Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo) - Beyond the Basics with Sylvia May

Ref: C2346416

Although this course is meant to follow on from the Beginners' course from last term, it will be possible for beginners to join in if they wish. We will be going over the previously learned skills, whilst expanding them to include more complex patterns. We'll also be looking at some new patterns and ideas for your braid-making and what to do with your products.

Course aim

An post-introductory course in Kumihimo Japanese braiding continuing on the learning journey, including some more complex braid designs and ideas for their use. Beginners are welcome to join, as previously studied skills will be included.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain the term Kumihimo and its origins
  • Describe the various types of loom that can be used to make kumihimo braid
  • Make a more complex round braid, eg zigzag, hollow or cored
  • Describe several different ways of ending a braid and what materials you might use for this purpose
  • List other equipment that you might want or need to practise the art/craft of Kumihimo

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need round and square kumihimo looms, or cardboard to make these - instructions will be included. You will also need a selection of coloured wools or other materials that can be woven into a braid - ribbon, string, cotton or satin cord, etc. Jewellery findings will be discussed in class.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo) - Beyond the Basics with Sylvia May


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