I am VERY excited to be teaching at the 2018 Bead & Button show – my second appearance. Below is a listing of this year’s classes, along with links to the Bead & Button Site. There is something for everyone!
TOHO Beads presents Demi-Licious Beaded Bracelet
Wednesday, June 6th, 9am-4pm
My demi-licious beaded bracelet is based on Makiko Tada’s Anda-gumi braid, featured in many of her disc-and-plate books. I developed this bracelet over a 2-year period, and refined the design into an easy-to-learn bracelet.
As you can see from the photos, there is an endless possibility for design, from subtle to sublime. The bracelet can be any width from skinny to cuff, and can incorporate a variety of bead types for your artistic expression. The project is taught on the square foam plate, is easy to learn, and requires no prior braiding experience. The kit includes the braiding plate, a clasp, choice of TOHO’s Amiet thread in a variety of colors, and options for all kinds of bead designs. I’ll contact students in advance of the class with ideas on colorways so that we’re ready to braid from the get-go.
Ready to sign up? Visit the Bead & Button Show Registration page, or search for class code B181987. The class costs only $199.00, and includes a full kit – braiding plate, TOHO’s Amiet thread, and lots of bead options. I will send a survey out to students in the weeks before the class with color palates and bead selections so we can get right to work!
Hope to see you at Bead & Button!
Hira-Genji Leather Bracelet
Wednesday, June 6th, 6-9pm
Hira-genji is a traditional flat braid done on the marudai, often used for obi-jime (the belts used to tie Kimono). This version uses leather cord to create a cool bracelet that can be as thin or wide as you wish, with a colorful design. It can be made delicate for girls or masculine for guys by varying the width of the bracelet and the thickness of it’s components.
This class will be taught using the foam plate. For a bracelet, that makes the project quite easy to set up and portable. I will have a variety of leather cord from .5mm up to 2mm to choose from. Your kit will include a braiding plate, cord for the project, and choice of different types of magnetic clasps.
Interested? Visit the Bead and Button registration page to sign up. The bracelet kit includes a clasp, square brading plate, and options for leather. I’ll communicate with students prior to the class with color options and styles so that we can get right to braiding! Hope to see you in Milwaukee!
Nejire Edo-Yatsu Necklace
Thursday, June 7th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Edo Yatsu is one of the primary braids in the Kumihimo compendium. It’s quite versatile depending on the number of elements, color placement, movement count and fiber used to braid. This version is a riff on a version I learned from Makiko Tada in Japan in 2015. It uses an asymmetric set of elements to flatten the face of the braid and create a twist in its structure.
I’ll have instructions for both the marudai and foam disc. The basic braid is easy enough for beginners, but I’ll have variations that are challenging enough for a pro. It’s a great technique to add to your Kumihimo portfolio.
The two samples are both made from imposter, using a second set of imposter threads for the twist. It’s a cool technique that opens a world of possibilities for the design of the braid, possibly incorporating beads into the offset threads, or even using the technique on other braiding forms.
Interested? Visit the Bead and Button registration page to sign up. The kit includes a clasp, foam disc (if necessary), fiber for braiding, and clasp options. I’ll communicate with students prior to the class with color options and styles so that we can get right to braiding! Hope to see you in Milwaukee!
Andean Simp’a Wallqa Necklace
Friday, June 8th, 8:30-3:30pm
The art of braiding in the Andes is thousands of years old. It’s primary use was to make slings for hunting and herding, then later for decoration. The traditional method of Andean braiding was by hand, which is still practiced today. In the mid-20th century, the technique of making these braids was extensively researched, and adapted for the plate and the marudai, bringing the technique into reach for modern braiders.
This braid is an adaptation of an ancient Andean pattern of frets – “broken” diamonds. The name of the project translates to “braided necklace” in Quechua, the indigenous language of Peru. This samples were made using a variety of yarns to illustrate the potential of the technique.
This will be a fun class. By the end, you’ll know the basic moves used to make most Andean Braids. I’ll have a selection of eclectic yarns that I’ve collected in Japan and around the US, and your kit will include a magnetic clasp, a foam plate, and great instructions.
Interested? Visit the Bead and Button registration page to sign up. Hope to see you in Milwaukee!