KUMIHIMO with Karen Huntoon


with Karen Huntoon

May 17, 18, 19, 2018
— contact PTArts to be on waiting list and perhaps a 2nd workshop can be scheduled

Thursday – Saturday  May 17-19, 2018
Meets at the Henhouse Studio, end of Madsen Lane, Fort Bragg

Tuition $280
To enroll send $50 non-refundable deposit with contact information and class request to:
Pacific Textile Arts 450 Alger St. Fort Bragg, CA 95437
OR … use our online registration form and optionally pay deposit with paypal.


Day 1:   Make a Braided Necklace that starts as a 16 strand braid, splits off to an 8 strand braided extension
(which will serve as the loop to attach the pendant)    and then re-joins and continues as a 16 strand braid.
Day 2:   Make a bracelet with a Continuous Pattern Braid with Seamless Color Changes.
Day 3:   Learn how to design and make an All Beaded Bracelet.
Classes are taught using Kumihimo Disk – you are welcome to use a disk, Marudai or both for beading.

My name is Karen Huntoon and I am the founder of What a Knit/What a Braid.

Almost a decade ago, my mom intervened in my hectic and busy work-filled life and said these words that changed my world “you need some creativity in your life”. I shrugged. She told me she had learned a fun technique called Kumihimo and she thought I would enjoy it. I was too busy to listen. She mentioned it a few more times over the years and when she threatened to teach her grand-daughter, instead of me, my ears perked up and I got in on the lesson. So, I have my mom to thank for changing my life. I will never forget my 15 minute Kumihimo lesson taught by my mom. I, like many of you, was instantly hooked on Kumihimo. My husband thought I was obsessed. And I admit, I was. Hook, line and sinker. I read and practiced and read and practiced. I haven’t stopped braiding since. I love, love, love it.

My start is simple. In June of 2010 I started teaching Kumihimo classes, set up a website and my business has grown and grown and grown. This is my full time pursuit. I am the sole proprietor and I am the designer, teacher, pattern writer, newsletter writer, marketer, order packer and accountant. I have taken classes from many of the “greats” including Rodrick Owen, Jacqui Carey and Makiko Tada. Kumihimo has opened many doors and provided many unique experiences. I have met wonderful, wonderful people and I am so grateful.

I live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains in Truckee, California with my husband Robbie and my four-legged love, Zuka (a Golden Retriever). When I am not braiding, I enjoy cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, mountain bike riding, road bike riding and traveling in our motorhome we call Winnie (it’s a Winnebago).

I braid with fiber and beads and I use the Hamanaka Foam Disk and Plate, the Marudai and most recently the Takadai.   My brain never gets tired of thinking about how Kumihimo works, what I can do with it next and how I can share it with others. Happy Braiding!

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