My primary focus is on fiber braiding, with emphasis on Andean Braids. I have developed several beaded braid classes that differ from the standard beaded braids that you see around the web. Below are the class titles and a brief description. A more complete catalog will be forthcoming soon.
Braider Bob Studios
Fiber Anda-gumi Braid Class
The Anda-gumi fiber braid was developed by Makiko Tada as an adaptation of a Takadai (a Japanese braiding stand) version of the braid. Her goal was to create a beginner version of the braid that could be made using the foam braiding plate. The technique of the braid is similar to weaving, in that there is a pseudo-weft crossing the vertical elements of the structure. Unlike weaving, which results in a perpendicular set of interlocking elements, Anda-gumi yields an interlaced structure at a 45-degree angle.
The braid can be made with almost any flexible material, including yarn, silk or rayon thread, wire, or leather. If it bends without breaking, it will braid.
Anda-gumi braids can be used for jewelry, such as bracelets or necklaces, purse straps, guitar straps, belts, shoelaces, and many other structures. The width of the braid is limited to the width of the braiding plate and the patience of the braider.
Beaded Anda-Gumi Braid: An adaptation of Maikio Tada’s fiber anda-gumi braid from disc and plate 1. This braid came about as a challenge – no one thought it was possible to adapt for beads. Taught on the foam plate.
Andean Braiding Boot Camp: Andean braiding is a pre-historic discipline. Braids were made in the hand; that practice holds true today. In the mid-20th century research by several academics resulted in a better understanding of the structure of these braids. That information was used to adapt the braids to the plate and marudai. This class can focus on either plate or dai; it is a survey of the basic movements of 16-strand Andean Braids.
Andean Hand Braiding: This class teaches Andean Hand braiding technique, focusing on 4-6 of the standard structures of the technique.
Survey of Edo-Yatsu: The Edo-yatsu braid is one of the core knowledge set of braids that every Kumihimo practitioner should know. This class works through variations of Edo-yatsu using 8 and 16 elements, and introduces a 12-element twisted version of the braid.
Leno Braided Cuff: The Leno braid is an adaptation of Makiko Tada’s anda-gumi braid that introduces a leno-style (gauze) movement into the braid, resulting in a lattice structure. This braid lends itself well to wide cuff-style bracelets.
Beaded Leno Braid: Working with the standard leno adaptation to the anda-gumi braid, I have adapted it to accept beads, creating a unique, lattice-like beaded bracelet.
Introduction to the Marudai: Much of the jewelry-style braids being made today use the foam disc; the marudai is very easy to use and allows for greater control over structure and tension, faster braiding, and the potential to branch out into different styles of braids.
Basic Beaded Braids: Beaded Kumihimo has become quite the rage in the jewelry community, but many people do not understand the base structure, tension, or how to add beads using a bead spinner. This class covers it all.
Focal Beaded Braids: This class uses a focal bead to create a unique jewelry piece based on the standard Kumihimo beaded braid
Introduction to Core Braiding: Core braids are recent adaptations to marudai braiding that introduce alternate, inactive, elements that can be used to wrap or color-swap the structure of a braid. Cores can also be used to provide structure, introduce underlying elements, or support beaded highlights for a braid