Kumihimo is the gentle art of Japanese Braidmaking. This introductory course for beginners and improvers covers the basic knowledge required for braiding on a Marudai. Those with experience can start the course as a re-cap, before moving on to new territory later in the workshop. The rhythmic movements of Kumihimo make the craft an aesthetic activity, and the finished braids can be the perfect compliment to any textile craft. They can also be a feature in their own right, such as jewellery.
Please don’t worry if you don’t own a Maradai (a type of round wooden loom) yet, as you have the option of learning on borrowed equipment*, or if you already own one, you can use the opportunity to become better acquainted with your own equipment. During the day, you will be able to produce a range of samples, with the option of continuing to finished items.
In this one-day workshop, Jacqui Carey will cover many aspects of the craft of braidmaking, including:
1) Equipment-what, why and how.
2) Warp threads – what, why and how.
3) Working techniques-how to braid and improve ones style.
4) Braiding sequences – a variety of different structured braids and numerous patterns.
On booking, you will be supplied with a list of materials to bring with you. Your day at The Loom Shed will also include a full lunch, plenty of tea and coffee, and a sweet treat in the afternoon.
*Please let us know on booking if you require a maradai and bobbins or if you have one of your own.