Kumihimo (Japanese Braiding) Jewellery
Learn the basics of making beautiful braided jewellery in this fun and creative beginners day class.
Kumihimo is the Japanese art of braiding. This is a very wide ranging area to explore, covering many different ways of braiding using different types of equipment.
In this busy one day class, we will cover an introduction to the most popular techniques for jewellery making, as well as suggestions for how to move on to further develop ideas for the future. We will be creating braided ropes using portable foam braiding discs, but students will also have the chance to try using a Marudai (the traditional braiding stool that braids created on a disc were developed from).
Kumihimo is a great way to create unique and customised ropes and cords for your jewellery creations, as well as to create beautiful jewellery in its own right – making cords with any choice of textiles, cords, yarn, or wire, with or without the addition of beads.
Techniques that will be covered include:
Using and setting up a foam disk
Simple round braid
Creating a simple clasp with a button and loop
How to create different colour patterns within a round braid
Incorporating beads into the braid structure
Additional braid structures
How to securely finish the braid and add a clasp
The difference between using a foam disc and a full Marudai
Students can expect to complete two finished bracelets in the day – one plain using gorgeous colourful cords, and one incorporating seed beads, as well as samples of further different braids.
What you need to bring to this class:
For this class you don't need to bring anything but yourself as everything is provided.
As with all of our classes, all materials are included in the cost of the class as well as plenty of tea, coffee and luxury biscuits! The classes are all run by expert tutors with years of professional experience who are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. The size of the classes is kept small to allow plenty of one-on-one attention and the maximum number of students for this class is 7.
If you have any questions regarding this, or other courses please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Please Note: Our classes are suitable for those aged 16 and over & for health and safety reasons, all students need to wear closed toe shoes when coming to the workshop. If you have any access requirements, please contact us before booking a course. And due to our small class sizes we are unable to offer transfers or refunds on our courses once booked. Please make sure you can make the date before booking. Thanks LJS x