Visual Arts Workshop

The Craft and Art of Japanese Silk Braiding
with Pete McDonnell
November 6 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Tuition $15
Proof of vaccination is required | masks are optional


Introduction and Presentation: Kumihimo
The Craft and Art of Japanese Silk Braiding

An introduction and discussion of kumihimo: origins and history; traditional and contemporary applications; equipment and materials; and a demonstration of basic braiding techniques. Attendees will be invited to try their hand at a basic kumihimo pattern already set up on a marudai (round stand).

Completed braids will be displayed, and lots of pictures in a PowerPoint will accompany the discussion.

Pete McDonnell is a native of southeastern Washington State, a 40-year resident of Seattle, and a full-time Manzanita local since 2020.

He has been making kumihimo braids off-and-on since 1995, in the spare time he had in his career as a clinical trials data manager at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and as a singer in a wide variety of musical projects.

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