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This is a list of tutors who are willing to give talks or run workshops.  This contact information is provided in good faith.  The Braid Society does not necessarily recommend the individuals or organisations listed here.  You can download a pdf version of the TutorsList 2021. The leaflet includes general guidelines on hiring a tutor.  Please contact the tutors directly.



Penny Akester (London, UK)

Workshops: I offer 1-1 or small group tuition in London, making a variety of braided jewellery, particularly using Kumihimo on a disc or Marudai, knotting and a selection of other braids, as well as a range of other jewellery making and beadwork topics.


Shirley Berlin (British Columbia, Canada)

Talks, day schools and longer workshops:
Kumihimo; inkle ikat; tablet weaving; simple cords and braids.
Lecture: “That’s nice dear, but what do you do with it?”


Joy Boutrup (Denmark)

Workshops: 1) Introduction to loop braiding, basic principles of European and Japanese loop braiding. 2) Letter braids, introduction to historical instructions for letter braids. (General knowledge of loop braiding necessary.)


Jacqui Carey (Devon, UK)

Workshops and Lectures: For all levels, covering many aspects of narrow wares (technical, historical, cultural, creative, mathematical etc.).

Ingrid Crickmore (California, USA)

Website tutorials on loop braiding. Beginning to advanced, adults or children. Medieval, 17th Century and original braid patterns. Making multiple-worker braids as a solo braider, including the 17th Century lettered braids. Methods for making extra-long loop braids.


Anna Crutchley (Cambridgeshire, UK)

Talks and Workshops: Passementerie - cords, tassels, braids and fringes for interior decoration. A variety of courses, including weaving, cord spinning and tassel making.

Inge Dam (Ontario, Canada)

Workshops from beginner to advanced tablet weaving as well as seminars.  Specialises in combining tablet weaving with loom weaving.  See my website for further information.

Anne Dixon (Norfolk, UK)

Talks, demonstrations and workshops: Inkles, table weaving, Dorset buttons and 4-8 shaft weaving.


Gilian Dye (Northumberland, UK)

Workshops and talks: Beginners fill gap and other card looms, finger looping. 16th Century bobbin-lace braids and Yorkshire buttons.


Anne Dyer (Shropshire, UK)

Workshops: Snagging methods in weft face and tablet. New approaches to tassels.


Chas and Sue Field (Manchester, UK)

Tablet weaving lecture and workshop.  Inkle weaving workshop.


Adrienne Gaskell (Florida, USA)

Kumihimo Beaded Braids.  Teaching in the US and internationally, 1 to 5 day marudai workshops for the beginner to advanced students.


Edna Gibson (Devon, UK)

Workshops: Kumihimo - Marudai, Karakumidai, Disc and Plate, Oblique interlacing / free end braiding.


Julie Hedges (Shropshire, UK)

Lectures: Traditional and contemporary Ply-splitting; Researches in Ply-split Braiding in N West India and beyond.
Workshops: In Ply-split Braiding for beginners and for those with experience.  Including jewellery, accessories, developments in 3D vessels & sculptures and hats & scarves. Also workshops in the design and making of decorative twisted cords.


Carol James (Manitoba, Canada)

Lectures on Fingerweaving and Sprang. Workshops, all levels, on Fingerweaving and Sprang.   See website for instructions and downloadable PDF instruction sheets.  Online instruction available by appointment. 


Jean Leader (Glasgow, UK)

Workshops: Assorted braids for beginners including braids on cards and on a marudai, lucet braids, tablet-woven braids and fingerloop braids.   Online workshops using Zoom can be arranged. 

Helen Leaf (East Midlands, UK)

Workshops:  ply-split braiding, fibres and plying. 

Ruth MacGregor (Oregon, USA)

Workshops: Silk and Spindle (intro to silk spinning). Old Stash to New Yarns (fun and useful). Spinning Mawata (how to spin silk caps and hankies).


Averil Otiv (Cheshire, UK)

Workshops: Soft basketry, baskets made with natural plant materials using braiding, plaiting and other woven techniques to produce decorative and functional baskets. Tapestry weaving.


Jennie Parry (Leicestershire, UK)

Lectures and Workshops:  Kumihimo (Marudai; Takadai);  Braids & Bands; Ethnic Embellishments. All levels.


Ziggy Rytka (West Yorkshire, UK)

One day workshops: from beginner to advanced lucetting.

Dee Sayce (Derbyshire, UK)

Workshops and demonstrations including: inkle weaving, tablet weaving, kumihimo, cordage, plaiting, spinning, natural dyes, weaving and coiled basketry.

Mari Voipio (Finland)

Fingerloop braiding, lucet, braiding in general (lecture).


Laverne Waddington (Bolivia)

Workshops: Complementary and supplementary warp weaving techniques, double weaves and warp substitution methods of South America and supplementary weft patterning of Guatemala. South American textile finishes and embellishments. All aspects of backstrap loom weaving.


Barbara J Walker (Oregon, USA)

Ply-Splitting Workshops: Beginners - Braids, Baskets & Beyond.
Intermediate - Designs from Weaving Drawdowns;  Embellishment with Supplementary Cords; 
Passementerie;  Pieces of Eight Basket;  From Ply-Split Tube to Kumihimo and Back.

Kathy Williams (Vale of Glamorgan, UK)

Workshops on basic kumihimo, kumihimo - pushing the boundaries, cords.

Claudia Wollny (Germany)

Videos for Tablet Weaving and Kumihimo:

YouTube Channel "Claudia Wollny":

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