Beaded Anda-gumi Braid
Saturday , July 9, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
9:30 am Student Check-In
The Anda-gumi braid was invented by Makiko Tada, adapting it from a similar braid done on the Takadai. The anda version was created to allow the braid to be made on the square foam plate. Until now, this has been a fiber braid; the structure did not lend itself to beads because of the angular structure of the braid and the difficulty in maintaining proper tension. Some versions of the braid have attempted to incorporate beads into the structure without much success. After almost 2 years of work, Miami’s Bob Galivan has developed a new approach to the braid by marrying the structure of the braid with techniques from other fiber disciplines to not only allow beads to be incorporated into the braid, but also allowing for an almost limitless array of patterns to be made. See photo showing some of the test braids Bob has made in his work refining the technique.
The Beaded Anda-gumi class will take students through the special techniques Bob developed to create this lovely braid. Working with square plates and two colors of beads, students will learn how to start and end the braid to accept clasps (as shown in the photos), how to plan out patterns for the braid, and how to “build” the braid they envision.
Kit Cost: $20 to $30
Kit will include everything necessary to create the braid: a square foam plate, #8 round beads, thread, 20mm 30-mm clasp, the class pattern, detailed instructions, and a blank braiding pattern that can be copied for future braids. If you want to bring your own #8 beads you can. If you don’t want the clasp, you will not be charged for it, but Bob thinks you will want it.
Workshop Location: American Legion, 7710 SW 59th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143
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