Privacy Policy Posted on 29 May 14:29

Website Privacy Notice

1. INTRODUCTION. This privacy notice provides you with details of how we collect and process your personal data through your use of our site

By providing us with your data, you warrant to us that you are over 13 years of age.

What a Braid is the data controller and we are responsible for your personal data (referred to as “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy notice).

Contact Details:

Full name of legal entity: What a Braid;

Email address:

Postal address: PO Box 1825, Verdi, NV, 89439
It is very important that the information we hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please let us know if at any time your personal information changes by emailing us at

2.WHAT DATA DO WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU, FOR WHAT PURPOSE AND ON WHAT GROUND WE PROCESS IT. Personal data means any information capable of identifying an individual. It does not include anonymised data.

We may process the following categories of personal data about you:

Communication Data that includes any communication that you send to us whether that be through the contact form on our website, through email, text, social media messaging, social media posting or any other communication that you send us. We process this data for the purposes of communicating with you, for record keeping and for the establishment, pursuance or defence of legal claims. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests which in this case are to reply to communications sent to us, to keep records and to establish, pursue or defend legal claims.

Customer Data that includes data relating to any purchases of goods and/or services such as your name, title, billing address, delivery address email address, phone number, contact details, purchase details and your card details. We process this data to supply the goods and/or services you have purchased and to keep records of such transactions. Our lawful ground for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps at your request to enter into such a contract. 

User Data that includes data about how you use our website and any online services together with any data that you post for publication on our website or through other online services. We process this data to operate our website and ensure relevant content is provided to you, to ensure the security of our website, to maintain back- ups of our website and/or databases and to enable publication and administration of our website, other online services and business. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests which in this case are to enable us to properly administer our website and our business. 

Marketing Data that includes data about your preferences in receiving marketing from What a Braid. We process this data to enable you to partake in our promotions and to deliver relevant website content to you. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests which in this case are to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to decide our marketing strategy.

We may use Customer Data, User Data, Technical Data and Marketing Data to deliver relevant website. Our lawful ground for this processing is legitimate interests which is to grow our business. We may also use such data to send other marketing communications to you. 

Sensitive Data.We do not collect any Sensitive Data about you. Sensitive data refers to data that includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data. We do not collect any information about criminal convictions and offences. Where we are required to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of the contract between us and you do not provide us with that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract (for example, to deliver goods or services to you). If you don’t provide us with the requested data, we may have to cancel a product or service you have ordered but if we do, we will notify you at the time. We will only use your personal data for a purpose it was collected for or a reasonably compatible purpose if necessary. For more information on this please email us at In case we need to use your details for an unrelated new purpose we will let you know and explain the legal grounds for processing.We may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent where this is required or permitted by law. We do not carry out automated decision making or any type of automated profiling.


Our lawful ground of processing your personal data to send you marketing communications is either your consent or our legitimate interests (namely to grow our business). Under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, we may send you marketing communications from us if (i) you made a purchase or asked for information from us about our goods or services or (ii) you agreed to receive marketing communications and in each case you have not opted out of receiving such communications since. Under these regulations, if you are a limited company, we may send you marketing emails without your consent. However you can still opt out of receiving marketing emails from us at any time. We do not share your personal data with any third party for their own marketing purposes.

You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you OR by emailing us at at any time.

If you opt out of receiving marketing communications this opt-out does not apply to personal data provided as a result of other transactions, such as purchases, warranty registrations etc.


 We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below:

Service providers who provide IT and system administration services.

Professional advisers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers 

Government bodies that require us to report processing activities.

Third parties to whom we sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. 

We require all third parties to whom we transfer your data to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We only allow such third parties to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.


 We do not transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA).


We have put in place security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used, altered, disclosed, or accessed without authorisation. We also allow access to your personal data only to those employees and partners who have a business need to know such data. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they must keep it confidential.We have procedures in place to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach if we are legally required to.


Under data protection laws you have rights in relation to your personal data that include the right to request access, correction, erasure, restriction, transfer, to object to processing, to portability of data and (where the lawful ground of processing is consent) to withdraw consent.

You can see more about these rights at:

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please email us at

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive or refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you.

If you are not happy with any aspect of how we collect and use your data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues ( We should be grateful if you would contact us first if you do have a complaint so that we can try to resolve it for you.



This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.


You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly.

This document was last updated on May 29, 2018.


Spring Kumihimo Workshop in Fort Bragg, CA Posted on 6 Feb 11:42

I will be teaching a 3-day Kumihimo Workshop in Fort Bragg, CA. This is a lovely town on the Northern California coastline. The workshop will be held at the Henhouse Studio.
We will be braiding 3 projects in three days. I will be sharing both fiber and beading techniques. We will braid on both the Foam Disk as well as the Marudai. 
The first project is a 16-strand Split Braid Necklace and we will attach a Donut Pendant with an 8-strand integrated loop. This is a fabulous technique that can be used in many ways. (Foam Disk)

The second project is a 24-strand Continuous Design Braid with Color Changes throughout the length of the braid. The fun part is learning how to change colors seamlessly! You will make a bracelet in this class. (Foam Disk)
The third class is an adventure into beading. We will braid on both the Foam Disk and the Marudai (if you have one). I will take the mystery out of planning a beaded project, show you how easy it is to set up your Disk or Marudai, how simple it is to use a bead spinner and how to braid a beaded braid. We will make a beaded bracelet in this class. (Foam Disk, Marudai or both)

- The dates are May 17th, 18th and 19th 2018.  
- Cost $280 
- Materials for all projects will be provided with a minimal fee









My style of teaching is very hands-on. I share lots and lots of samples and I encourage creative thinking. I love teaching and I work hard at encouraging you to be your best creative and confident self.  

Braiders should have some Kumihimo experience. 
If you are interested, contact Pacific Textile Arts. Class size limited.
To enroll send a $50 non-refundable deposit with contact info and class request to: 

Pacific Textile Arts
450 Alger Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Kumihimo Tip of the Month - Beaded Necklaces Posted on 30 Sep 10:26

I have been thinking about beaded pattern issues.  As beaded patterns get increasingly intricate, more and more of you are running into issues. I know first hand how frustrating it is when you have spent hours threading beads and then you finally start braiding and "darn it" the beads are not lining up like the photo on the pattern. For a few of you that have had issues, I have welcomed that you send your necklace, in it's current state, so I could take a look at the problem. I have untangled bobbins and figured out alot of things.

Here are SOME of the things I have found that might help:

1. Beads are threaded incorrectly; often one too many beads or one bead too short. Just one single bead can throw off the entire pattern! Hardly seems fair that when you are stringing over a thousand beads, that one mis-bead can throw off the entire braid. Check your beading sequences frequently. With repeat patterns, you are able to see the pattern pretty easily and a mis-bead stands out - if you remember to look!
2. Sometimes when I braid backwards to un-do a troubled braid, I will find that a bead was missed altogether or sometimes two beads have been dropped at the same time.  I have also found that cords are sometimes crossed. For example, let's say you move your left bottom up, now there are three at the top, next you move the right top down but instead of taking the cord straight down, it gets crossed over the other other cord. This will cause a mess.
3. Starting Position. Often, on my  beaded braid kits, my instructions will say, "Braid "x" amount with C-Lon Beadcord only. This is to create a cord end for attaching an end cap. When you are finished braiding with C-Lon BeadCord only, make sure the bobbins are in the starting position 1, 2, 3, etc. going around the disk clockwise". And then the instructions say, "You will drop your first beads from Bobbins 2 & 6, i.e. left bottom up, drop a bead, right top down, drop a bead, rotate, repeat". With some beaded patterns, if you do not do this step, your beads will not align properly. If you look at the photo (right) you can see that I have started braiding without beads to create a "nub" to attach an end cap. When I end this section of braiding with C-Lon Beadcord only, I braid until the bobbins are in the "starting position". Depending where you are on your braid, this only takes a few moves to get to the "starting position".  Also, make a note that the numbers onto disk do not matter (it's the number on the bobbins that is of concern). Next, take a look at the point of braiding (center of the disk where the cords intersect). There are two things going on here. First, the bobbins are in the correct positions and even more importantly, Bobbins 2 & 6 are in the lower position and ready to be moved with one bead from each cord. When I say "lower" position, I mean that cords/beads on Bobbins 2 & 6 are underneath the cords on Bobbins 3 & 7 and therefore the the cords/beads from Bobbins 2 & 6 are next in line to be moved. For beginners, this may be too much information but overtime I assure you it will sink in and you will say to yourself, "Oh, I get it, now I understand what Karen was talking about". P.S. Take a look at Kumihimo Tip #33 for another explanation of uppers & lowers.
4. A common problem that gets braiders into trouble is reading ahead and not following instructions. This is probably what causes the most problems. I always suggest reading through a pattern from start to finish before you start. It allows you to see where the instructions are taking you. Don't guess! 
Things that might help. Look for similarities.

1. As you are threading the beads for a design that consists of repeats (the same portion of design over and over again), you will see a pattern in the line-up of the beads. Once I see the pattern, I check my beading frequently to make sure that the beads are lining up correctly. This takes but a second and saves headaches.
2. Once you are braiding you will also see similarities and patterns when you are dropping (adding) the beads. This is easier after you have had more experience. With some patterns, like a spiral for example, I will be dropping (adding) the same color bead at the same time, i.e. left up (Turquoise), right down (Turquoise), rotate, left up (Chartreuse), right down (Chartreuse). If all of a sudden I see left up, (Turquoise) and right down (Chartreuse) this should alert me that I have done something wrong.  This is just a general idea, as all sequences are not the same, but when I see the pattern, I know the color bead of the I should be dropping with each move and when the right color is not there, I know I need to stop.

3. So, when I look at my braid and see a bead in the wrong place, I braid backwards until I get to that point and then braid back a little further to where the patten is correct. If I have not missed a bead along the way or dropped 2 beads at one time, or crossed my cords I then look at how the beads are threaded on the cords and compare to the instructions. 

4. Take your time. Work in a neat and clean area. Make sure you have good lighting. If you need magnifiers or reading glasses, use them. Set yourself up for success. When you are tired, put your work aside. I know all of this from experience. 

Happy Braiding  !
There are tons of great tips at What a Braid for all things Kumihimo.
Check out Kumihimo Tips & Hints

Endless Possibilities on the Kumihimo Foam Disk Posted on 8 Aug 05:49

The more I explore, the more excited I get. I braid on both the Disk and the Marudai and the possibilities are endless.  Sometimes I hear people suggest that the Marudai is the next step "up" from using a Foam Disk; as if one graduates from one to the next when their ability reaches a certain level. Not true! I strongly believe that the Foam Disk and the Marudai are equal and amazing tools.
There is alot to be learned about braid structure (how a braid is constructed) when the braiding sequence is translated from Marudai to the Disk and visa versa. Both tools help me be a better braider.
The braids pictured below were braided on a Foam Disk. I taught these techniques in my class in Oaxaca, Mexico last year and I will teach a similar class, with new stuff, at the
Reno 2018 Convergence conference. These are wonderful examples of how much fun you can have braiding on a Foam Disk.  Incorporating colors and making pattern changes with core elements is super fun. In addition, the foam disk is inexpensive, widely accessible to many people and it is very portable. My foam disk accompanies me most places.
I love the Marudai too. It has many virtues. It makes alot of braids possible and easier to achieve. It is also a faster method of braiding with and without beads. There is a peacefulness and zen to braiding on the Marudai. For those that enjoy making beaded braids, the Marudai is certainly faster for this type of braiding. For continuous beaded braids, where the beads are not dropped into the braid structure but rather a string of beads is braided like a cord, the Marudai is key. 

Keep yourself open to all the possibilities. The more you learn & hone your skills on your disk, the more you will see that it is limitless. And you can take it with you anywhere.  

Kumihimo Inspiration of the Month - My Mom! Posted on 10 Jul 14:45

This month I decided to change things up a bit. Inspiration doesn't always come from another braider but this time from somebody that shines bright in another art (knitting vs braiding). My mom is my inspiration.
I mentioned in my last newsletter that my nephew, Jonny, graduated frohigh school and will be going off to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. My mom (grandma to Jonny) asked Jonny if there was anything he would like to have to take with him to college. He didn't think long before he said that he would like grandma to knit him a blanket. You see, in our family my mom has been knitting all of us "love" blankets for many years. When you are wrapped up in one of these blankets, everything is okay in the world. They are special and you really do feel the love that she puts into each stitch.
My mom was flattered by Jonny's request. I love what she chose to do (and this is where the inspiration came from for my kit of the month). She decided to knit Jonny a barcode blanket with the names of everyone in our family. 
She generated barcodes for the name of each member of the family and then started knitting big barcoded (striped) pieces. Jonny's barcode is in the middle with his family surrounding him. My mom is still working on the barcode blocks for a few more family members. When she is done stitching together all the barcode "strips of stripes" she will put a nice border around the entire blanket. 
She is knitting as fast as she can but couldn't meet my newsletter deadline. But when Jonny leaves in exactly one month, we will all feel good sending him off with a part of each of us.

I will post Jonny's finished "Love" Blanket next month. I loved the idea of using the barcodes to influence stripe patterns so I incorporated the idea into my July Kumihimo Kit of the Month. There are many barcode generators on the internet. Pick one and have fun!

Oaxaca, Mexico 2017 - Kumihimo & Knitting Workshop / Adventure Posted on 19 Mar 07:08

I flew the coop and got out of the snow for 23 lovely days. We took two groups (20 people each group for 10 days per session) to Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca is one of my favorite destinations. From arts to culture, to history, to gastronomy, there is nothing not to love about Oaxaca. It is a happy place. There is music in the air, the Zocolo is always alive and the streets hum with people of all ages. 
We played morning, noon and night and I think we all returned home happy and tired. We did not let any grass grow under our feet, that's for sure. 
Here are some of the trip highlights:

1. We spent an entire day in Teotitlan del Valle where were visited the studios of Bulmaro Perez and Pantaleon Ruiz.Bulmaro is one of Teotilan's best weavers. His work embodies a wonderful blend of tradition with innovation. He takes great pride in using natural dyes and pure wool. Pantaleon Ruiz is a weaver, sculptor and painter and we were able to enjoy his weavings at his studio and we took in his sculptural installments at the Quinta Real Hotel in Oaxaca Centro. We had natural dye demonstrations at both weaver's studios and had the opportunity to purchase alot of rugs. Absolutely beautiful. After the weaving studios we took a side trip to Arte y Seda a family-owned weaving cooperative that focuses on cultivating silk worms, feeding them the mulberry leaves from the trees grown in their courtyard, spinning the cocoons, dyeing the silk yarn with natural colors, and then weaving the fine silk threads into magnificent garments, scarves and shawls.  
2. Oaxaca is famous for its brightly hand painted Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures called "Alebrijes". We visited the studio of Jacob and Maria Angeles in San Martin Tilcajete. We learned that almost every figure is carved from a single piece of Copal wood. The process starts with carving, then sculpting and preparing the figure for the intricate hand painting. It is truly an amazing process. The painters start as students and work to the level of Master painter. 
3. We spent a good part of a day taking cooking classes at Casa Crespo with our teacher Oscar. It was a lot of fun for all of us as we learned, chopped, pealed, sliced and blended a variety for Oaxacan foods and sauces. After a day of cooking, we sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labor and had a multi-course meal. Delicious!
4. For the hearty adventures in our group we included a trip to the ruins at Monte Alban as well as in Mitla. The archeologists in the group found this fascinating and just wished they had more time. 
5. Visiting the Dona Rosa Black Pottery Studio in San Bartolo Coyotepec was 
also a highlight for many. The demonstration was excellent and shopping for pottery was a lot of fun. I worked with one of the potters and on my second trip to the studio, I was pleased to receive all of my Black Pottery focal pieces that will be introduced in the coming months They are fantastic, so stay tuned!!


6. Irene York taught Knitting Classes and Karen Huntoon taught Kumihimo Classes.The knitters were kept busy knitting a variety of stripe patterns incorporated with other techniques and the braiders ventured out of the box and explored the "Endless Possibilities of an Extra-Ordinary Braid: The Many Faces of the Kongoh Gumi".  There was some good mental stretching going on for the braiders and many new skills were acquired! 

7. Oaxaca is known for its fine dining and we did plenty of it. Many of us tried alot of Mole  and definitely found our favorites. One night we had a "Welcome Dinner" for the group at a beautiful place called Los Danzantes. It is an open air restaurant and we were delighted with fireworks overhead part way through dinner. How's that for planning?

8. A really fun excursion is the trip to the Sunday Market in Tlacolula. You can see everything at this indigenous market from flowers to produce to bakery goods to hardware to meats to fruits and vegetables, baskets, textiles, aprons to live turkeys. This place touches all the senses: sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. It is sensory overload and it sure is wonderful.

9. Mi casa es su casa. We stayed at a very special hotel called La Catrina de Alcala. We were right on the main  walking street (no traffic noise) and we were 2 blocks from the Zocolo. The location was absolutely fantastic. The best part was the staff at the hotel. In your wildest dreams, you could not imagine a nicer group of people. Rosio, Zenon, Ernesto, Galli, Abel, Angel, Victor, Juvenal, Angelica and Viri made us feel like we were at home every day. How many times do you leave a hotel with a tear in your eye? I had 23 fabulous days with these lovely people and when I go back, you can bet I will see them. 

10. Finally.....thank you to all the trip adventurers for trusting us to take you to Oaxaca!


What a Braid Monthly Newsletter Archive Posted on 19 Mar 06:57

Welcome to What a Knit/ What a Braid Monthly Newsletters. Please enjoy this collection of newsletters that I have written over the years. These newsletters are provided for your personal use and enjoyment. Please don't copy the material I have provided. Thank you.

What a Braid Monthly Newsletters are emailed at the beginning of each month to my email subscribers. Sometimes, I have mid-month newsletters as well. If you would like to subscribe, please click this link to subscribe to the What a Braid Monthly Newsletter

I hope you will enjoy my newsletters. If your passion changes over time or you do not want to receive the newsletter, please make sure you unsubscribe. 

What a Braid Newsletter November 2018

What a Braid Newsletter October 2018

What a Braid Newsletter September 2018

What a Braid Newsletter August 2018

What a Braid Newsletter July 2018

What a Braid Newsletter June 2018

What a Braid Newsletter May 2018

What a Braid Newsletter April 2018

What a Braid Newsletter March 2018

What a Braid Newsletter February 2018

What a Braid Newsletter January 2018

What a Braid Newsletter December 2017

What a Braid Holiday Kits 2 November 2017

What a Braid Holiday Kits 1 November 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter November 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter October 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter September 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter August 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter July 2017

What  A Braid Monthly Newsletter June 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter May 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter April 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter March 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter February 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter January 2017

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter December 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter November Holiday 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter November  2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter October Mid-Month 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter October 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter September Mid-Month 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter September 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter August Mid-Month 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter August 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter July 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter June Mid-Month 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter June 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter May 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter April 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter March 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter February 2016

What a Braid Monthly Newsletter January 2016

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter December 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter November 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter October 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter September 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter August 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter July 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter June 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter May 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter April 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter March 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter February 2015

What a Knit Monthly Newsletter January 2015