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…

Here’s 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 of class, you’ll make a sampler braid using four different braid structures – including two that can’t be done on the disk. New braiders will focus on tama management and learning the braiding sequences. More experienced braiders will focus on improved braiding posture, form, and tension.

On the second day you’ll learn two different techniques for beading on the marudai.  First up, 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 rope modular focal.  You’ll be amazed at how one simple motion easily and quickly locks the beads in place.

Next you’ll work on a continuous beads project. Continuous beads (aks “Beads as Fiber”) is a technique where rather than dropping the beads one at a time, you braid with the beads under tension as a continuous strand.  You’ll make a beaded edo yatsu modular focal section.

The fee for this fantastic two-day event is just $295 and that includes 12-hours of classroom instruction, written instructions, and beads and stringing materials you’ll use in class.  This workshop is limited to only six students, so please call 520-209-1900 right away to sign up for the 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.

About your instructor: Rebecca Ann Combs is a world-renowned kumihimo instructor, author, and designer with over ten years of experience. She is the author of the best-selling books Kumihimo Basics & Beyond and Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified. Her innovative techniques are stretching the bounds of what’s possible with kumihimo and taking this ancient art to new realms of modern jewelry design. As a teacher she is best known for her clear communication style and step-by-step instructions that leave nothing to chance. She delights in introducing new students to the world of kumihimo and helping them unleash their creative potential.

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

Tuition Fee: $295 (includes materials and use of equipment)

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
  • Continuous beads (aka “Beads as Fiber”) technique
  • Kumihimo math as it pertains to estimating materials required and planning a design

Day One Tentative Schedule
Set-up marudai & learn tama slip-knot
Kusari Tsunagi – Chains
Hira Yatsu – Rectangular
Kaku Yatsu – Square
Edo Yatsu – Round Basket Weave

Day Two Tentative Schedule
Kongoh Gumi beaded bracelet
Edo Yatsu continuous beads modular focal section

*About Lunch:There are many places within walking distance or a very short drive from Design & Adorn. At the Grant/Swan intersection you’ll find: AppleBee’s, Panda Express, Jimmy Jonhn’s, Chipoltle, Panera Bread, Smash Burger, La Salsa, Startbucks, and Dunkin Donuts. If you’d rather pack your lunch, you’re welcome to keep it in our mini fridge.

Cancellation Policy: When you register for the workshop, we reserve a space just for you. Because of the small intimate nature of the workshop (limited to 6 students), two weeks advance notice is required transfer to another course or to receive a store credit.

Coming from out of town? There are two hotels on Grant just 1/2 mile down the road from Design & Adorn.

Extended Stay America

  • Address: 5050 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • Phone:(520) 795-9510
  • Hotel class: 2 stars

Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites

  • Address: 5151 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • Phone:(800) 325-3535
  • Hotel class: 3 stars

Do I need to buy a marudai? You don’t need to have your own marudai for class. You can use our classroom marudai and see if you like it before investing in the equipment. Once you’re ready to buy your own marudai, we recommend the marudai from Braiders Hand.

2020 Dates

Thursday & Friday, February 13th & 14th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day.

Wednesday & Thursday, March 4th & 5th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day.

Friday, & Saturday, April 17th & 18th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day

Friday & Saturday, May 29th & 30th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day
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Friday & Saturday, June 19th & 20th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day.
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Tuesday & Wednesday, November 17th & 18th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day.
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Friday & Saturday, December 11th & 12th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day.
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2021 Dates

Wednesday & Thursday, January 6th & 7th

Wednesday & Thursday, February 17th & 18th

Wednesday & Thursday, March 17th & 18th