This striking beaded necklace is made by using both braiding and embellishment methods, featuring baroque cabochon beads to create a unique effect. Attending a workshop like this is a fantastic learning experience because the design incorporates some very clever techniques that are unique to Prumihimo, but it also includes some valuable transferable skills, which you will be able to use in other work, taking your kumihimo braiding to new levels. Features of the design include working with 2-hole cabochon beads, learning embellishment techniques with seed beads with a beading needle and incorporating bugle beads into the embellishment. The workshop is divided into 2 sessions, so that the time with me, Pru McRae, is spent learning and the braiding can be finished off between the sessions. This removes the time pressure on those who prefer to braid more slowly and everyone can start the second session at the same stage. Some pre-class preparation is required to ensure that all the class time is well-spent. A workshop with me is never just about the design. My aim is to share what I have learned in over a decade of kumihimo experience and will have lots of supplementary advice to offer and samples to show.
Please note that this workshop is intermediate level and is only open to those who can already braid confidently and accurately with and without beads on the Prumihimo disk. If you are not sure if this workshop is suitable for you please contact me and I will be able to advise you.
To take part in this virtual workshop you will need a device such as a laptop, computer, ipad or other tablet with audio and video. Smart phones can also be used, but the small screen size makes them less suitable. You need to have reasonably strong internet connections. Weaker connections mean that not only will your view of the demonstrations be less clear, but also that it will be much harder for me to inspect your work. You need to have downloaded the free version of the Zoom app and be able to join a meeting. It is your responsibility to make sure you have the correct equipment and knowledge to join a meeting, but lots of help is available on zoom.us and you can contact me prior to the day of the workshop for assistance.
The start time for both sessions is UK (GMT) 4.00pm/ET 11.00am/CT 10.00am/MT 9.00am/PT 8.00am . You can check the time where you live using this calculator. When you receive the zoom link please check the time carefully. This will be the correct time for your time zone.
The first session will be approximately 2 1/2 hours and the second session will be approximately 2 1/2 hours, making 5 hours in total.
Materials and equipment : The full list will be sent by email when this workshop is booked and it includes, Prumihimo disk, glue-in clasp, satin cord, beading cord, seed beads, two-hole cabochon beads and bugle bead. No kits are offered for this workshop and it is your responsibility to make sure you buy your materials in good time. Shortly before the class you will be sent the details of the pre-class preparation required.
Instructions : Several days before the workshop you will be sent instructions of how to set up your disk and thread on the beads in advance of the class. The full instructions will be emailed to you the day before the workshop for you to either print or view during the class on a separate device. You will receive the link to the workshop in a separate email at the same time.
Class size : Class sizes vary and most are for 8-12 students, depending on the complexity of the design, the skill level of the students and the demand for the class. The maximum number of students in any workshop will not exceed 15 students, so that I can ensure that each person receives the time and attention they require. Each workshop booking is for one person only.
Sorry, no refunds, unless you purchase in error and contact me within 24 hours of purchase. Please check the time and date of both class sessions carefully before purchase and make sure that once you have booked your place you purchase any necessary supplies in good time.
What to expect in a Zoomihimo by Prumihimo workshop : A virtual workshop can be a surprisingly effective learning environment, with plenty of close-ups, repetition and feedback from the tutor. My aim is also to make it a sociable occasion, so that you can get to know your fellow students. I will email a sheet of guidance and protocols along with the necklace instructions, so that you feel comfortable and are able to make the most of the experience.