Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet with Button Closure!

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Instructor: Susan Ryza
Susan Ryza designs & fabricates hand-crafted jewelry using a variety of materials, including wire, cord, gemstones, Swarovski crystal, plate metal, chain, fabric & ribbon. As a jewelry teacher as well as a designer, she loves learning & incorporating new techniques & methods – among them chain maille, bead weaving, wirework & bead stringing. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MS in Education from Long Island University. Since 2000, she teaches jewelry-making & fiber crafts at Santa Monica College, various local Santa Monica schools & stores, & at her home studio. Having a textile design background, she especially enjoys adapting fiber techniques for jewelry – using macramé, crochet, spool knitting, netting, weaving, knotting & braiding. In addition to teaching, Susan worked with weavers in the Peace Corps in El Salvador and owned a wholesale millinery and handcraft import business for 15 years. Website:

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Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: April 27, from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $69 » including all materials and printed instructions, plus $15 for Kumihimo Tools kit.

In this class, you will learn the (surprisingly simple) basics of Kumihimo, the ancient art of Japanese braiding. You will then learn to combine this finely detailed (but still easy!) braiding with metal beads to create this unusual and beautiful bracelet! You will come away with a finished bracelet, along with detailed, printed instructions for applying these techniques in future projects.
For more information and to sign up for the workshop, email or call 310-944-1299.
Location: Starlight Ballroom, Booths 116-117

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