Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo) with an Easter Flavour with Sylvia May

Ref: C2346579

If you are a crafter, a would-be crafter, or just someone who has often wondered what Kumihimo braiding is all about (- or maybe you never heard of it until today...), this little introductory course is for you. I will talk about this Japanese art/craft, show you how to make a Kumihimo disk, and talk about where you can get the ready-made articles. I'll talk about other equipment you will need, or that you could use, show you some Kumihimo 'in action', and teach you a couple of basic but effective techniques to make simple braids you can use for Easter/Spring gifts/wearables. I will of course include some seasonal ideas.

Course aim

An introduction to Kumihimo braiding with an Easter/Spring flavour. You will be introduced to the Japanese art of braid-making and learn a few simple gift/wearable ideas for the Easter/Spring season.

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:

  • describe the term Kumihimo and what it refers to
  • make a Kumihimo disk and demonstrate how to use it
  • make a simple braid using the Kumihimo disc
  • contribute at least one idea for making gifts and wearables using Japanese braiding
  • 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?

Bring a round kumihimo disk if you have one, or otherwise provide a couple of pieces of cardboard (preferably corrugated, ie from packing boxes, or one piece of stiff card), a pencil, ruler, glue stick or some glue, and a pair of compasses or something to draw round, approximately 4" in diameter.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo) with an Easter Flavour with Sylvia May


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