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Join us for Beginner Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet with Randy Spicocchi
Students will be guided through the basics of braiding a round braid on a Kumihimo disk. Once begun we will be adding the 8 cords of pre-loaded seed beads into the round braid to create a 6-10” beaded bracelet. You will be following a loading pattern/guide to help you in preparing one of two different patterns. Students will then be shown how to add these beads into the center of the disk hole to make a beautiful-beaded bracelet. Students will also learn how to problem solve as they become comfortable with this beading process. Once done we will be attaching a magnetic end clasp, and, time permitting, start a second bracelet with a different beaded pattern.
No previous braiding or sewing skills are required. It is helpful to be able to grasp and pull relatively thin cords with your fingers in a repetitive manner. We will take a break every 60-90 minutes.
Note: Color combinations that are available are blue tones with white OR Picasso earth tones. Student will receive enough beads, cords, charm, and a magnetic end clasp to make a second bracelet on their own.
There is an additional supply fee of $65 paid to the instructor on the day of class and includes: Kumihimo disk, counterweight, plastic bobbins, bead mat, bead scoops and cord, large eye needle, sea themed charms, seed beads, and magnetic end clasp (Charms and clasps vary on availability).
What to Bring:
- $65 supply fee
- Wear comfortable clothing, and shoes. (Bring a sweater or jacket, as the room is air conditioned).
- Bring a magnifying light/glass or reading glasses to use when working with small seed beads. This is helpful especially if it is a cloudy day.
- Bring water, and snacks (optional)
- If you sensitive to odors please wear a face mask as we will be using a non-toxic quick-drying glue and/or sealer for the cords.
Note, if you have taken the class before and have the kumihimo disk and counter weight bring them to class and your supply fee is reduced to $50
It is recommended that participants be prepared to sit for the majority of the class, except during demonstrations where students will stand to observe instruction.
Randy Spicocchi began designing jewelry while growing up in Northern New Mexico. He currently specializes in beaded and fiber arts of Kumihimo Braiding, where an infinite number of designs can be made by weaving various cords into spiral design. Randy began braiding designs in 2016 and has studied with Makiko Tada and Adrienne Gaskell (two of the world’s most renowned kumihimo authors and braiders).
Randy was recently recognized by the American Kumihimo Society for “Best Beaded Lanyard” during the 2023 Annual Conference held in San Francisco, CA. His designs are also currently being sold by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement in the Pop-Up Mākeke program. Visit his design website, www.AkaleiDesigns.com, to see his artistry on reimagining forever Hawaiian Lei using glass beads. He is also an active member of the Maui Quilt Guild
Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.
This class is open to adults, and minors ages 12-17 when accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you are interested in taking the class with your child, please register online and add your child as a guest. Those registering for a Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui class may add one guest based on availability.
We require a minimum of three participants for each class. A full refund will be issued to those registered, if class is cancelled by Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui. Refunds for class registration cancellation by participant will be issued in full only if the cancellation is made more than 14 days before the class begins.
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