne Gaskell LIMITED SEATING Class Date: Sunday, October 28th Students will 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 … Continue reading →
Survey of Edo Yatsu Bob Galivan Class Date: Sunday, October 28th The Edo-yatsu braid is one of the basic Kumihimo braids, yet offers many lovely variations. The base edo-yatsu is an 8-strand braid that can be enhanced with simple color … Continue reading →
Flat Braids on the Marudai Carol Miller Franklin Class Date: Sunday, October 28th 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 … Continue reading →
Memorandum Ensconced Vessel Stephanie Eddy Class Date: Sunday, October 28th 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 … Continue reading →
Our meals and workshops will take place at the gorgeous Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California. It’s only 40 minutes from the San Diego airport, but feels like a world away from everything!
Arrive in the afternoon and settle into your room. We’ll meet up in the garden before dinner to get to know each other and for some kumihimo show & tell. Be sure to bring your favorite necklaces! Enjoy a private dinner for our group at the on-site Veranda Fireside Restaurant. After the party winds down, you’ll retreat to your private bedroom and have sweet dreams of kumihimo.
Friday morning we’ll start the first workshop session after breakfast. You’ll explore the math of pattern, proportion, and design in Kumihimo. After our fabulous veranda lunch we’ll continue the workshop. Our evenings are reserved for relaxing and merry making! You might go out to dinner with some of your new friends or maybe you’ll unwind with a glass of wine by the pool? Enjoy the time in this serene oasis and be inspired to fill your notebook with new kumihimo designs.
Saturday follows the same format as Friday with our workshop focus shifting to the art and science of color theory. You’ve been experimenting with different design concepts and now your plan is starting to take shape! Your mind is really spinning now with all sorts of braiding possibilities.
Sunday morning after breakfast we have our last workshop session. You may be putting the finishing touches on your master plan or it may have moved on to write another, but either way you leave bursting with fresh ideas and the confidence to create your own designs. After we recap what we learned together, we say our goodbyes and return home. (or perhaps you extend your stay and explore the area!)