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Erin Connolly

Multi-Media Instructor


A Fox Valley resident for nearly 30 years, Erin Connolly is an experienced crafter and instructor, having previously taught classes at a national crafting retailer, along with managing the education program. She is skilled in general jewelry making, polymer clay, Kumihimo (Japanese braiding), stained glass, glass mosaics, and, most recently, home décor items using cement.

Erin’s focus at Birch Art Studio is to introduce a craft to her students, providing them with the skills to be able to continue that craft on their own – but most of all, she wants students to have fun!


Classes Taught:

Coming soon:

Intermediate Kumihimo – More Intermediate classes are in the development stages. These will include additional braid types, particularly those with 12-, 14- and 16-warps; braiding with beads; and braiding with different warp materials (such as ribbon, knotting cord, and wire).

Advanced Kumihimo --Advanced classes will revolve around use of the Marudai, the traditional Japanese braiding stand. A demo session will be offered from time to time, demonstrating use of the Marudai, answering questions, and giving those interested a chance to try it. Dimensions, diagrams and plans for construction of a Marudai and the corresponding “bobbins” (Tama) will be available to those interested; information on providers and pricing of commercially constructed Marudai and Tama will also be made available. I hope to develop a list of some local artisans who would be willing to build Marudais and Tama for sale to our students.

Erin Connolly
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