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Marion Jewels in Fiber
P. O. Box 6776
Chico CA 95927
USA

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2014 calendar

Cavandoli 2.0 - Thursday-Friday, November 13-14
Join us for a 2-day class at BABE, the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza at the Marriott Convention Center in Oakland City Center. Registration just opened, so if you are interested sign up soon. Last year this workshop sold out fast. For more info about class or visit BABE website

workshops - program descriptions
Crown Knotting | Bead Edging around the Donut | Cord, Nothing but Cords
Turk's Head Knots
| Braided Kumihimo Neckpiece | Cavandoli 2.0
How to End Kumihimo Braids and Make Clasps
| Chinese Button Knot Amulet | Cabochon Fiber Setting
 
Crown Knotting & Fiber Endings

Crown Knotting

Crown knotting or the crown knot sennit is an elegant solution for stringing beads with larger holes such as antique beads and keeping them from touching each other. The crown knots have many advantages over traditional overhand knots. The knots are completely symmetrical. They are easier to keep snug against the beads and are especially well suited when stringing beads with large holes or uneven holes as the ratio between the cord going through the beads and the actual size of the knot is much larger than with overhand knots.

Learn how to tie 4-strand crown knots with the use of a kumihimo disk, a method that makes this process much easier to learn and master. Plus learn how to integrate a clasp with a button and loop seamlessly with no loose thread or thread ends remaining.

Topics to be covered:

The crown knot sennit with and without the use of a kumihimo disk
How to start the sennit
Making the button
The loop
Ending without any loose thread
Best materials to use.

Please note: A bracelet will be made during class. Larger projects such as neckpieces can be made after the class.

Crown Knotting
 
Bead Edging around the Donut
Create your own amulet, brooch or earrings with a silk fan and bead edging around a gemstone donut or pie.
We will explore several methods with the use of charts and hands-on demonstration.
This class is appropriate for various levels of experience.
No prior experience is necessary!

Topics to be covered:


1. Design
2. Bead edging around the donut/pie
3. Beaded tassel
4. Methods for attaching various elements
5. Square knot braid loop
6. Cordmaking, 2 and 3 ply
7. Finishing ends and glue primer

bead edging medallion
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Cords & Braids
We will explore several methods to create cording: rope making and braiding with a limited use of tools.
With charts and hands-on demonstration we will make various types of cording and discuss their possible uses. This class is appropriate for various levels of experience.
No prior experience is necessary!

Topics to be covered:

1. cords 2 ply
2. cords 3 ply
3. Kumihimo, Peruvian Braids -Maru Dai and Disk-Free
4. Finishing the Cords and Adhesive Primer
5. Material & Use
6. Various methods for attaching elements, suggestions & ideas

cords
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Turk's Head Knots
turkhead
The Turk's Head is a beautiful ornamental knot made with one thread/cord only, similar to a braid. It is used extensively in Chinese Knotting, Japanese and Celtic designs and for tassels. Historically on ships it was used on hand railing, around stanchions or on a hammer handle to secure a firmer grip.
It is made around a larger object such as a larger cord or tube, to add a contrasting color or to join several cords. It can also be used as a covering.

The golden Turk's Head shown here is joining the two kumihimo braids together.
This particular one is a Five-Strand Turk's Head with 5 passes.

This class includes:
A color chart with 7 illustrations
An actual sample showing the main 5 steps of this knot
No experience necessary!

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Braided Kumihimo Neckpiece

Create a neckpiece using a simplified kumihimo braid that can be made without the use of a maru dai, saving yourself the hassle and the expense of purchasing it. Sterling silver clasps for finishing the cording will be available for purchase.
This class is appropriate for various levels of experience.
No prior experience is necessary!

braided kumihimo

Topics to be covered:


1. Kumihimo braid (Peruvian braids), Spiral braid
2. Square knot braid loop
3. Anchoring beads tassel
4. Finishing the ends and glue primer
5. Material & Use
6. Various method for attaching elements, suggestions & ideas

 

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How to End Kumihimo Braids and Make Clasps!


Kumihimo cords present a unique challenge to finish.
What to do with all the ends of cords/thread...
How to integrate a clasp if no metal tubular findings are desired... Learn how to secure the threads at the end of the braid by wrapping and covering them and create a fiber based clasp.

Several ways of making clasps with fiber techniques will be explored in this class:
• Knotted loops with several versions
• Buttons: Knotted Chinese button, gemstones donuts, beads, toggles and loops
• Coverings

Kumihimo Ending & Clasp


Students will apply one technique learned in class based on knowledge and experience with knots, such as the Chinese Button Knot and Turk's Head.
Written and illustrated directions for all the techniques shown in the class are included in the manual.

Kumihimo will not be taught in this class. Bring your kumihimo cords to finish or you will be provided with a braid to finish at the class. This class is a technique only class. No actual finished piece will be made.

Kumihimo Ending & Clasp
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A Chinese Diamond Knot Amulet with Bead Edging

Create your own amulet around a gemstone donut or pie.
Explore several techniques with the use of charts and hands-on demonstrations.
We will make a 3 ply cord, learn how to wrap the donut with lark heads knots and master the beautiful Chinese button knot.
This knot or rather perfectly symmetrical braid is used extensively in Chinese designs.
It makes a fabulous button as well.
This class is appropriate for various levels of experience.
No prior experience is necessary!

Topics to be covered:


1. Design
2. Cordmaking
3. The Chinese Button Knot
4. Lark Heads around Donut
5. Alternating Half Hitch Braid
6. Finishing Techniques

Chinese button knot
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Cavandoli 2.0

Cavandoli Knotting
Cavandoli Knotting
Cavandoli Knotting

Cavandoli Knotting
Cavandoli Knotting

Cavandoli is a specialized knotting technique in which double half hitches are knotted in a continuous fashion, with no loose thread or spaces between the knots, creating a woven-like tapestry. Traditionally two colors are used and patterns are created by alternating horizontal and vertical double half hitches. See earlier entry on Cavandoli and who was Valentina Cavandoli. Cavandoli 2.0 will take you beyond the two color limitation. A series of techniques will provide you with the tools for color control and to be able to bring a color exactly where you want it. With the use of wire armatures, vertical, horizontal and reverse double half hitches, we will create module like textile pieces. Texture and relief will be explored. The pieces we will create will be planned and structured. These modules will become the focus pieces for a beaded opera length infinity neckpiece with no clasp, or a cartouche medallion.

Class projects are made with C-Lon Bead Cord and various seed beads and are available in several color schemes, so you will be able to choose your own color variations. Keep in mind that Cavandoli is a slow process with lots of knots per square inch, so the projects will most likely not be finished in class. Practice of the double half hitches before class is recommended > double half hitch tutorial #1 (pdf) or view as an html page or tutorial #2 (pdf). It will make all the difference!

 

Example of Cavandoli style knotting

Example of Cavandoli style knotting
Example of Cavandoli style knotting
Example of Cavandoli knotting made with nylon and silk thread (Cabochon setting will not be taught in Cavandoli 2.0)
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Cabochon Micro-Macrame Fiber Setting, a 'Master's Workshop'

Learn how to set a cabochon in a micro macrame setting with nylon & silk thread and how to add free form knotted leaves, flowers and stems. This workshop will teach a method to set cabochons without the use of any glue, by caging it with double half hitches, thread and one wire. It will also introduce free-form Cavandoli knotting.

Knowledge of double half hitch is a prerequisite. Several tutorial are available to download. Bring sampler to class. Download tutorial #1 (pdf) or view as an html page or tutorial #2 (pdf)

First day:
1. Cabochon setting theory
2. Design
3. Cab setting construction

 

 

 

 

  Second day :
4. Free form cavandoli knotting with leaves and flowers over the cabochon
5. Setting the brooch, or adding a cord
6. Finishing the piece

While learning silversmithing in the mid 70's, I came up with this method of setting Cabochon into a fiber setting. This process got refined over many years. This method is especially interesting at this time as there is a renewed interest in micro macrame and in cabochons.