Instructor: Shirley Berlin
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Q&A session: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 2:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time Link here Meeting ID: 931 8814 1773 Passcode: 610680
In the Hide and Seek on a Disk class you will learn three different ways to braid around core yarns. Hide and Seek references how the colors come and go. Students will learn how to complete a Laramie braid, a 16 strand Kongo gumi and a braid that combines Kongo with a square braid. All braids, including the square braid, are made on a disk although the Kongo gumi and Combination braids may be completed on the marudai. Interestingly, none of these braids require any adjustment moves.
In this class you will also learn how to start a braid with a blunt end, make your own “satin cord” and complete a beaded ending.
Students will learn:
Sixteen strands of each of two contrasting colors are utilized to make the Kongo gumi braid. Kongo is the basic “left up, right down” braid and in this case the core threads rest on top of the disk and are shifted with each move. Note that Shirley Berlin utilizes various color layouts for the two color Kongo gumi.
Square and Combination Braids (rev. 051721)
A Disk will work for all three braids. A Marudai may be used for the two Kongo based braids.
Foam discs, preferably three
Counterweights, a variety of weights
Yarns for all except the outside strands on the Combination braid: Ribbon yarns, pearl or mercerized cottons, shiny synthetics, etc. Do not choose a fiber with stretch, such as wool. Most lengths are short and do not require use of bobbins.
Yarns for the outside “fat” strands of the combination braid: the yarn should be a “stuffed” hollow synthetic “ribbon yarn” or fat rattail or stiff metallic cord.
Yarn lengths for actual braid structures (shorter lengths can be used for learning a braid structure):
Laramie: 10 strands of color 1, approximately 60 cm or 24 in
10 strands of color 2, approximately 60 cm or 24 in
Kongo gumi: 16 strands of color 1, approximately 60 cm or 24 in
16 strands of color 2, approximately 60 cm or 24 in
Combination: 4 strands of color 1, approximately 80 cm or 32 in
4 strands of color 2, approximately 80 cm or 32 in
4 strands of color 3, approximately 160 cm or 64 in
Bobbins: 4 flexible plastic bobbins, such as E-Z Bobs. These will be used for the 4 strands of the Combination braid.
Note: each kit is unique in the yarn choices but follow the below guidelines.
Postage with tracking (Note: kits are being mailed from Canada).
Short yarn sets for learning Laramie and Square braids
Longer yarn sets of at least bracelet length; one for each braid structure. These yarns are chosen for success. These sets may include ribbon yarns, pearl or mercerized cottons, shiny synthetic yarns, etc.
Blunt darning needle and “stuffing” yarn
4 flexible plastic bobbins
Beads for endings, color coordinated with the yarns
Note: counterweights are not supplied