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Braiding on a Kumihimo Disk

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The traditional Japanese method of making exquisite braided cords uses a maru dai, or braiding stand. In this workshop, we will learn to make braided cords on a kumihimo disc, a simple hand-held device. We will explore how color and texture influence the appearance of braids and progress from 8-strand braids to 16-strand braids. Students will learn how to make round braids and, if time permits, we will also explore flat braids. 

Skill Level: Beginner
Instructor: Barbara Elkins
Date: Saturday, 3/15/14
Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm
Materials Required:

  • Hamanaka Kumihimo Disk  
  • 3 ounce fishing weight (optional but helpful)  
  • 8 or 16 small plastic bobbins (may be purchased in the store before class)  
  • Note-taking materials    
  • Snack or lunch, as we will work through the usual lunch hour 
  • Instructor will provide a variety of yarns and list of helpful publications 
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