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.

Ancient Modern – Creating Trendsetting Kumihimo

Class Description

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 also the President of the American Kumihimo Society.
Additional Information

Registration Includes:

  • Three (3) days of instruction from Adrienne.

  • Use of instructor tools and equipment

  • Step-by-step tutorial

  • Delicious meals from Friday dinner through Tuesday lunch

  • Invitation to Welcome Social on Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

  • Access to Instructor Showcase on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 7:30 – 9 p.m. (includes cocktails and hors d’oevres)

  • Group Photo Celebration

Pre-requisite: This class is suitable for students with intermediate to advanced kumihimo skills. Students must be proficient in setting up and braiding an eight-strand braid on a marudai.

 Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Materials & Supplies

Tools and Supplies to BrinG

  • Marudai
  • 16 weighted tama
  • 50% counterweight
  • Tulip awl
  • Beading mat
  • Scissors
  • Note taking materials
  • Task light or lighting/magnification that you normally use.

Materials in Kit

  • Japanese silk: custom ombre dyed and coordinating colors, metallic fibers, seed beads, needles, waxed linen, Fray Check, One•G beading thread, knitting needle, magnetic closure.


Registration Fee
Registration for this class includes both a registration and kit fee.

Early Bird Rate: $1049 (register by Aug 15 to receive this rate)
Regular Rate: $1199

Kit Fee
$110  (This fee will be collected during registration.)

Adrienne Gaskell

Adrienne Gaskell’s jewelry designs explore the ancient Japanese fiber art of kumihimo braiding. By incorporating gemstones, pearls, and beads, Adrienne has brought this technique into the realm of modern jewelry design. Her designs have been featured in Lark Books, Bead&Button’s BeadDreams competition, Bead and Button magazine, and the Toho Design Challenge. She exhibits her award-winning jewelry at juried art shows and select galleries across the country.

Adrienne is the current president of the American Kumihimo Society. She teaches kumihimo workshops in the United States and Japan.

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