Rebecca Ann Combs has always had a passion for creating and teaching. She is the founder of Design & Adorn Beading Studio and has been teaching a variety of jewelry making classes here since 2008. Her specialty is kumihimo jewelry, which she creates using both the foam disk as well as the more traditional wooden marudai. In addition to the courses she teaches at Design & Adorn, she leads workshops at national conventions such as the annual Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She is the author of Kumihimo Basics and Beyond which features 24 braided and beaded jewelry projects on the kumihimo disk. This best selling book is available at Design & Adorn, as well as bead and book stores nationwide.
“Kumihimo Basics & Beyond will be my go-to source for all things kumihimo! Rebecca addresses tension, thread size, patterns, and so much more. You’ll even find ‘math’ charts that take the guesswork out of kumihimo, with and without beads. It’s the perfect recipe for success!”
— Jane Danley Cruz
Associate Editor, Bead&Button magazine
“Rebecca – I went home and read through your book. What a wonderful publication you have produced. You so generously included instructions for some of your beautiful designs. I am stuck by the amount of work you must have done to create such a complete guide to kumihimo. What a treasure Tucson has in you, Richard and your store.
Thanks so much for your inspiration.”
–Paula Jones, Tucson, Arizona
“I own dozens of beading books, and this one is truly exceptional — even the book design deserves an award! I am fairly new to 8-strand beaded kumihimo, and this book has clear and well-illustrated answers to all my questions, from selecting the right-sized cord and combining fibers, to braiding with large or multiple sizes of beads, to incorporating pendants and multiple focal beads on a braid. Combs’ projects each introduce a new technique, but it’s not just “follow these instructions and make what I made.” For the various projects, she explains why it works, how to modify it, and how to change the length. Her many “Troubleshooting” pages are invaluable, as are her easy-to-follow explanations of “Kumihimo Math”. She also shows you how to arrange both different colors and larger-scale beads (teardrops, magatamas, etc.) to achieve different patterns. Her explanations are so clear, I feel like I’m sitting in the same room with her. I am not someone who usually writes book reviews (this is my first!) and I don’t know Rebecca, but she’s definitely written a classic.”
Hear what Rebecca has to say about Kumihimo Basics and Beyond.