What you will learn:
About the course
Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese artform of making braids and cords. Literally meaning "gathered threads", Kumihimo are made by interlacing reels of yarn, commonly silk, with the use of traditional, specialized looms - either a Marudai or a Takadai or with foam looms
In this course we will learn how to make Kumihimo using round foam looms.
- How to braid with different cords
- How to make different patterns
- How to make beaded Kumihimo
With these techniques you will be able to make necklaces and bracelets that are unique and beautiful!
Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Learn Kumihimo Basics
Basic / Intermediate / Advanced.
People looking for a new hobby, Artists, Creative folks and Fiber Artists
Learn how to braid cords and bead to create beautiful Kumihimo pieces.
About the instructor
I sculpt animals. I mangle and twist wool, I wet, poke and take air out to force the fiber to connect to itself and turn it into sculptures of lively animals. I often focus on species that are disappearing. I start with wool but textiles and embroidery are frequently part of the finished piece.
I start by choosing the animal I want to sculpt and the story it needs to tell, then I look for the colors of wool I will need. The technique is called needle felting and it asks for batts of wool because it felts faster. Then a barbed needle, a piece of foam, sometimes some wire and I’m ready to start poking the fiber and taking it on its new journey.
This is my way of telling the World that all life forms matter and should be honored and to try to reconnect people with nature.
Making is part of my daily activities. Since I’ve arrived in Utah in 2004 I’ve been learning to tell fiber stories in different ways and becoming more courageous to experiment and incorporate new materials.
I've published 3 books, have participated in several exhibits and am the co-owner of Curious Mondo, a company focused on teaching art and resourcefulness to people.