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Beginners Kumihimo (Japanese Braiding)

May 12, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


In her Beginners Kumihimo workshop, Lesley will share with you the ancient craft of Japanese braiding. Kumihimo literally means the ‘gathering of threads’, and is a technique that’s thousands of years old. It’s now used to make not only fabulous jewellery, but also handles for bags, dog leads, lanyards and a myriad of other useful and decorative cords. The basics of braiding are easy to learn, relaxing to do and totally addictive! .

Lesley will show you various different techniques as you make at least three braids. Basic materials will be provided, and you can take home the Kumihimo disk. We also sell a range of materials suitable for this form of braiding. The braids can be used for multiple purposes – key rings, handbag charms etc.This is a perfect craft for long journeys, or whiling away time on holiday. The materials can easily be carried in a handbag or hand luggage, and taken on both train and plane journeys as there are no sharp parts – unlike knitting and crochet!

We also have some materials available for you to purchase, allowing you to carry on practicing your new skills.

About the teacher : Lesley Gleeson, Coburg Crafts, is one of our most successful exhibitors, working across a range of jewellery materials including sterling silver, silver plate, beads, lampwork glass, and semi-precious stones. Lesley’s jewellery range has something for all tastes and budgets.


May 12, 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Blue Room
The Sion, Crown Glass Place
Nailsea, North Somerset BS48 1RB United Kingdom
07456 517086

What do our customers say about our workshops?

What was the best thing about the workshop?

I am not very artistic , so it caters for all levels, and still the end product looks good. (Fused Glass, February 2018) 

Really helpful teaching and nice small group. Loved it! (Claire, Beginners Machine Sewing January 2018)

Very enjoyable relaxed atmosphere, learning new techniques. (Jan, Weave Pattern and Texture on a Peg Loom, January 2018)

Making something I’m proud of, learning new skills, and the social side. Cheese scone recommended! (Jan, January 2018, Beginners Patchwork)

A good way to spend time with friends; the finished product; swishing around with my new skirt; learning how to use my sewing machine. (Mar, Darcy, Lizzie, and Isabella. January 2018, Children’s private group sewing)

Lovely relaxing thing to do in the build up to Christmas. (Claire, Fused Glass, December 2017)

Very relaxing and enjoyable, will definitely do more at home. (Sharon, Needle Felting, December 2017)