Learn all the basic technical skills required for Kumihimo, Japanese braiding, then expand your knowledge to introduce beadwork ideas, so you can combine the two concepts to produce new and original work. This is an introductory course for total beginners and refreshers.
During the course you will cover:
- Equipment – what, why and how?
- Warp threads – what, why and how?
- Working techniques – how to braid and improve your style
- Braiding sequences – a variety of different structured braids and numerous patterns
- Pattern design – how to use the grid system to create your own designs
- Beads – consideration of various types
- Combination techniques – various ways in which beads can be worked with braids
- Design – options and ideas
- Finishing techniques – a range of fancy finishes and joins
The tutor will give an introductory talk on the first evening about what will be covered in the workshop and you can handle samples and look at design ideas.
By the end of the course, you will have produced a range of samples illustrating these points, with an option of producing finished items if desired (usually jewellery).
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
What students need to bring
- Marudai, bobbins, counterbalance weights, weight-bag, chopstick, S-hook, warping posts
- Plenty of threads – any type and thickness (from fine silk to chunky wool, as well as synthetics and fancy
- yarns – please bring a good selection, including a range of colours) – some can be bought from the tutor
- Selection of beads – any type or size (rocailles, bugles, larger beads, pendants, etc.)
- Beading thread (optional)
- Beading tray or mat (optional)
- Footstool/cushion/box – to sit on if kneeling to work, or to rest Marudai on if sitting on chair
- Comfortable clothing is also recommended – trousers or a full skirt
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- Beading and sewing needles
- Scissors – sharp and suitable for cutting threads
- A notebook and pen
- Available from tutor:
- The tutor has some equipment for loan, but it must be booked in advance by emailing: [email protected]. Please specify which of the following equipment you need the tutor to bring for you: Marudai, bobbins, counterbalance weights, weightbag, chopstick, s-hook, warping posts or a complete set of equipment.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.
It takes place in an upstairs studio, at the western end of the college building, a lift is available part way, plus two short runs of 4 stairs.