Kumihimo at the 2016 Bead & Button Show

In just a few weeks, beading enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Milwaukee, WI for the 2016 Bead & Button Show. This year  instructors will be teaching 15 Kumihimo classes, including a 4 day Master Class taught by Adrienne Gaskell.

Saturday June 4 – Tuesday June 7

Kumihimo Master Class – Textured Beaded Braids

Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell

Description: Your kumihimo braids become your jewelry canvas limited only by your imagination. Sculptural beaded layers and three dimensional elements take shape simultaneously as you braid, using the 2-drop kongoh (round braid), both eight and twelve warp, and continuous beaded braids. When your braid is complete, so is your unique and original piece of jewelry.

Students will learn how to add dimensional elements during braiding to give braids an embellished look without requiring additional time after braiding; how to braid around flexible cores and rigid armatures; basic design principles to help you in planning your own unique jewelry.

Prerequisites: Students should have experience using a marudai. The program will benefit students who have a desire to advance their skills to a professional level.

Textured Beaded Braids Photo by Carl Israel
Textured Beaded Braids
Photo by Carl Israel

Sunday June 5th

Kumihimo Double Edge Branch Necklace

Instructor: Yin Guang

Description: Create this beautiful kumihimo braided necklace on a foam disk. The piece sparkles with 6/0 seed beads on one edge and magatama beads on the other edge.

Students will learn many techniques and tips for working with round foam disks.

Kumihimo Double Edge Branch Photo by Yin Guang
Kumihimo Double Edge Branch
Photo by Yin Guang

Renaissance Leather Braid

Instructor: Janna Lehmer

Description: Using leather and a few beads, we will bulk up kumihimo to give this braided necklace a nice, pronounced look. Students will learn how to braid with leather, incorporate beads, and finish with a glue-in acrylic magnetic clasp.

Renaissance Leather Braid Photo by Jenna Lehmer
Renaissance Leather Braid
Photo by Jenna Lehmer

Monday June 6

Kumihimo Hook Braid

Instructor: Yin Guang

(This class is also being taught on Tuesday 6/7)

Description: Make a beautiful kumihimo braid using a foam disk. This bracelet is made with 8/0 seed beads on colorful S-Lon cords. Students will learn many techniques and tips for working on a round foam disk.

Kumihimo Hook Braid Photo by Yin Guang
Kumihimo Hook Braid
Photo by Yin Guang

Tuesday June 7

Fantasy Wire Kumihimo

Instructor: Jann Lehmer

Description: By switching one element, you will create a one-of-a-kind focal component taking kumihimo to a whole new level. Students will learn how to manage long lengths of wire while braiding, unique finishing technique.

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of round kumihimo.

Fantasy Wire Kuihimo Photo by Janna Lehmer
Fantasy Wire Kuihimo
Photo by Janna Lehmer

 

Kumihimo Hook Bracelet

Instructor: Yin Guang

See Monday June 6th for description

Wednesday June 8

Kumihimo Bracelet Formula

Instructor: Linda Richman

Description: This pretty silver bracelet is one of the most wearable pieces you will ever make! The pewter flowers do not go all the way around the braid, which gives the piece a nice feel on the wrist. Students will make this braid on the disk, but will not finish in class.

Students will learn the formula for this pattern and many tips, techniques, and variations.

Prerequisites: Experience with the Yatsu Kongoh (2-drop) braid.

Kumihimo Bracelet Formula Photo by Linda Richman
Kumihimo Bracelet Formula
Photo by Linda Richman

 

Thursday June 9

TOHO Presents: Desert Sunset

Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell

Description: Make this unique kumihimo tassel necklace while learning to braid around a core support. Emphasis will be placed on marudai braiding techniques while maintaining consistent tension when using different sizes of beads in a braid. Students will learn how make beaded tassels with an ombre color blend, this great technique can be used for other jewelry projects.  Also, how to create beaded accents mid-braid without the difficulty of counting beads.

TOHO Presents: Desert Sunset Photo by Robert Diamante
TOHO Presents: Desert Sunset
Photo by Robert Diamante

Friday June 10

Beluga Bangles

Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell

Description: These elegant kumihimo bangle bracelets are designed to be stacked together for added drama and are also great worn individually. You will design your own styles, colors, and embellishments. Kit includes materials for three bracelets. Students will learn how to make kumihimo bracelets with a seamless join using a marudai (Japanese braiding table); how to create a creative connection using easy techniques that require no advanced skills.

Prerequisites: Two of the embellishments require right-angle weave experience. However, students will have plenty to choose from that do not require any advanced training.

Beluga Bangles Photo by Robert Diamante
Beluga Bangles
Photo by Robert Diamante

Tierra Cast Presents: Check Me Out: 16 Warp Hollow Basket Weave Kumihimo

Instructor: Rebecca Combs

Description: You’ll add several new skills to your kumihimo repertoire in this fast-paced intermediate class. Students will warm up with a basic 8-warp basket weave braid (Edo Yatsu) and then quickly move on to the 16-warp hollow braid. Pendants will vary in color and style. Students will learn the 8-warp and 16-warp hollow basket weave kumihimo braiding techniques; how to incorporate a core to stabilize your braid; how to prepare the foam kumihimo disk for braiding, including calculating cord length, determining core size, when and why to use weights, and bobbin management.

Prerequisites: Previous kumihimo experience required. Students should be proficient in the basic round braid (kongoh gumi) on the disk.

Tierra Cast Presents: Check Me Out: 16 Warp Hollow Basket Weave Kumihimo Photo by Rebecca Combs
Tierra Cast Presents: Check Me Out: 16 Warp Hollow Basket Weave Kumihimo
Photo by Rebecca Combs

Royal Treatment

Instructor: Monica Han

Description: Elevate the basic kumihimo technique with pearls and metallic accents for a bracelet that looks magnificently elegant. Make a pair of fun earrings and a pendant to match.

Students will learn Kumihimo braiding with different sizes of beads; how to add an additional layer with seed beads.

Royal Treatment Photo by Monica Han
Royal Treatment
Photo by Monica Han

Bubble Bangle

Instructor: Monica Han

Description:

Weave this multicolored pearl bracelet with a kumihimo braid — the bangle will be sturdy and bubbly. Students will learn basics of kumihimo braiding with and without beads on a round disk.

Bubble Bangle Photo by Monica Han
Bubble Bangle
Photo by Monica Han

Beginner Kumihimo: 2-Drop Braid on the Marudai

Instructor: Linda Richman

Description: Make this bracelet while learning all the basics of working on the marudai. After this beginner class, students will have all the information needed to make beautiful beaded braids in many sizes and designs on their own. Students will learn braiding on the marudai, ending techniques, and more.

Beginner Kumihimo: 2-Drop Braid on the Marudai Photo by Linda Richman
Beginner Kumihimo: 2-Drop Braid on the Marudai
Photo by Linda Richman

Kumihimo on the Marudai: Beginner Continuous Beaded Braid

Instructor: Linda Richman

Description: Make beautiful continuous beaded braids on the marudai. If you love kumihimo and want to expand your design options, or are new to the art, this is the class. (These braids can not be done on the disk.) Students will learn all techniques used for consistent results, including tools, tips, and design ideas. All the basic skills taught in this class can be applied to many traditional and non-traditional kumihimo braids.

Kumihimo on the Marudai: Beginner Continuous Beaded Braid Photo by Linda Richman
Kumihimo on the Marudai: Beginner Continuous Beaded Braid
Photo by Linda Richman

Saturday June 11

The Show Stopper: Beaded Kumihimo Necklace

Instructor: Rebecca Combs

Description: Learn beaded kumihimo as you make this dramatic necklace featuring Unicorne Beads teardrop borosilicate beads. This all-levels class will cover both kumihimo fundamentals as well as advanced design concepts. Kits will be available in several colorways.

Students will learn how to prepare the foam kumihimo disk for braiding including: calculating cord length, estimating number of beads, when and why to use weights, and bobbin management. Students will also learn the 8-warp round kumihimo braiding technique (kongoh gumi) and how to lock beads in place; finishing techniques including binding, cutting, and gluing.

The Show Stopper: Beaded Kumihimo Necklace Photo by Rebecca Combs
The Show Stopper: Beaded Kumihimo Necklace
Photo by Rebecca Combs

For more information go to  http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/

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