Convergence Cuff

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.

Convergence Cuff

Class Description

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.

Additional Information

Registration Includes:

  • Three (3) days of instruction from Cindy

  • Use of instructor tools and equipment

  • Step-by-step tutorial

  • Delicious meals from Friday dinner through Tuesday lunch

  • Invitation to Welcome Social on Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

  • Access to Instructor Showcase on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 7:30 – 9 p.m. (includes cocktails and hors d’oevres)

  • Group Photo Celebration

 Pre-requisite: This class is suitable for those who are proficient in traditional bead loom weaving and are able to work independently. Intermediate to advanced bead loom weaving skills are required; no leather experience necessary.

 Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Materials & Supplies

Tools and Supplies to BrinG

  • Bead loom: Please bring a standard bead loom with at least 7” of weaving length available and space for at least 30 warps threads on the width. (Please note: Rick’s Beading Loom, Endless Loom, Jewel Loom, or small wire looms will not work for this project. If you need a suggestion for where to buy a standard loom, please email the teacher.)
  • Needles: Assortment of size 10, 11, big eye, short, and long. Bring what you normally would use.
  • Beading tools (scissors, mat, thread burner if used)
  • 11/0 seed beads or 11/0 cylinder beads in at least 8 colors
  • Beads for the embellished sections of the cuff (Cindy will contact you directly with information on types of beads that are suitable)
  • Lighting/magnification that you normally use
  • Small ruler or tape measure
  • Flat or chain nose plier
  • Writing tools and colored pencils, if you like to design that way
  • Please bring any other tools that make you happy while beading. We want you to be as comfortable as possible.

suggested materials (not required)

  • Work apron or old shirt to wear on day one. (Leatherworking can be messy.)
  • If you have patterns already created, feel free to bring them. You will end up changing them and embellishing them, but they are a great place to start. Any pattern 3 – 25 beads wide can be used as inspiration!
  • Pictures of other bead loom jewelry (or not made with a bead loom) that you find inspiring and want to discuss how to incorporate into your design.
  • Additional Fireline and Wildfire in alternate colors, if desired.

Materials in Kit

  • Instruction manual, set of pattern templates, graph paper, leather and findings for cuffs, practice leather, sterling wire, waxed linen in various colors, spool of Wildfire 6 lb. (grey), spool of Fireline 6 lb. (smoke).



Registration for this class includes both a registration and kit fee.

Early Bird Rate: $1049 (register by Aug 15 to receive this rate)
Regular Rate: $1199

Kit Fee
$85 (This fee will be collected during registration.)

Cindy Kinerson

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.

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