Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo) - Advanced with Sylvia May

Ref: C2346686

Although this course is meant to follow on from the Beginners' and Beyond the Basics courses from the previous 2 terms, it will be possible for beginners to join in if they wish, as some of the original skills will be demonstrated. However, the emphasis will be on developing and expanding existing skills to include more complex patterns and methods, along with a few jewellery-making ideas. Thus, beginners should feel up to the challenge! Feel free to seek a conversation with the tutor if unsure.

Course aim

An post-introductory course in Kumihimo Japanese braiding continuing on the learning journey, including some more complex braid designs, ideas and methods and an introduction to the marudai loom.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is an advanced course for students with experience and skills in this subject

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

  • Give an explanation of the origins of Kumihimo
  • Describe the various types of loom and other equipment that can be used in the making of 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
  • Give at least one example of other materials and objects that you may incorporate into your Kumihimo braid-making

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, along with a selection of coloured wools/cords - ribbon, string, cotton or satin cord, etc. You may also need some jewellery findings, beads, etc, which we will discuss as we go along.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo) - Advanced with Sylvia May

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