Well, what can I say? Bead Fest Philadelphia was just completely amazing this year! My first day at the show wasn't actually a day. It was an evening class with none other than the rockin' Jill Wiseman, and the class was Quick and Easy Kumihimo With Beads.
I decided early on that if I was going to take classes at Bead Fest this year, I was going to learn something new. That's the point of taking great beading classes, right?
Jill wasn't kidding when she said that it was "quick and easy kumihimo". After getting my loom set up, I was doing kumihimo in about five minutes flat. And then adding the beads? Piece of cake. Jill has had a lot of experience teaching, and it shows. Her written directions were the perfect complement to her classroom instruction, and I was so excited to finally have learned kumihimo that I giggled to myself the whole way back to the hotel that night!
It was so nice to connect with the other students in class, too. We were all there for a good time and to learn a new beading skill, and somehow, Jill managed to make it feel like she was giving one-on-one instruction to each student in the class. (And there were twenty of us in there!)
The next morning before I headed out for the day, I sat in my hotel room and finished the other end of my new kumihimo bracelet. It was so exciting!
If you're interested in learning kumihimo with beads, but can't travel, you can always check out Jill's website, Tapestry Beads, where you'll find a full line of kumihimo kits, instructions, and supplies. Learning from Jill's instructions really is quick and easy, and Jill is always just an email away if you have any questions.
Have you learned kumihimo yet? Are you totally in love with this ancient Japanese braiding technique?