This workshop is all about braiding with metal connectors and the aim is to introduce the students to a new way of adding detail to a braid and to help them to explore the potential of this technique. A pack of connectors is included in the price (but please note that you will be charged for shipping) In the pack there will be all the connectors you need to make the featured necklace and you will also be able to make a matching bracelet. The pack will also contain enough connectors for 4 additional projects and the instructions for these additional projects will emailed before the class. On the first day of the class the featured necklace will be braided. On the second day embellishment will be covered and demonstrations will also be given for the key parts of the additional projects, as well as other ways of using connectors. Students will need to supply their own cords, beads and clasps and this will mean that everyone’s work will be different, even though they will be using the same connectors. Students are encouraged to bring along other connectors they may have in their stash, so that we can discuss how they could be used with the Prumihimo disk and I will have lots of samples to show and explain.
This 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 featured 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 Connector braiding workshop is for those who are already able to braid with a Prumihimo disk (this is different to the regular kumihimo disk) and are already able to braid with beads on this disk. If you are not sure if this workshop is suitable for you please contact me and I will be able to advise you and give you some pre-workshop assistance if appropriate. Please do not book this workshop if you have never used a Prumihimo disk.
The connector packs will be sent out to international customers using standard mail, which is NOT tracked. If you would prefer to have tracked mail, please let me know in the comments box.
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, satin cord or soutache, beading cord, seed beads and a clasp. Only the connectors 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 : These 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 : The class size will vary according to demand and will usually be 8-12 students. However, please note that I have increased the maximum number of students in a workshop to 15, to allow flexibility for exceptional circumstances. This will still allow me to give each person all the time and attention they need. 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.