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June 21-23, 2013 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, IL
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Bead Weaving Beading Color Work
Crochet Design Dyeing
Dyeing: Natural Fabric Painting Fascinator Hats
Felting : Wet Felting Handspinning Jewelry
Knitting Kumihimo Lace
Needle Felting Polymer Clay Spinning
Surface Design Technique Weaving
Weaving: Continuous Strand Weaving: Continuous Warp Weaving: Tablet Weaving


Class ID: 1182 - Kumihimo for Beginners

Teacher: Mary Libby Neiman
Class Level: Beginner (no experience)
Class Type:
Class Date: Saturday August 2nd
Class Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Class Location: B

Kumihimo is an ancient technique now also being practiced on a contemporary version of the traditional kumihimo braiding disk. The braiding process can produce a wide variety of cords suitable for projects as diverse as necklaces to custom tie backs for curtains. Once the set up and beginning "rounds" are established, the braiding is rhythmical and easy to follow. When beads are added to the cord as it is fabricated, the finished object closely resembles bead crochet.

Students Will Learn: how to set up a kumihimo disk in preparation for braiding an 18" cord necklace. The braiding process will be demonstrated and practiced. Findings for finishing the cord will be supplied and their installation will be demonstrated. Adding beads to braided cords will also be demonstrated and samples of beaded cords will be available for examination. Most students should be able to finish their projects in class. Cords made on a kumihimo disk can be used for many kinds of projects from handbag handles to trimming garments to home decor.

Homework: none

Class Prerequisites(Students should know): how to follow written instructions

Materials Fee: $16.00
   *Material fees are separate from class fees and paid to the instructor the day of the class.

Materials Fee Includes: instructions, Kumihimo disk, complete set of metal findings for finishing andcords for braiding.

Students Should Bring: scissors and magnafication, if needed. Bring a special pendant to wear on the cord, if desired.

Teacher Will Supply: Special gel glue and specialized bobbins to use in class for holding the threads.

Minimum Age: 15
Maximum Class Size: 18
Class Fee: $40.00

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