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Unwind, Design & Shine Kumihimo Retreat

August 23, 2018 - August 28, 2018

Peek behind the curtains and step into my world. Unwind, Design & Shine is your opportunity to unplug from your daily life, relax at a luxury resort, and master techniques that will make your jewelry designs shine.  Expertly design your own kumihimo patterns and confidently select colors that you KNOW will look great together.  Stop guessing what beads go where and put an end to ripping out braids that don’t turn out as expected.


Join me for a four-day/three-night design experience that will open up a whole new world of creative opportunities! Give yourself permission to escape your everyday life and take the time to hone your skills as a designer.  This intimate gathering allows tons of one-on-one time with me as I distill my years of experience into accessible information you can use now.

Accelerate you kumihimo designs with the techniques that take a design from good to great!

In the first session, The Toolbox, you’ll refine your understanding of traditional design concepts such as rhythm, symmetry, balance, and proportion, but this goes far beyond an art appreciation 101… You’ll master the how and the why. You’ll be able to make design decisions with intention so that your elements work the way you want them to.

In the second session, The Power Tools, you’ll learn how to artfully edit your work before you even pick up a bead! Imagine the time and frustration you’ll save when you can judge your designs on paper and know they’re good before you begin braiding!

In the third session, The Prism, you’ll master color selection by examining the effect of different bead finishes on color perception. The secret to pleasing palettes is balance and you’ll apply your knowledge of proportion to create color combinations that sing and mix beads as though they were painted.

Each day you’ll be working hands-on writing your own jewelry designs, critiquing your work, prototyping, and braiding. This is an amazing experience that will change your approach to design no matter what level you’re starting at!

Our meals and workshops will take place at the gorgeous Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California. It’s only 40 minutes from the San Diego airport, but feels like a world away from everything!

Arrive in the afternoon and settle into your room. We’ll meet up in the garden before dinner to get to know each other and for some kumihimo show & tell. Be sure to bring your favorite necklaces! Enjoy a private dinner for our group at the on-site Veranda Fireside Restaurant. After the party winds down, you’ll retreat to your private bedroom and have sweet dreams of kumihimo.

Friday morning we’ll start the first workshop session after breakfast. You’ll explore the math of pattern, proportion, and design in Kumihimo. After our fabulous veranda lunch, we’ll continue the workshop. Our evenings are reserved for relaxing and merrymaking! You might go out to dinner with some of your new friends or maybe you’ll unwind with a glass of wine by the pool? Enjoy the time in this serene oasis and be inspired to fill your notebook with new kumihimo designs.

Saturday follows the same format as Friday with our workshop focus shifting to the art and science of color theory. You’ve been experimenting with different design concepts and now your plan is starting to take shape! Your mind is really spinning now with all sorts of braiding possibilities.

Sunday morning after breakfast we have our last workshop session. You may be putting the finishing touches on your master plan or it may have moved on to write another, but either way, you leave bursting with fresh ideas and the confidence to create your own designs. After we recap what we learned together, we say our goodbyes and return home. (or perhaps you extend your stay and explore the area!)



August 23, 2018
August 28, 2018
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Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
San Diego, CA 92128 United States
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