We're very happy to announce that we will be teaching at the 12th Annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival this weekend.
On Friday March 4th from 12 to 3pm we are teaching Knitting with Beads.
We will show multiple methods for adding beads to your projects and talk about what beads are good for what types of fiber. You will start to make a beaded cuff bracelet. This is an easy project that lets you focus on the beads instead of any complicated directions. If you can knit, you can make this beautiful, sparkly, soft bracelet. Come and have fun with beads and learn to make this spectacular but easy bracelet for yourself in many colors and then for all of your friends and family. You will also want to add beads to all of your future projects once you see how easy it is! This class is open to all levels, students must know how to cast on, knit and cast off.
On Sunday March 6th from 9am to 12pm we will be teaching Basic Kumihimo with Beads.
In this class you will start with learning all the basic skills needed to do Kumihimo. Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique that is very simple and easy to learn. You will learn how to measure your strings, prepare the disk and make a braid. You will then move on to playing with beads and begin a stunning elegant fully beaded Kumihimo bracelet that looks so complicated. In reality it is incredibly easy! Detailed instructions are given during the class. You can’t take the instructor home with you, but you can take her highly detailed and easy to follow written instructions with you when you leave the class. So easy you will find yourself braiding every bead in sight!
There are still a few spaces available for each class, but you must register on site.
Of course we will also be vending and have an amazing selection of beads, kits, and supplies for knitting and crochet with beads including our brand new selection of triangle-shaped beads in lots of colors! These beads sold out at our previous shows this year, so make sure to get yours early.
So, where is this show? Why it's in the fantastic city of Pittsburgh!
Friday March 4th 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday March 5th 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday March 6th 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
3rd floor – Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Booths 89 & 100
This is our first time in Pittsburgh, so we look forward to meeting all of our Pittsburgh fans and enjoying your lovely city!
See you on Friday!
We had a wonderful time at the Massachussets Sheep and Woolcraft Fair last weekend and are gearing up for the Maine Fiber Frolic June 6th and 7th. After that, it's back to the Left Coast for us!
First up will be having a trunk show and teaching a Basic Beaded Kumihimo Class at Blizzard Yarn and Fiber in Vancouver, WA. The class will be on June 13th from 11am until 2pm. For only $65 you will learn basic kumihimo as well as kumihimo with beads and leave the class with a beautiful fully beaded bracelet. Spaces are filling up quickly, so if you want to attend, reserve your space today. In addition to teaching, we will have a trunk show on June 13th from 2 to 5pm and June 14th from 1-4pm. If that isn't enough beady goodness, Laurinda Reddig will be teaching Crocheting with Beads on 13th from 3 to 5pm. She is an amazing instructor and designer and a great person. Don't miss out on this opportunity to add some sparkle to your crochet projects.You can call the lovely folks at Blizzard to sign up for either class (360) 991-5350.
Also in the works is a trunk show and possibly a class at Seattle Yarn. The tentative date is June 17th, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!
Next is the Black Sheep Gathering on June 19th through the 21st. This will be our first time at the Gathering and everyone we've talked with says we'll be glad we came. The entire Marketplace will be indoors in the Exhibit Hall and will have the added bonus of WIFI, Air Conditioning and nice restrooms. Lily Chin will be teaching Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled – Bead Knitting on Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm and we'll have plenty of beautiful beads on hand for those who need to bring some to class or get some to take home.
We can't wait to see all our pacific Northwest friends and to make lots of new ones!
Kumihimo (ku-me-he-mo) is an ancient Japanese braiding technique. It is believed to date back to the Nara Period of Japanese history (645-784 CE). At this time the braids were used primarily as fasteners for clothing.
As Buddhism became the dominant religion during Japan’s Heian Period (784-1184 CE), braids of various sizes and thicknesses were used in temple interiors and the art of creating beautiful braids was used as a form of meditation.
As time went on, a warrior class called the Samurai became highly influential and, consequently, the demand for armour increased. Samurai armour contains many lacquered iron plates, which are joined by braided ribbons. One suit of armor required approximately 250-300 meters (273-328 yards) of braid. Additionally Kumihimo braids were used for binding on swords, horse armour and horse harnesses. The time of the Samurai also saw the rise of the tea ceremony which requires elegant kumihimo for the storage containers. The elaborate knotting of Kumihimo braids was also a way to prevent the tea from being poisoned, since the knotting was difficult to re-create once it was disturbed.
Kumihimo returned to its roots as a clothing fastener with a change in kimono style. The introduction of a very wide obi (sash) required a narrow cord to hold it in place. The braided obijime was created for this purpose. The style is still worn in Japan today when wearing a kimono is appropriate.
Kumihimo braids are traditionally made on a Marudai stand which can produce braids that arethe round, square, or flat. While being worked, the finished braid is pulled downward by a counterweight while the threads are weighted by wooden bobbins called kata.
Kumihimo was introduced to the Western world in the 20th century. Using foam discs and light weight plastic bobbins made Kumihimo portable and easy to do. By putting the fiber for the braid into the grooves cut in the foam, the need to use weighted bobbins is eliminated. Now a weight is only needed on the braid itself. Moving the fibers back and forth across the disc creates the braid and the way the fibers are set up around the disc creates the pattern the braid will have. Any type of fiber can be used on the Kumihimo disc. We have created braids using plastic, yarn, metal, leather, and various types of string.
Not only can the braid pattern be formed by coloured strings, it can also be changed by using beads in the braid itself. By incorporating beads on one or more of the strands of the braid, a the braid can have a completely different look.
We're just a couple of bead chicks who found fiber and came over to the dark side. It's OK though, we brought cookies :)
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