Cindy Holsclaw

Cindy Holsclaw has dabbled in crafts for longer than she can remember, but she’s always been most fond of geometric structures. After many years of exploring these mathematical forms in modular origami, in 2006 she learned that these structures could also be made with beads. From then on, she was hooked! In 2009 Cindy started writing patterns for her own beading designs, and in 2012 she dove into designing and teaching beadwork full-time.


With a background in academia and a doctorate in biochemistry, Cindy takes an analytical approach to her design style; she likes exploring different bead shapes and variations on the established beading techniques, and she’s constantly thinking of new ways to put beads together. Biochemistry and mathematics continue to inspire her and often show up in her finished work. As an educator, Cindy challenges her students to learn something new in every class, while giving them the tools they need through her very detailed beading patterns.


In 2015 Cindy was named Designer of the Year by Beadwork Magazine, and a series of her beading videos were published by Interweave in the same year. Cindy has taught at the Bead & Button, Bead Fest, and BABE! shows as well as at several bead stores and bead societies around the country. When not on the road, Cindy makes her home in San Diego, California with her husband and daughter.

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Cindy's Upcoming Classes

  • Cindy Holsclaw Chrysanthemum Scrolls
    Thu, Feb 11
    $90 + mandatory kit $75
    Feb 11, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
    $90 + mandatory kit $75
    Stitch a stunning necklace inspired by ornamental scrollwork! The scroll element is a decorative motif featuring curves, circles, and spirals. Dating back to at last the Bronze Age, this ubiquitous artistic style is common in architecture, ceramics, mosaics, and filigrees from Greek and Roman archit
  • Cindy Holsclaw Delightful Droplets
    Fri, Feb 12
    $90 + mandatory kit $72
    Feb 12, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
    $90 + mandatory kit $72
    Weave a collection of droplets into this stunning necklace! The teardrop decorative motif represents the chemical water; a source of refreshment, a path to cleanliness, and an essential compound for all life as we know it.
  • Cindy Holsclaw The Orb
    Sat, Feb 13
    $90 + mandatory kit $95
    Feb 13, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
    $90 + mandatory kit $95
    Stitch a stunning orb of crystals! The word "orb" describes a sphere or a globe and comes from the Latin word Orbis, which means circle or disc.
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