Design Principles for Kumihimo Jewelry

with Adrienne Gaskell

Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry-making retreat, to study under Adrienne Gaskell in the unique and creative town of Asheville, North Carolina. 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 share delicious lunches daily 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 accomplishments and provide lasting memories of our time together in Asheville.

Design Principles for Kumihimo Jewelry

Class Description

Learn to find and use inspiration to create kumihimo jewelry that reflects your own personal style. Design, plan and create incredibly beautiful Kumihimo beaded and fiber braids on the Marudai. Gain an understanding of jewelry design theory and apply this knowledge to your own unique piece of kumihimo jewelry.

This class will allow you to direct your course of study depending on your skill level and project goals. Adrienne will provide time to work on projects as well, but the focus is not on completing the project but in mastering the skills. Adrienne will also share inspirational tips for creating award-winning jewelry.

This course is open to students who are proficient using a Marudai with beads and who are ready to be guided in both group and individual sessions by a master instructor.


You will learn the following techniques from Adrienne in this three-day class:

  • Kumihimo beaded and fiber braids on the Marudai
  • Step-by-step review of the principles of jewelry design theory
  • Skills and application of design theory
  • The ability to create pieces that truly reflect your personal style
  • Inspirational tips to stay connected to your work

Did you know?

Adrienne is also the President of the American Kumihimo Society.
Additional Information

Registration Includes:

  • Three (3) days of instruction from Adrienne Gaskell

  • Use of instructor tools and equipment

  • Step by step tutorial

  • Delicious and nutritious lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

  • Invitation to Welcome Social Friday, October 12, 2018 at 4:30pm

  • Access to Instructor Showcase on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 8:00pm (includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres)

  • Group Photo Celebration

    Pre-requisite: Students must be proficient using a Marudai with beads. Fiber experience helpful but not required.

Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Materials & Supplies

Tools and Supplies to BrinG

  • Marudai
  • Design beads for 2 to 3 projects (Instructor will provide suggested design beads at least 60 days prior to start of class)

  • Focal beads, pearls or gemstones that reflect personal style or color preference

  • 8 to 16 tama

  • Counter weight (40% of tama weight)

  • Bead mat

  • Measuring tape

  • Task light and magnifiers (if necessary)

Materials in Kit

  • Design notebook with full color illustrations; seed beads and Czech beads in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes; braiding cord and core materials


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

$993 Low Rate Extended
Regular Rate: $1145

Kit Fee
$50 (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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