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!

Why Do I Need Bead Runway??

The Bead Runway

is used as a tool to assist you in laying out #kumihimo patterns so you can make your own designs visually. It is most useful with graduating patterns starting with the largest beads in the center and graduating out both ways smaller and smaller.

It does come with basic directions giving you the theory behind it, where to begin, where you should end up and how it can help you in other ways. It also allows you to count out your beads for existing patterns then load from the runway. This reduces the amount of times you count the beads when loading from pattern.

It can also help alter existing patterns. If you layout an existing pattern, you can swap out bead groups, bead by bead, to customize the design with your own beads.

Now, My book…

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I teach a technique focused pattern series with the hope that if you master the techniques taught in the patterns, and keep a Bead Journal reference log, you will eventually be able to pull from all that data and make your own patterns using your own beads. The first volume is almost complete and it will be available this month. I plan to publish another by June of 2019. It contains technique focused kumihimo projects with the patterns and instructions, with the bead runway as a tool used. It contains even more detailed explanations of the techniques, reasons behind them, types of beads it enables, all kinds of creative ideas on how to revolutionize the way you approach kumihimo.

My website MadeYouLookDesign.com has bead companion kits to the book patterns. The kits contain beads, and findings.

If you want something new in kumihimo, you have found it. It is a really exciting time and I am so happy you found me. Also, you will be my student for life. I am an email or text away.

I will begin doing live class webinars soon, so that is also something to look forward to.

Thank you so much for your interest and support!!

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Registration Open for Kumihimo Classes at the Annual Bead and Button Show

The annual Bead and Button Show takes place in Milwaukee, WI June 2-9, 2019.

Purchase my Book as a supplement to the class.  The techniques learned in the classes are greatly expanded on in my book, you will be so glad you got it in advance.

(Click on each photo to see full class description and register)

6 hr. Kumihimo Class: Earth and Sea Graduating Necklace

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6 hr. Kumihimo Class: Jesse James Beads Presents: Kumihimo Goddess Graduated Necklace

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3 hr. Kumihimo Class: Blue Steel Necklace

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Why Bead Runway??

The Bead Runway

is used as a tool to assist you in laying out #kumihimo patterns so you can make your own designs visually. It is most useful with graduating patterns starting with the largest beads in the center and graduating out both ways smaller and smaller.

It does come with basic directions giving you the theory behind it, where to begin, where you should end up and how it can help you in other ways. It also allows you to count out your beads for existing patterns then load from the runway. This reduces the amount of times you count the beads when loading from pattern.

It can also help alter existing patterns. If you layout an existing pattern, you can swap out bead groups, bead by bead, to customize the design with your own beads.

Now, My book…

BR logo SM_TAPS 9x7

I teach a technique focused pattern series with the hope that if you master the techniques taught in the patterns, and keep a Bead Journal reference log, you will eventually be able to pull from all that data and make your own patterns using your own beads. The first volume is almost complete and it will be available this month. I plan to publish another by June of 2019. It contains technique focused kumihimo projects with the patterns and instructions, with the bead runway as a tool used. It contains even more detailed explanations of the techniques, reasons behind them, types of beads it enables, all kinds of creative ideas on how to revolutionize the way you approach kumihimo.

My website MadeYouLookDesign.com has bead companion kits to the book patterns. The kits contain beads, and findings.

If you want something new in kumihimo, you have found it. It is a really exciting time and I am so happy you found me. Also, you will be my student for life. I am an email or text away.

I will begin doing live class webinars soon, so that is also something to look forward to.

Thank you so much for your interest and support!!

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