The Odyssey consists of two sessions of braiding where different layouts of Kongō Gumi inform the patterns of Naiki, and vice versa, where different layouts of Naiki inform the patterns of Kongō Gumi. We will be using 16 elements for each sampler, eight elements of Color A and eight elements of Color B.
Day One Sampler: Kongō as the Guide for Naiki
There are four movements in Kongō Gumi before the Tama return to their original starting positions. Using the color layout for Kongō Gumi as the initial starting point, learn how to develop two unique designs for Naiki. The designs are determined by which of the four Kongō layouts is used as the starting point. We will alternate lengths of Kongō with lengths of Naiki. Handout will include several design options for homework.
Day Two Sampler: Naiki as the Guide for Kongō
There are eight movements in Naiki Gumi before the Tama return to their original starting positions. Using one of the Naiki Gumi layouts discovered in Day One, learn how to develop up to four different designs for Kongō. The designs are determined by which of the eight Naiki layouts is used as the starting point. We will alternate lengths of Naiki with lengths of Kongō. Handout will include several design options for homework.
Instructor: Rosalie Neilson
Rosalie Neilson has been making kumihimo braids for more than 35 years. In 1980, she visited a Tokyo kimono factory, became enamored with kumi braids, took a private class, and came home with a marudai, kakudai, and two instruction books written in Japanese. Throughout the years she has developed into a true master of the art with exquisite designs using both color and geometry.
“My love of color comes from being raised in Oregon. During the majority of the year, nature appears in shades of green, blue, and grey. In this softly lit environment of neutrals, bright colors stand out in sharp contrast.” And so they do in her braids.
Her love of color doesn’t stop there. She was intrigued by the number of ways a braider could use two colors with the Hira Kara Gumi braid and began exploring each one. In 1998, after 18 years of exploration with this braid structure, Rosalie, with the help of her mathematically inclined brother, documented and published the Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi. This was followed by the Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo-Yatsu Gumu. A third book Kongo Gumi – A Cacophony of Spots – Coisl – Zags – Lines was published in 2013 and documents all 1,157 variations of the 16-strand Edo-Yatsu using just two colors. These are true labors of passion and kumihimo love!
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Saturday, April 2 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern and Sunday, April 3 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern
This class is offered in two formats: Interactive and Viewing:
Interactive consists of two 2-hour session presented via Zoom, one on Saturday and the next on Sunday. The interactive students will braid along with the instructor and get feedback from the instructor. There is a maximum enrollment of twenty (20) Interactive students. Interactive students will also have access to the class videos.
Viewing offers students the two sessions as videos between 48 and 72 hours after the live class. The videos will be available for two months after the second class. There is an unlimited student enrollment for Viewing students.
Note: Rosalie will provide a class preparation assignment for setting up your Marudai prior to the first class.
Basic Equipment and Supplies
2 ropes each of 2 colors of Japanese pre-cut silk , artificial silk or cotton weaving thread. This will be used to create 8 tama (elements) of color A and 8 tama of color B.
This class is for advanced marudai braiders who are proficient with Kongō Gumi and Naiki, allowing them to switch back and forth easily between these two braid structures. In addition, you should be able to set up your marudai before class as described in homework section.