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kumihimo - Japanese braiding

Liz was drawn to kumihimo in the late 1990s through using the traditional marudai to create a braid that felt like three dimensional lacemaking and has gone on to design kits for the innovated foam disks.

Teaching in groups of between 6 - 25, Liz is able to accommodate any size of group for her half day sessions.

Everything is provided to make your first braid, you will finish the workshop with either a bracelet or scissor keeper / bag charm and go away with your foam disk to make more.


  • Half Day Sessions with Kumihimome cost £10 per person (including your starter kit)with tea and coffee provided

  • Group Sessions at your venue from £40 for tuition plus travelling and kits.

Liz offers a simple way to charge for workshops at your venue:

  1. Small groups - you pay tuition, travelling and then get a discount on kits for the workshop. 

  2. Larger groups - you can choose to pass on the kit discount and receive a reduction on tuition / travelling.

Liz also offers talks on the history and design of braiding; from it's origins in Japanese culture to the English braids of the Luton Hat Industry and the demise of bobbin lace making in the East Midlands.

Even if you have never braided before, you can learn, from scratch in just 2 - 4 hours.  Based in central Rothwell, Northamptonshire, we meet in a light and airy venue with off road parking.  


Kumihimo me is aimed at new and existing lacemakers and tuition is available for any level.  Meets are held at weekends and occasional week days to make access to lacemaking as easy as possible.

Learn to braid in half a day at the fibreworks.  Liz has been holding lessons at the fibreworks now for a number of years and has regular classes through out the year.

Liz is a member of both the Braid Society and a Founder Member of the American Kumihimo Society. 

The Braid Society
American Kumihimo Society
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