Ancient Modern – Creating Trendsetting Kumihimo
with Adrienne Gaskell
Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry-making retreat and study under Adrienne Gaskell in the beautiful mountain town of Tahoe City, California. Prepare to refresh your creative spirit.
You will spend quality time in a comfortable studio classroom focused on mastering kumihimo beaded and fiber braids on the marudai, as well as learning jewelry design theory. You’ll savor delicious meals with Adrienne and fellow classmates, then relax and unwind at the Welcome Social and Instructor Showcase. The retreat will wrap up with a Group Photo Session after class to celebrate your accomplishment and provide lasting memories of our time together in Tahoe City.
Expand your braiding skills on the marudai and create a unique necklace with your sample braids.
This intensive workshop is built around three very easy, yet fundamental kumihimo braids. You will build on your individual level of proficiency while learning new variations of familiar braids. The course is designed to teach new approaches that expand upon basic braid interlacements. In addition to making sample braids, you’ll learn how to combine your samples into a contemporary necklace finished with a custom beaded clasp.
Techniques & Skills
You will learn and practice the following techniques and skills from Adrienne in this three-day class:
- Kumihimo beaded and fiber braids on the marudai
- Correct hand movements and tama handling
- How to add fiber while braiding to expand the number of working strands
- Easy handling of multi-strand silk for dividing into custom size bundles
- Multiple ways of approaching a braid structure to create different effects
Did you know?
Adrienne is the current president of the American Kumihimo Society. She teaches kumihimo workshops in the United States and Japan.