Yes, it's time once again to learn Kumihimo, an ancient Japanese braiding technique, done on a foam board. In this first lesson, we'll learn the basic pattern and finish a braided key ring. We will also begin beading the cords needed to make the bracelet that we will complete in Lesson 2.
I will supply materials. The cost of materials is $10 which covers both lessons. You will need a handful of change and a twist-tie. No other tools will be required, although having a big-eye or wide-eye needle will make stringing the beads go much more quickly. You can get these at the Bead Gallery. Though not required, it's definitely worth the investment if you think this is something you might like to try on your own. If you have a Bead Spinner, you can also use that to string your beads, although if you've ever used one, you know that you'll need extra beads because they tend to fly everywhere!!!!
We will use size 6 seed beads which come in a kit that I have already purchased. The Kit also includes a magnetic clasp and the glue you will need. The kit makes a pretty small bracelet (6 inches) so if you want to make a longer one, you will need additional size 6 seed beads. I will provide the (round) foam boards to use. If you wish to purchase your own, they can be found at the Bead Gallery or many bead and/or hobby stores.
I will bring examples of Kumihimo to the meeting prior to this one (2/26 at the Bead Gallery), plus I'll be on hand to answer your questions and help you choose appropriate supplies.