Event Phone: 276.236.3500
- Kumihimo Braid with Juanita Finger
September 7, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Kumihimo Braid with Beads
Instructor: Juanita Finger
Date: Saturday, September 7
Class Fee: $39
Materials Fee: $30 Beading Kit
Learn how to create a gorgeous Kumihimo beaded bracelet! Juanita will walk you through this Japanese art form and how to embellish your piece with beads.
Beading kits include materials for a 7″ wrist with extra beads to make slightly bigger.
What is Kumihimo?
Kumihimo is the traditional Japanese technique of braiding strands of silk to create intricately colored cords. The cords, also called kumihimo, are strong but slender, and have a multitude of uses. Samurai once used kumihimo as laces for their armor. The traditional belt of the kimono, the obi, was once bound by a cord of kumihimo called an obijime. It is an art both culturally significant and beautiful.In Japanese, the word kumihimo means to gather or combine cord or thread. As the ornately jewel-like ropes suggest, modern kumihimo can involve many strands. At first, the process was done entirely by hand without the help of any sort of tool. These earliest kumihimo are generally monochromatic or at least very limited in color. Later, weavers developed tools that could accomplish more complicated patterns, permitting makers to include more colors. The first kumihimo looms, called takadai and marudai, are rather large and unwieldy, and fairly stationary.
About the Instructor | Juanita Finger
She designs and beads various types of items including tapestries, sculptures, and jewelry. She has been published four times including the “Spring 2011 Showcase” by Beadcreator and the “My work” section of Bead and Button Magazine.
She has published her own book titled “Beaded Inspirations”. It is a picture book designed to inspire.
Visit her Web site: https://www.beadedfinger.com
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