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Off-Balance Kongoh Necklace

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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.

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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In-Person Kumihimo Beaded Braids Class Projects

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.