The Great Bead Escape is about learning something new, trying something different, creating new friendships, all while making beautiful jewelry. Most of the classes are perfect for the beginner or someone that wants more practice in a certain area.
Embellished Spiral Kumihimo taught by Susan Sudnik
Those 2 hole beads got to me! You will apply the basics of kumihimo, but will take your necklace to the next level. While we create a basic 8 strand round kumihimo, we will be using two-hole lentils in the front of the necklace. Once the braiding is completed, we will go back and embellish the second hole of the lentils! A variety of embellishments will be demonstrated. Elements of design and proportion will be discussed. Students will have a variety of colors to choose from. Fun for all!!!
Skill Level: All Levels
Classes Offered: Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM
Today we will work on Strawberry Kisses Lariat, using a focal bead or two instead of the tassle as shown in the book. Both Jackie and I have worked with the synthetic silk, as called for in the book, and both of us advise against it!!! If you want to try it out for yourself, however, here is the information : Imposter- Synthetic Kumihimo Threads From Japan by Name (62)
Imposter comes in 67 colors and has 39 threads in each section for a total of 156 threads in a package. The threads are 105″ (2.7m) long. Braiders Hand
We will use 1 mm bugtail satin cord at $0.10 per yard. Of course, you are free to bring in any cord that you would like to use.
We are using How to make 50 Fabulous Kumihimo Braids by Beth Kemp as a guide to studying Kumihimo on the square disk. ( ISBN:978-0-7641-6799-7) This book is available through Amazon for $14.95 using Prime. It is also available through several used book sellers through Amazon, usually in the $10-12 range including shipping. Since we will be using this book for probably the remainder of the year, or possibly longer, I would encourage each of you to get your own copy. I will NOT be printing out copies of the instructions, as I feel that the author has a right to be paid for her work.