Kumihimo Beaded Braids Sample of Class Projects

All of these classes are marudai based, no disk or plate. A sampling of class projects and descriptions are listed below.  Click on photos to enlarge

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These projects are appropriate for all students, even those who have not used a marudai or done any kumihimo. They are also great for students to transition from the disk to the marudai, however proficiency with a disk is not a prerequisite.

Focal Beads – These projects are a great introduction to beaded kumihimo however even experienced students enjoy learning this project. Students may choose to add one focal bead or several. Beginners should start with a single focal bead. To add beads within the braid I have developed a method that is a little different than other projects and eliminates the need for counting beads and doing a lot of pre-planning.

Drop Fringe – This class utilizes a single row of teardrops or other beads that form a fringe along one edge of the braid. Students will learn formulas that can be used for both bracelets and necklaces. Many different looks can be achieved by using different shapes and sizes of beads.

Love Knot Bracelet – Make this popular bracelet while learning techniques for braiding faster, and more efficiently, while maintaining even tension. Two beaded braids are made to make the Love Knot bracelet. If multiples are made then they can be interchanged for a variety of different color combinations. Students will also learn proper gluing practices for creating a permanent bond in clasps.

Drop Fringe Necklace– Students will learn Adrienne’s easy instructions and diagrams for a single row of fringe beads. This will become your “go to” project as it is beautiful with so many different types of drop beads.

Seamless Bangles – These elegant bangle bracelets are designed to be stacked together for added drama and are also great worn individually. Learn to make kumihimo bracelets with a seamless join. Students will design their own styles, colors and embellishments.

Students should have some experience using marudai equipment (Japanese braiding table). Marudai proficiency making beaded braids and bead spinner experience is also helpful.

Continuous Beaded Braids – I have developed many innovations for working efficiently with continuous beaded braids on a marudai. Learning these techniques will allow students to use fiber braid patterns for beaded braids. We will discuss how to translate braid patterns from traditional kumihimo instruction books which will open up a world of possibilities for beaded braid designs. Students will learn the proper threads to use as well as formulas, counter weight ratio and design options. Class projects will be chosen from the instructor’s many sample braids.

Hira Kara Bracelet – Students will learn to make continuous beaded braids while making this sophisticated bracelet. The unique peyote magnetic clasp is cleverly engineered without the use of glue and allows the bracelet to be reversible. Students must be proficient with peyote stitch to make the clasp. Not a beadweaver? No problem, I have a very handsome magnetic clasp that fits the bracelet perfectly, and it is very quick and easy to glue on.

The Next Level Bracelet – This bracelet achieves dimensional impact by stacking and then joining three separate braids together. The two base (bottom) braids support the third (top) braid which sits majestically on a higher level. After the three braids have been made they are invisibly joined together. Unicorne Beads Mini Teardropsare the highlight of the project. For a truly elegant bracelet the teardrop beads can be replaced with onion shaped gemstones.

Triple Fringe Bracelet & Edge Fringe Patterns – Students will be provided with instructions and diagrams for a single, double or triple row of fringe beads. The necklace utilizes a single row of teardrops or other beads that form a fringe along one edge of the braid. Students will learn formulas that can be used for both bracelets and necklaces. Many different looks can be achieved by using different shapes and sizes of beads. The longest part of this project is counting the beads on the individual warp cords. Also learn Adrienne’s easy method of setting up the marudai and counting and loading beads to ensure success.

Students must be proficient using marudai equipment (Japanese braiding table).  Most of the advanced projects will require that students have taken a 3-day immersion class with me.

Frilly Bracelet – This fun bracelet incorporates a unique focal bead loop closure. The fringe loops are made with very simple sewing stitches, no beadweaving experience is required. Students will learn creative engineering techniques that make a beaded loop closure of 11/0 beads and transition into a thicker 8/0 beaded braid. This technique can also be used to design lariat style necklaces.

Chain Fringe – This design utilizes small sections of chain with attached baubles that dangle from the beaded braid. The chain can different lengths, or all the same length – long and lanky or short and barely visible. The baubles are attached with simple wire wraps. The chain is braided into the braid using stainless steel nylon coated beading wire for flex and durability. The technique uses the Core Support Gizmo and one of Adrienne’s exclusive pattern designs.