Book Is Published! Get Your Copy NOW!

Finally! Amazon.com has published my Book. Bead Runway™ Kumihimo Technique Pattern Series© Volume 1. Order from MadeYouLookDesign.com and get a copy and option of coming bundled with a Bead Runway™ or order from official Amazon.com 

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Attention BeadFest 2019 Kumihimo Class Registrants!

Hello KUMISTAS!!

Here is an introduction from BeadFest 2019 Kumihimo Classes, instructor, Cindy Grayson along with a reminder of the supplies we use.

I would also like to use this platform for all of my students to join in on the comments section and start introducing yourselves to each other, ask questions and just get psyched to take these classes!! You may bring an important question to the table that I didn’t think of. This will help me to continue to prepare myself to set and realize expectations.

Let’s make this fun!

Comment in the comments section below with:

your name, where you are from, how long you have been kumihimo-ing, why you chose to take this class and what you hope to get out of it…

I’ll start, see my comment below (p.s. I am so excited, I absolutely LOVE teaching, especially Kumihimo!!)

I wanted to mention a couple of things to set class expectations. I can’t promise that you will finish your project in class. As you know it is a lot of work and it really depends on you and your speed. I always emphasize with my students..

My classes focus on teach specific TECHNIQUES…

(which are extracted from my Local Class Series: Bead Runway Kumihimo Technique Pattern Series) that allow you to expand your kumihimo horizon. With each new technique exploration and bead journal entry, you will begin to be more and more empowered to create your own patterns and use your own beads. This is where my invention the Bead Runway (patent pending) was created. An invention made from necessity. So please focus on learning a new technique, not the finished piece. If you learn the technique, you can remake this piece as many times as you want in as many variations as your brain will allow.

The great news is, my class series in a book was finally published last year and Bead Runway Kumihimo Technique Pattern Series Vol.1 by Cindy Grayson, is available on Amazon or from my website, MadeYouLookDesign.com. If you purchase the book from my website, get $5 OFF using discount code “5OFFBOOK”. I know many of you have already purchased the book and I want to say a very heartfelt THANK YOU for all of your support, and in that case I will allow those of you to use the coupon for anything on my website. (remember to select “pick-up” to avoid the shipping cost)

Class Supplies

All students will receive a kit that includes all the beads, cording and findings you will need to create the project you have signed up for. 

All Students need: Kumihimo disk, counter weight ~3.5oz, LIQUID Bead Fix Adhesive, Hypo Cement Adhesive, bead containers, scissors, tape measure, and I strongly recommend Wonder Clips in place of bobbins.

Here is a link to an Amazon shopping list for the Kumihimo Toolkit supplies I suggest. The adhesives can also be purchased from Michael’s Arts & Crafts or from my website. If you purchase anything to me for the classes and want to avoid shipping cost, mark “pick-up” at checkout and in the notes section write which class you are attending.

Kumihimo 911 Startup Essentials Toolkit

Adhesives (BeadFix, HypoCement, 2-Part Epoxy)

Wonder Clips

optional Supplies:
  • You get a Free Bead Runway!! and 12×12 iris case! we are going to learn how to layout a graduating size bead pattern in a way that you can make a pattern of your own, using your own beads in the future) (THIS CLASS IS A REVOLUTION IN KUMIHIMO PATTERN LAYOUT AND DESIGN, YOU will never be the same again after this class.)
  • Specifically for this class, You need to bring: 2 part epoxy
  • Techniques: Intro to Bead Runway Graduating Pattern Layout and Design, Center Core Supports, Interchangeable Beaded Extenders (you will be able to choose the length that is right for you!).
  • My book is a great supplement to this class and if this class interests you, the book definitely will.

Specific to DragonFly Kumihimo Necklace Class:DF_8_14_WED_1_4PM_.PNG

  • There’s a choice to be made in this class, do you want to make a Purple or a Blue version of this project? (NOTE: No choice defaults to purple) Please choose by using this form:

  • Specifically for this class, You need to bring: wire cutters, round nose pliers, flat nose and/or needle nose pliers
  • Techniques: Working with Long Magatamas, Working with segments, choose your length, pendants, wire wrapped loop cone ends (This is a great project for a beginner. )

Specific to Blue Steel Tennis Bracelet Kumihimo Class:

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  • Specifically for this class, You need to bring: wire cutters, flat nose and/or needle nose pliers, crimpers
  • Techniques: Single Row Design, Refining details to simulate expensive jewelry, choose your length
  • Matching Necklace OPTION: I would like to offer the opportunity for students of this class to purchase the extra beads necessary to make a matching necklace! It appears there is a demand, so I want to try and meet the demand. It uses twice the amount of beads. I have an extremely limited quantity of these and it is first come first serve, to be delivered at time of class. Reserve yours here

Specific to Forget Me Not Kumihimo Class:

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  • Specifically for this class, You need to bring: x15 wonder clips, wire cutters, round nose pliers, flat nose and/or needle nose pliers
  • Techniques: Alternating Cords Technique to accommodate different bead hole sizes, dots on side pattern, working with segments, joining with large hole spacers, cone ends with wire wrapped loops

    Specific to Waves of Atlantis Kumihimo Class sponsored by Jesse James Beads:

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  • Specifically for this class, You need to bring: bead reamer
  • Techniques: Working with Jesse James Designer Oversize Beads, Alternative methods to preventing bead collapse without a center core using leather, working with wood beads, using large hole beads to solve common finishing problems, how to pattern a single color, double row spiral with two single color, single row spirals, expanding counted patterns, choose your length
  • This class is sponsored by Jesse James Beads which means FREE STUFF, raffle prize, deep discounts on Jesse James Beads and coupons for Jesse James Beads website!
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: You heard it here first! JJB and Beadalon are going to announce a VIP party at BeadFest and you will be invited first! Details TBA. More Free Stuff!! Join Group Jesse James Beads Secret Stash on Facebook

If you have a local bead shop that teaches classes, please give me their name and location. I would love to send some discount coupons to get additional students to attend. I have special gifts for those who help me to promote and I sincerely appreciate all the love!! Here is a link to a promo video of my classes, please share!

To be notified of all VIP discounts and opportunities..

LIKE my Facebook page CindyGraysonJewelry

JOIN my Facebook Group for VIP access

FOLLOW my Kumihimo Blog on Bead Runway.com

Watch for http://www.KumihimoUniversity.com launch of web classes in October!

Live Web Classes streaming through Periscope platform. To be part of the test group, follow link to download Periscope app, also available on web. As part of the test group, your classes will be free! https://www.pscp.tv/KumihimoUniversity/follow. Get notified through the Facebook Group @KumiUni

If you are an existing kumihimo teacher and would like to teach Bead Runway techniques to your students, please contact me or mention in comments. Big things coming next year! Opportunities for my faculty to have their designs published in my next book, marketing tools to promote local classes and more!

New Bead Runway Season Swatches are Here!

At any given time I have about 4 different Bead Runways in use in my house. I use them to layout different design ideas while they are fresh in my mind and leave them there until I have time to string them up on disk. I also use the really fancy ones as a backdrop to take photos of my jewelry and layouts for future use. Each one is one of a kind so pick one now! Order here

New Bead Runway Season Swatches!

Kumihimo Book Review and Giveaway : Bead Runway Technique Pattern Series Volume 1 – The Beading Gem’s Journal

https://www.beadinggem.com/2019/05/kumihimo-book-review-and-giveaway-bead.html

Attention Bead and Button Show 2019 Kumistas!

Hello KUMISTAS!!

 Cindy Grayson Bead Fest Philly Kumihimo Class Instructor
Cindy Grayson (on the left) Bead and Button Show Kumihimo Class Instructor with some of her students

Here is a little introduction from Bead and Button Show 2019 Kumihimo Classes, instructor, Cindy Grayson along with a little reminder of the supplies we will use.

I would also like to use this platform for all of my students to join in on the comments section and start introducing yourselves to each other, ask questions and just get psyched to take these classes!! You may bring an important question to the table that I didn’t think of. This will help me to continue to prepare myself to set and realize expectations.

Let’s make this fun!

Comment with your name, where you are from, how long you have been kumihimo-ing, why you chose to take this class and what you hope to get out of it…

I’ll start. (p.s. I am so excited, I absolutely LOVE teaching, especially Kumihimo!!)

Come see me at my table on Wednesday night for “Meet the Teachers” I plan to have limited quantity kumihimo kits and discounted bundles put together for you.

Here is a link to an Amazon shopping list for the Kumihimo Toolkit supplies I suggest.
Many of these items can be purchased for a discount when you use your coupons at Michael’s Arts and Crafts (they also take competitor coupons and price match).

All students need to bring:

  • Kumihimo Disk
  • Wonder Clips (QTY:8, unless otherwise noted) (INSTEAD OF BOBBINS)
  • Kumihimo Weight (approx. 3.5 oz.)
  • Bead Fix LIQUID Adhesive (to stiffen cord ends)
  • G-S Hypo Cement (flexible bond adhesive for nub ends and smaller end caps)
  • Bead dishes
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
optional Supplies:
  • Bead Journal (click to read blog post) – you will hear me taking about this but may not need it until after the class
  • Bead Reamer (just in case, also good if you have trouble picking up beads)
  • Table Magnifier (if you need it. bring it! This can be the difference between an enjoyable or a stressful experience.)
  • A note about Bobbins… I know many of you are used to bobbins but personally, I do not recommend them for these projects. In my experience they fall off, especially when using any other beads besides seed beads. As always, it’s your class, your choice.

Class Expectations:

I can’t promise that you will finish your project in class. As you know, it is a lot of work and it really depends on you and your speed. I always emphasize with my students..

My classes focus on teaching specific TECHNIQUES…

(which are extracted from my 8-class Bead Runway Kumihimo Techniques Pattern Class Series) that allow you to expand your kumihimo horizon. With each new technique exploration and bead journal entry, you will begin to be more and more empowered to create your own patterns and use your own beads. This is where my invention the Bead Runway (patent pending) was created. An invention made from necessity. So first focus on learning new techniques, and second, on the finished piece. If you learn the techniques, you can remake this piece as many times as you want in as many variations as your brain will allow. I actually put my class series into a book , now available on Amazon. (Book Info)

OPPORTUNITY #1: If you show me your copy of my book, “Bead Runway Kumihimo Technique Pattern Series VOl I”, in class, I will give you a voucher for 40% OFF on Kumihimo project bead kits which include online classes from MadeYouLookDesign.com. These streaming web classes launch October 2019 and will continue on an on-going basis. 

Kit Supplies

All students will receive a kit that includes the pattern, beads, cording and findings you will need to create the project you have signed up for. 

Specific to Earth and Sea Graduated Necklace Class:
  • You get a Free Bead Runway!! and 12×12 iris case! The iris case is used to place your Bead Runway in to keep the beads from rolling off. Students also sometimes choose to bring a tray of some sort. Read this blog article for more information. We are going to learn how to layout a graduating size bead pattern in a way that you can make a pattern of your own, using your own beads in the future) (THIS CLASS IS A REVOLUTION IN KUMIHIMO PATTERN LAYOUT AND DESIGN, YOU will never be the same again after this class.)
  • You need to bring: 2 part epoxy, 8 bead dishes
  • You can choose your necklace length
Specific to Blue Steel Necklace Class:
  • There will be three design options of where to place the spacers, currently pictured in the front. They can be off to the sides also. Directions for all options will be provided.
  • You need to bring: basic jewelry tools: wire cutters, bead crimper, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers and needle nose pliers, 6-8 bead dishes
  • You can choose your necklace length
  • Matching Bracelet Kit: If you are interested in purchasing  beads for a matching bracelet, mention it in the comments. The kit will have to be reserved because I only have a limited number of these beads. These silver beads have unfortunately been discontinued.
Specific to Goddess Graduating Necklace Class featuring Jesse James Beads:
  • You get a Free Bead Runway!! and 12×12 iris case! The iris case is used to place your Bead Runway in to keep the beads from rolling off. Students also sometimes choose to bring a tray of some sort. Read this blog article for more information. We are going to learn how to layout a graduating size bead pattern in a way that you can make a pattern of your own, using your own beads in the future) (THIS CLASS IS A REVOLUTION IN KUMIHIMO PATTERN LAYOUT AND DESIGN, YOU will never be the same again after this class.)
  • We will be learning Alternating cords technique, using 2 different cord types, in order to incorporate different bead hole sizes.
  • Participants of this class get free access to a PDF pattern download featuring Jesse James beads as a beaded focal and kumihimo segments on the sides.
  • Discount for Jesse James Beads exclusive to this class
  • Surprise from Sarah James of Jesse James Beads!
  • Exact bead availability varies due to the limited production of each Jesse James Bead line, but I promise your projects will be beautiful and you will learn so much.
  • You need to bring: 28 Wonder Clips (yes, 28), 15 bead dishes, bead reamer for wood beads
  • You will have extra beads and Jesse James accent beads, if you want to make earrings, bring: Rose Gold ear wires, jump rings, headpins, basic jewelry tools like wire cutters, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, needle nose pliers
  • You can choose your necklace length

OPPORTUNITY #2: If you take at least two of my classes at Bead and Button Show 2019, I will give you a Voucher for 50% off a copy of my new book, which automatically qualifies you for OPPORTUNITY #1.

Lots of exciting developments coming in the next year.. Here are a few..
(If you are interested in any of these, please mention it in your comment).

New Kumista Bead Strands

Classes at BeadFest Philly 2019 Get $25 OFF with Early Bird Registration

Can’t Make it to Philly? Reserve a kumihimo project kit

Are you a Kumihimo teacher? Teach the Bead Runway Technique Pattern Series! Join the 2020 Program Rollout! Message Me for Details and Upcoming Developments.

Follow my Kumihimo Blog for articles and updates on all of these exciting programs, deals, info and more.

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Do I need a tray for my Bead Runway?

I use a wooden tray to place my Bead Runway in to keep the beads from rolling off and also good for storage or transport. I usually find these at Michael’s on the seasonal decor aisle, which are usually on sale.  My square tray has a working area of 13.5″ x 13.5″ and the rectangular tray has a working area of 11.5″ x 14.5″

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Place your Bead Runway in a tray to keep beads from rolling off and start by picking your largest focal beads and build an inspired design around them

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I also sell the Bead Runway bundled with a 12×12 Iris scrap booking case.

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Recently, Michael’s Wall Decor section has wooden wall signs with sayings on them that are also perfect!