Visual Arts Workshop

Kumihimo on the Marudai: Braiding the Fundamentals
with Pete McDonnell
April 12 and 13 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuition $310 (all materials provided)
Hoffmann Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


Kumihimo on the Marudai: Braiding the Fundamentals


Join braiding artist Pete McDonnell on a two-day journey learning the fundamental techniques used to create traditional Japanese 8- and 16-element braids on the marudai (round stand). Students will complete at least one 8-element sampler and at least one 16-element sampler during the workshop.

All materials will be provided, including fully warped marudais, tama (bobbins), and all other necessary supplies. We will begin by learning several basic movement patterns on 8-element braid samplers. Then, additional warps will be used to explore more complex 16-element braids. All warps will be prepared ahead of time with high-quality cotton embroidery thread to achieve a good finish to the braids.

Throughout the workshop, Pete will present a history of Kumihimo and will share various traditional Japanese braiding techniques via PowerPoint and videos. The primary text guide for the class will be “Kumihimo — Japanese Silk Braiding Techniques” by Catherine Martin, one of the first English language Kumihimo primers (one copy provided for each student to reference during the workshop). Students will also be provided with numerous handouts and informational resources.

Bring your patience, curiosity, good humor, and a notebook for documenting your work.


Instructor biography:
Pete McDonnell began learning Kumihimo in a three-day workshop with Rodrick Owen in 1995, part of the wonderful Coupeville Arts residential series at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. He is a lifelong fiber arts enthusiast, having explored macrame, needlepoint, knitting, crochet, horsehair hitching, and loom and tablet weaving. Pete has presented lecture-demonstrations of Kumihimo at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita and at the Portland Japanese Garden. Pete is a full-time Manzanita resident since 2020 and is a volunteer at the Hoffman Arts Center gallery.

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  •  April 12, 2024
     10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  •  April 13, 2024
     10:00 am - 5:00 pm

April 12, 13–Kumihimo on the Marudai: Braiding the Fundamentals Kumihimo



594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.