Last month I went to the 2nd Annual Kumi Meetup at Cape Cod. We had new faces in the crowd, as well as returning attendees from last year. The ice-breaker dinner the night before was held at a seafood restaurant directly across from the hotel in Hyannis. This is where we got to know the new people coming to the event, and reacquaint ourselves with old friends that we made last year.
This year we had four bead store owners set up to vend, and we collaborated amongst ourselves to make sure that we brought those things that the attendees were going to need, without too much duplication. This gave everyone a wide variety of beads, tools, kits, patterns, and things related to Kumihimo.
This was the first time that I brought kits, and I spent months making up hundreds of them so that there would be a good selection. Sally Battis, owner of Sally Bead Jewelry (http://stores.sallybeadjewelry.com/), and who sells kits for Kumihimo, has years of experience of doing these kits. Where she gets the time I don’t know.