Take your kumihimo to the next level by learning how to incorporate beads as you braid.
Techniques Learned: Adding beads to a basic 8-strand braid
Prerequisites: Kumihimo 101 or equivalent
Length of Class: 2 Hours
What Exactly Will I Make in Class? The project for this class is a 17″ bead kumihimo necklace featuring 4mm Fire Polish Beads and size 8/o seed beads. Most students leave class with about 8-12″ braided.
Homework: So that we can get right to the braiding, this class requires that set up the disk at home before class. Basically this involves cutting the cords, tying them together, locking them on the disk, and then stringing the beads. When you register for class, you’ll get an instruction sheet explaining how to do the homework. Don’t wait until the morning of class to start your homework! If you need to make weighted bobbins, remember that the glue needs to dry 24 hours. Most students report that it takes 1-2 hours to do the homework. If you are good at using a bead spinner that can speed things up considerably. Note: If this pre-work is not completed at home before class, you will not be allowed to participate.
- Round Kumihimo Disk
- Big Eye Needle
- 8 Weighted Bobbins
- Center Weight
- Note: These tools are not optional. If you don’t know what something is, please ask.
- Pearl Cotton, Size 8
- 4mm Fire Polish (400 beads = 8 strands)
- 8/0 seed beads (2 tubes)
- Endcasps (1 set, 9mm or 10mm ID)
- Jumprings & clasp if not using magnetic endcaps
- E6000 Glue
Heavy washers used to make weighted bobbins ( approx. 168g/set of 8 )
Set of 8 washers $4.95
Tip: Be sure to sand the bobbins before gluing on the washers.