The Great Bead Escape is about learning something new, trying something different, creating new friendships, all while making beautiful jewelry. Most of the classes are perfect for the beginner or someone that wants more practice in a certain area.
Embellished Spiral Kumihimo taught by Susan Sudnik
Those 2 hole beads got to me! You will apply the basics of kumihimo, but will take your necklace to the next level. While we create a basic 8 strand round kumihimo, we will be using two-hole lentils in the front of the necklace. Once the braiding is completed, we will go back and embellish the second hole of the lentils! A variety of embellishments will be demonstrated. Elements of design and proportion will be discussed. Students will have a variety of colors to choose from. Fun for all!!!
Skill Level: All Levels
Classes Offered: Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM
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 merry making! 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!)