A Serendipity Zig Zag Necklace by Carol Benner


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Instructor: Carol Benner

Learn the Zigs and Zags of the Zig Zag Braid and make a fun necklace or cuff  with curled tips using metallic threads.

Class: Sunday, January 8, 2023 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time

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A Serendipity Zigzag Necklace or Arm Cuff

Anda Gumi means “Easy to Braid” and is one of the simplest of braids to master. It is a basic over/under arrangement of threads and creates a strong flat braid. The recent invention of the Square Plate allows braiders to assemble an Anda Gumi or plain weave braid without using a takadai. A simple Anda Gumi variation – simply reversing the order of braiding at regular intervals — allows the braider to create a Zig Zag braid. Other tweaks or “hacks” will allow the braider to create other designs such as curling the zig zag tip to make a curly zig zag braid.

In this class, students will learn:

  1. Fundamentals of Anda Gumi including terminology,
  2. Setup of threads on the Square Plate and Anda Gumi moves,
  3. Zig Zag variation and a simple “hack” to make a curly zig zag tip, and
  4. Adding threads to the setup as needed.

The instructor will also demonstrate  how to widen or narrow parts of the Zigzag Braid and how to adjust the length of the Zig Zag point.

Students will be provided with a pattern and instructions to make lovely Zig Zag necklace or arm cuff with soft curly points.

Instructor: Carol Benner

Carol Benner has been braiding for a little more than 10 years. Because of a visual disability, she particularly likes braiding on the square and octo plates and exploring creative options on the foam disks.  She enjoys several other crafts including French Beaded Flowers, Knitting, Crochet and Origami. Carol is the author of the The Art of French Beaded Flowers.

Carol is the current Vice President of the AKS.

Sunday, January 8, 2023 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Class Format:

This class consists of one two hour session presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.


  • Square Plate – available from BraidersHand or Kumihimo Resource
  • 16 E-Z Bobs
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and paper for notes and to keep track of numbers of sequences


Embroidery Metallic Floss. Please use one of the following brands for the cuff or necklace.

  • Artiste Metallic Pearl or Metallic Floss (8.75 yds or 8 m each) available from Hobby Lobby. Depending on your tension, for an 18 inch necklace, you will need 5 packages; for the cuff, you will need 4.
  • DMC 5 Pearl Metallics (27 m or 27.3 yds) from JoAnne Fabric. Depending on your tension, for an 18 inch necklace you will need 2 packages. For the cuff, you will need one package.
  • S-lon or C-lon or yarn for practice

Experience Level:

This class is perfect for everyone including beginners.