Northern California Study Group for October 2017 @ Private Home
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Our October meeting will be hosted in the East Bay by Kristen MacDowell and Tobie Lurie.

Come ready to braid and socialize!! We will review the Maru-yotsu (round four) braid we learned at the last meeting in Folsom for those who missed it. You can do fiber, beaded or continuous beaded braids. We will start with 4 cords to demonstrate the pattern, then move to 8 cords Kusari-tsunagi (chains).

You are also welcome to bring any project you are working on, problem projects, questions, show-and-tell and a bag lunch. If there is something specific you would like the learn contact Kristen at 925-349-8113.

Cleveland Area Kumihimo Study Group @ Private Home
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Kumihimo Design: Mastering Composition & Color.” @ After Midnight Art Ranch
Nov 16 @ 7:14 pm – Nov 19 @ 8:14 pm

Are you good at kumihimo? Do you want to be great?

Are you already great? Do you want to be outstanding?

Are you ready to expertly design your own kumihimo patterns and confidently select colors that you KNOW will look great together? Are you tired of guessing what beads go where and tired of ripping out braids that don’t turn out as expected?

Join me, Rebecca Ann Combs, for a four-day/three-night design experience that will open up a whole new world of creative opportunities! Invest in yourself and get on the fast track to design mastery. This intimate gathering of only 10 students allows tons of one-on-one time with me as I distill my years of experience into accessible information you can use now.

Are you ready to accelerate you kumihimo designs? Are you looking for the techniques that take a design from good to great? Do you want to become a master of composition and color?

Then I invite you to peek behind the curtains and step into my world. Kumihimo Design: Mastering Composition & Color is a four-day master class experience I’ve designed as part of our kumihimo retreat in Sonoita, Arizona November 16-19, 2017.

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 paint.

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!