2-Day 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 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. In the afternoon you’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 rope bracelet. You’ll be amazed at how one simple motion easily and quickly locks the beads in place.


Kaku Yatsu Braid Structure “Beads as Fiber” Technique

On the second day you’ll finish up your beaded bracelet and work on a “beads a fiber” project. “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. What braid structure will you use? Choose from any of the structures you learned on day one!

The tuition for this fantastic two-day event is just $250. This workshop is limited to only eight 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.

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

Instructor: Rebecca Combs

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

Day One Tentative Schedule
Set-up marudai & learn tama slip-knot
Kusari Tsunagi – Chains
Hira Yatsu – Rectangular
Edo Yatsu – Round Basket Weave
Kaku Yatsu – Square
Set up for beaded bangle
Kongoh Gumi – Beaded Bangle

Day Two Tentative Schedule
Finish braiding beaded bangle
Set up marudai for “Beads as Fiber” technique
Braid “Beads as Fiber” necklace using your favorite braid structure from yesterday.

*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, 48 hours 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