Kumihimo classes at BNB 2020 Milwaukee

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Aphrodite Kumihimo Necklace by Cindy Grayson




Bead Runway Kumihimo Web Class Schedule

LIVE Every Tuesday @1pm

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October 1: Kumihimo 101: The Basics

  • Disk Setup (8-cord)

  • Round Braid Move

  • Reading a Pattern

  • Cording

  • Adhesives

  • Wonder Clips vs Bobbins

Bead Runway Kumihimo Technique Pattern Series Vol 1

Book Projects:

October 8: Earth & Sea Graduating Necklace

  • Intro to Bead Runway Graduating Layout

  • Visual Pattern Layout & Design

  • Braiding around a center core support

  • Beaded Extenders

October 15: DewDrops Necklace (new versions coming soon)

  • Double Drop

  • Working with teardrops

  • Kumihimo Math

  • Choose your length

October 22: Peacock Necklace

  • Counted patterns

  • Expanding counted patterns

  • Working with segments

  • Altering counted patterns

October 29: Seafoam & Sand Necklace

  • Working with Long Magatamas

  • Planning a Pendant

  • Reverse Loading a design

November 5: Finishing Class

  • Recap of book class project series

  • How to finish each project

  • Bead Journal Notes

  • Open Q&A .. ask anything

  • Prep for Beader’s Choice class

November 12: Beader’s Choice Graduation Class

  • Make your own graduating pattern using the beads of your choice

  • When to omit

  • Using what you have

  • Benefits of Wood beads and hemp

  • When to use a center core support

  • Center core alternatives

    One on one sessions available

November 19: Summer Night’s Graduating Necklace

  • Intro to Bead Runway Graduating Layout

  • Visual Pattern Layout & Design

  • Braiding around a center core support

  • Beaded Extenders

December 3: Forget Me Not Necklace

  • Counted patterns

  • Expanding a counted pattern

  • Alternating cords to accommodate different bead hole sizes

  • Dots on side pattern

  • Working with segments

  • Benefits of wood beads

December 10: Queen’s Jewels feat Jesse James Beads

  • Make a dazzling show stopper holiday piece inspired by a Jesse James Bead Strand and Design Elements

  • Strung Beaded Focal

  • Basic Bead Stringing and Finishing Tool Skills

December 17: Finishing Class

  • Recap of November and December projects

  • How to finish each project

  • Bead Journal Notes

  • Open Q&A .. ask anything

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Attention BeadFest 2019 Kumihimo Class Registrants!


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:


  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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


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