In this workshop we will experiment with “Compound Braids” – braid structures made of two separate but interconnected braids, each with its own unique set of moves. This is a great way to expand the creative possibilities of Kumihimo on the marudai or disk.
Class will be demonstration and discussion, with separate how-to videos of several compound braids, to allow the student to experiment and practice samples after class.
Instructor: Giovanna Imperia
Giovanna Imperia is the author of Kumihimo Wire Jewelry and many articles on braiding and weaving. Her work has been exhibited and is included in private and museum collections throughout the United States and internationally. Giovanna’s work focuses on the exploration of tactile and organic nature of fiber while pushing the boundaries of the expected definition of body adornment and 3D objects. This is accomplished by actively involving the user through the concept of “transformation” – the idea of actively engaging the user in shaping and transforming the art piece.
Giovanna is President of the American Kumihimo Society.
Sunday, January 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time
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.
Basic Equipment and Materials (a more specific supply list will be provided to those registered for the class):
- 16 tama/bobbins in whatever weight you are comfortable using
- Appropriate counterweight
Giovanna recommends working on the Marudai as it is much easier to learn these braids and understand how the different types of moves interact with each other. But if students are not as comfortable on the Marudai, they will be able to work on a disk.
- Mercerized or pearl weaving cotton (5/2 or 10/2) or other smooth yarn in two contrasting colors (8 tama each color). Wool, acrylic, or textures yarns are not appropriate.
One weaving cotton source with mini-cones:
- Note: Pre-cut Japanese silk and imitation silk (imposter) will work in lieu of cotton, although it is a more expensive alternative. You will need two contrasting colors, enough in each color for 8 tama.
- Instructions will be provided before class for warping directions.
- Videos will be provided before class for anyone who needs instruction or a refresher on basic marudai moves.
Students must be very comfortable braiding a variety of 8-strands braids on their equipment of choice. Preferred but not required: some familiarity with 16-strands braids.