Japanese Braiding Workshop

Jennie Parry
Event date
9 Mar 2019 to 10 Mar 2019
Event time
10:00 - 16:30
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
Venue details

Entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Event type
Courses and workshops
Event cost
£210 (Includes all tuition, materials, behind the scenes tour & lunches)
Disabled access?
Booking required

Take 8 bobbins... A braiding weekend workshop making traditional Japanese braiding with tutor Jennie Parry, founder member & current President of The Braid Society, including an exclusive behind the scenes look at the collections.
Using the marudai, the traditional Japanese braiding stool, and 8 weighted bobbins, many different braids can be made. Depending on how the bobbins are moved, the braids can be round, square, flat or hollow, stiff or supple. Add colours in different proportions, a variety of threads and the possibilities are endless to make braids for use within fashion, soft furnishing, jewellery and creative textiles. The end product is beautiful and the process is very therapeutic!
On Day 1 of the workshop, participants will learn several braid structures, how to begin and finish successfully, how to follow the diagrams and how to record work. Day 2 will show ways to explore these structures using varied materials to create unique braids. All equipment, threads and handouts are provided. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a notebook, pencil and some medium-sized tie-on labels. It is note necessary to kneel to work: the marudai can be raised if you prefer to sit on a chair.
The workshop includes an exclusive behind the scenes look at the collections & a light sandwich lunch on both days.