Off-Balance Kongoh Gumi by Adrienne Gaskell

Introductory Offer – Just $39 – Class size is limited

Kongoh Gumi (Round Braid) is often the first braid students learn. This 12 tama adaptation of the braid creates a wonderful curly spiral. Adrienne’s variation incorporates sparkly bling along the ridge, perfect for fun everyday wear or evening elegance.

This online course will guide students through every step of making the Off-Balance Kongoh Necklace. The course will be presented through 3 hours of in-person zoom sessions with Adrienne, detailed written instructions, and a comprehensive video tutorial.

Instructions will focus on learning how to ‘conquer the curl’ of the Off-Balance Kongoh braid using Adrienne’s techniques and tips for making a fabulous necklace with or without beads. The class will cover every step of the project; prep and set-up, braiding techniques that ensure success, accurate braid measuring, and even how to professionally attach the clasp.

6 Page Illustrated Tutorial
The tutorial and the video work together and cover every aspect and minute detail of the project. Additional design variations are also provided. Along with precise and professional instructional guidance, you will learn many practical tips about braiding and optimal finishing techniques. Adrienne’s students describe her instructions as “state of the art”, exceeding expectations.

Step by Step Video
The course includes a video tutorial and two face-to-face meetings with Adrienne via Zoom. Adrienne Gaskell prides herself on providing extremely detailed instructions with answers to questions you didn’t even know to ask. After the Zoom class students will be able to watch the video while working on their own. The video will be accessible for 30 days after the course ends.

Who Should Take This Course?

Students with some experience braiding with fiber on the marudai.

Students should be proficient and must know:
• How to use a marudai with weighted tama and counter weight
• How to make leader cords
• How to attach braiding fibers to leader cords

A basic understanding of Japanese pre-cut fibers will be helpful but not required.

Adrienne recommends students watch these videos to reinforce basic skills prior to class:
Michael Hattori’s How to Tie on a Leader – YouTube video
Rosalie Neilson’s videos for AKS members on the AKS website

The Zoom class is not Braid-A-long class. It will be presented in a lecture format to go through the instructions, present the video and answer student questions. This is also NOT a beginner marudai class.

Class Timeline and What to Expect:

Two classes will be offered:
Zoom Meetings Dates
Class A: April 10th & 17th, 2pm ET
Class B: April 11th & 18th, 2pm ET

Week of April 7th: Registration opens, applications accepted:
After application is received for the online course students will be notified of acceptance with invoice, or notified of their place on the wait list.  After payment, each student will receive six pages of detailed, illustrated instructions. Instructions should be read in advance of the first virtual class meeting. Questions need to be emailed to Adrienne prior to the 1st Zoom meeting.

Class enrollment is not guaranteed! It is based on applicant’s skill and experience as well as class availability.

Class A – Friday, April 10th at 2pm ET
Class B – Saturday, April 11th at 2pm ET
Zoom Virtual Class 1st Meeting:
Zoom is a free app and should be downloaded at least 24 hours before class and ensure there are no technical difficulties. The meeting is expected to take up to 1 1/2 hours. Students should have their instructions printed or accessible along with questions and note taking materials. During the 1st meeting Adrienne will use a video to review the instructions and go into greater detail than is practical in a written format. Students will be able to ‘see’ how each step is done. Adrienne will also give advice about project fibers, beads and other supplies. The 1st Meeting will be in a lecture format, students will not be expected to braid or do any work during the meeting. Throughout the video tutorial Adrienne will answer all the emailed questions. There will also be a Q & A at the end of the video.

Week of April 10th: 7-days of braiding
After the Zoom meeting students will have one week to practice the braid and work on their specific projects. During this time students will have access to the class video. Students are expected to email braid samples and finished project photos, questions and observations to Adrienne up to 24 hours before their 2nd Zoom meeting.

Class A – Friday, April 17th, 2pm ET
Class B – Saturday, April 18th at 2pm ET
Zoom Virtual Class 2nd Meeting:
This will be the 2nd and final class meeting. The meeting is expected to take up to 1 1/2 hours. During this meeting Adrienne will share students’ photos in a full screen view allowing the class to see the braids in detail. Previously submitted questions and observations will be grouped by category to be allow for an structured and informative discussion. There will be a Q &A time at the end of the meeting.

May 19th, 2020, Video Access Ends:
Students will have access to the training video for 30 days after the end of the Online Course.

Off-Balance Kongoh Gumi online course application form