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2-Day Intensive Marudai Workshop

Are you ready to take your kumihimo to the next level? Maybe you’re a disk braider and you’ve been curious about the marudai. You love kumihimo, but you’re just not sure why everyone is so excited about a big wooden stand…

Let me tell you what the fuss is all about. Everything you can do on the disk, you can do on the marudai 2 – 3 times faster! And, there are lots of cool techniques you can do on the marudai that you really can’t do on a disk!

If you’re excited to give it a try and want to experience a wide variety of techniques over two amazing days, this workshop is for you!

If you have some previous marudai experience and want to become a more efficient and confident braider, this workshop is for you, too! Focus on improving your form and gain a better understanding of the point-of-braiding. You don’t really know a braid, until you can unbraid it!

On the first day you’ll make a sampler braid using four different braid structures – including two that can’t be done on a disk. Then you’ll make a beaded rope bracelet and be amazed at how one simple motion easily and quickly locks the beads in place!

On the second day you’ll finish up your beaded bracelet and begin planning your own necklace design. Will it be fiber focused or bead focused? Are you including a tassel or pendant? What braid structure will you use? All of these design choices are up to you! I’ll help with the kumihimo math and walk you through the design process. You’ll braid in the afternoon and soon you’ll be wearing your necklace or bracelet.

The tuition for this fantastic two-day event is just $250. This workshop is limited to only ten students, so please call 520-209-1900 right away to sign up.

I hope you can join me for my Two-Day Intensive Marudai Workshop at Design & Adorn in Tucson.

Who should attend this workshop? There are no prerequisites to take this workshop, but we will be covering a lot of material in only 2 days. This course is recommended for highly motivated beginners and experienced braiders looking to take their skills to the next level.

On the first day of class, we’ll make a sampler braid using four colors of rattail. New braiders will focus on tama management and learning the braiding sequences. More experienced braiders will focus on improved braiding posture, form, and tension. In the afternoon we’ll learn how to drop beads into the kongoh gumi braid structure (this is the basic round braid most people first learn on the disk) and make a beaded bracelet. You’ll have the option of adding a focal bead to the braid.

On the second day of class, each student will design and braid a work of wearable art using the skills learned on the first day. The complexity of this piece will depend upon your comfort level as a braider. The design can be fiber or bead focused.

Design & Adorn
4630 E. Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712

Instructor: Rebecca Combs

Minimum number of students: 4

Maximum number of students: 7

Tuition Fee: $250

The following tools are provided for your use during the workshop:

  • Western-height Marudai with 10″ mirror
  • 70gram tama
  • chopstick
  • Counter-Weights
  • Bead Spinners and Bead Spinner Needles

Students will learn the following essential skills of marudai braiding:

  • Care & feeding of a marudai
  • Tama management including using lead cords and slip knots
  • Five different 8-warp braid structures: Kongoh Gumi, Edo Yatsu, Kaku Yatsu, Kusuri-Tsunagi, Hira Yatsu
  • Dropping beads to make bead ropes in the Kongoh Gumi braid structure
  • Kumihimo math as it pertains to estimating materials required and planning a design

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