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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
This class is a technique-focused class designed to acquaint the student with Andean braiding forms. Traditional Andean braids are made in the fist. Work by Adele Cahlander to diagram braid structures was adapted by Rodrick Owen for the braiding plate and later adapted by Owen and Makiko Tada to the Marudai. After studying with Sensei Tada and later Mr. Owen and extensive experimentation on my own, plus a deep dive into Cahlander’s work, I was able to break down the structures into eight sets of movements that allow most Andean braids to be replicated on the Marudai.
This class is open to all skill levels, but students must be familiar with the setup and use of the Marudai. The focus of the class will be 16-element braids, with a 24-element “bonus” braid demonstrated at the end. All braids will be worked using bulky yarn, supplied by the instructor. The class will progress from basic movements and patterns, building on the skills gained in each step to create more complex braiding patterns. Students will gain an understanding of the structure and unique nature of these braids and will learn how to translate the movements used in the 16-element structures into higher element count, more complex braids.
Each student brings: Marudai, 16-24 tama (70gr or greater, 100g preferred), 50% center weight, chopstick. The instructor will provide yarn, rulers, scissors, binding thread, etc. Marudai and tama can be borrowed/rented.
Materials fee: 85 Dkr. this fee includes printed instructions, yarn for braiding.
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.