with Cindy Kinerson
Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry-making retreat and study under Cindy Kinerson in the beautiful mountain town of Tahoe City, California. Prepare to refresh your creative spirit.
You will spend quality time in a comfortable studio classroom focused on learning design elements of bead loom weaving and beginning leather skills. You’ll savor delicious meals with Cindy and fellow classmates, then relax and unwind at the Welcome Social and Instructor Showcase. The retreat will wrap up with a Group Photo Session after class to celebrate your accomplishment and provide lasting memories of our time together in Tahoe City.
Start a convergence by bringing together wire, leather, and beads to weave your own version of this complex cuff. Using Cindy’s pattern templates as a starting point, you will plan, design, and execute a project that reflects your own personal style and skill level. The class is intended for those wanting to break away from patterns and learn to design their own bead loom jewelry.
On day one, you will explore numerous techniques to accomplish your project goals, plan your warp set-up depending upon your bead selection and design, and have fun creating your leather cuff. On day two, you will begin the warping of your loom and the weaving process, learning to incorporate numerous increases and decreases, warp suspension, and sectional weaving to execute your creative vision. On day three, you will complete your weaving and Cindy will guide you in introductory leather sewing skills to attach your project to the cuff.
Techniques & Skills
You will learn and practice the following techniques and skills from Cindy in this three-day class:
- Design elements of bead loom weaving
- Warp adjustment based upon bead size and placement
- Sectional weaving
- Incorporating different sized beads horizontally and vertically into a bead loom project
- How to increase and decrease frequently throughout a project
- Suspension of findings/warp elements
- Mid-weave warp adjustments
- Incorporating pre-strung elements
- Using alternative materials as warp elements
- Introductory leather skills to create a cuff
- Attachment techniques for adding beadwork to leather cuff
Did you know?
Cindy likes to reinterpret shapes or colors she sees in a photograph or sculpture into a piece of jewelry.
Cindy describes her studio, what inspires her and what she will cover in her class at Creative Connections 2019.
Cindy is a retired attorney who began making and designing jewelry 17 years ago. She owns the Reno Bead Shop with her husband and has taught jewelry construction classes there for over 12 years. She has taught at national bead shows since 2015. Her work is widely published in Bead&Button magazine and Beadwork magazine, as well as in numerous jewelry and beading books. She was a finalist in the BeadDreams 2016 competition. Cindy’s jewelry focuses on bead loom weaving and leather work that is colorful, unique and goes beyond traditional boundaries.