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Plan ahead! Design beginnings and endings for your braided creations from a library of techniques. You will end the day with a clutch of samples and a head full of ideas.
Start: blunt end, looped beginning, start on a button or a do-nut
Stop: butt-and-bead, embellished knots and fringes, loop and beads, peyote stitch.
Make a Nifty Necklace in class (the length you really want!)
Suggestions included for trimmings, bag handles and curtain tiebacks.
All skill levels welcome.
Each student brings: scissors, pen/pencil, braid samples if desired
Materials fee: 150 Dkr. This fee includes two braiding discs, workshop booklet, beads, needles, fancy yarns, buttons, plastic tubing, glue
In this taster session for beginners, you will learn how to set up a marudai with bobbins, warp and counter-weights, and will create a two colour 8-strand braid with up to three different patterns (square, flat and spiral). Depending on the length of your braid at the end of the session you will be able to add findings and turn it into a key fob, bracelet, glasses cord, necklace or lanyard. Alternatively, you could transfer it to a foam disk and continue braiding. Many Kumihimo braids can be done on a foam disk but most are quicker, easier and more even when made on a marudai, as you can use both hands at the same time and the tension is controlled by the weighted bobbins and counter-weights.
Illustrated instructions and pre-cut warps will be provided and you will have the use of a marudai, 8 tama (bobbins), a weight bag with counterweights, an S-hook and a chopstick.
Kumihimo findings (key rings, cord ends, bracelet, necklace and lanyard fastenings) will be available to purchase. Foam disks, EZ-bobs and additional pre-cut warps will also be available for purchase for those wishing to continue with their braid, and/or make another, after the session.
Each student brings: A notepad, pen/pencil, scissors
Materials fee: 25 Dkr. This fee includes a pre-cut warp, fine cotton for whipping the ends of the braid, an illustrated instruction sheet, glue.
Participants will make a variety of samples of narrow and wide braids using many techniques. Those who are relative beginners will create basic braids, mainly using free techniques, on the Kumihimo disk or Marudai. Advanced students many choose any technique whatever (through prior consultation with the tutor) and be guided to new levels. Students with or without equipment are acceptable. All levels.