This is an introductory course for total beginners and refreshers. It will cover all the basic technical skills required for Kumihimo, Japanese braiding. From this foundation, the course will then expand to introduce beadwork ideas so that the two concepts can be combined to produce new and original work.
During the course you will cover:
- Equipment - what, why and how.
- Warp threads - what, why and how.
- Working techniques - how to braid and improve your style.
- Braiding sequences - a variety of different structured braids and numerous patterns.
- Pattern design - how to use the grid system to create your own designs.
- Beads - consideration of various types.
- Combination techniques - various ways in which beads can be worked with braids.
- Design - options and ideas.
- Finishing techniques - a range of fancy finishes and joins.
The tutor will give an introductory talk on the first evening about what will be covered in the workshop and you can handle samples and look at design ideas.
By the end of the course you will have produced a range of samples illustrating these points, with an option of producing finished items if desired (usually jewellery).
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jacqui Carey completed a BA(Hons) degree in woven textiles at WSCAD in 1985, and has been practicing ever since. As a textile specialist and braidmaker, her work acknowledges tradition whilst exploring the creative, and has been widely exhibited. Jacqui is recognised as a leading authority in her field, and shares her expertise through writing and teaching. She is the author of several books andrecipient of a QEST Craft Scholarship.