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Kumihimo: Decoding Complex Braids

Instructor: Adrienne Gaskell
Dates: June 4-6, 2018 
           June 1-3, 2018

Class Code: B18K 

Bead&Button Show 2018 Master Class - Kumihimo: Decoding Complex Braids

The program is designed to teach students complex braiding techniques and how to transform these into designs that define their own personal style. The workshop photo is representative of one of the projects that will be designed in class along with other master class surprise exclusives.

Students will learn:
  • Mapping and recording of braiding patterns. Formulas will be demystified using Adrienne’s easy blueprints. 
  • How to create symmetrical and asymmetrical jewelry following the design principles of balance, visual weight, and direction.
  • Creative techniques for incorporating unusual materials into beaded and fiber braids.
  • Adding unbraided sections into beaded and fiber braids.
  • How to create beaded tassels using different color combinations and sizes of beads.

Who should take this class?
Students should have experience using a marudai.

3-day class fee: $1,145 plus $50 kit fee.

Added benefits for Master Class students:
  • Waived registration fee
  • Advance registration for general classes
  • Fun-filled tote bag
  • Special event tickets
  • Graduation celebration
  • Transportation to class location
  • Breakfast and lunch on class days
  • Commemorative Show bead, pin, and T-shirt
Bead&Button Show 2018 Master Class Instructor - Adrienne Gaskell

About Adrienne Gaskell

Adrienne Gaskell’s jewelry designs explore the ancient Japanese art form of kumihimo braiding which she has expanded upon to incorporate gemstones, pearls, and beads. With Makiko Tada, she has helped popularize this ancient process and bring it into the realm of modern jewelry design. Students have enjoyed her classes throughout the U.S. and at the Bead&Button Show since 2007. Adrienne is honored to teach ongoing workshops in Japan for the Japanese Kumihimo Society, and to have her work exhibited at the TOHO Bead Museums.

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