Workshops

Workshops

We are committed to educating, inspiring, and supporting new and evolving artists. Our Guest Artist will often offer a variety of special workshops and classes which encourage learning and exploration, as well as demonstrate their unique style of beadwork. 

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Kumihimo with Rebecca Combs

 

April 6th, 2024 10am 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oasis Bracelet
All levels & Beginner friendly
6 hour class

Details and tickets here.

 

April 7th, 2024 10am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Dancer Necklace and Earrings
All level / Adventurous Beginner 
4 hour class

Details and tickets here.

 

April 7th, 2024 3:30pm

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Kumihimo Math
(lecture/workshop, learn to create your own Kumihimo patterns)
Intermediate / Advanced
2 hour lecture

Details and tickets here.

 

Mask workshop with Melissa Shippee (2-day class)

June 29th & 30th, 2024

July 13th &14th, 2024

Please check back later for details and pricing.

Bead Embroidery with Holly Bean

September 28th & 29th, 2024

Please check back later for details and pricing. 

 

Bead Mosaics with Sabrina Frey

March 8th & 9th, 2025

Please check back later for details and pricing. 

 


 Past Workshops (2019-2020)

 


nancy josephson and betsy youngquist

Beading at the Museum of Beadwork with Betsy Youngquist and Nancy Josephson

October 21st-28th, 2023

Join internationally recognized teachers/artists Betsy Youngquist and Nancy Josephson for an exciting week turning unadorned substrates into magical, evocative works of art. We'll teach you every technique we know to create your own piece of art using various glues, adhesives, bits and pieces and, of course, BEADS! In this no sew workshop you'll leave having learned (and mastered) our very particular ways of adhering beads to any surface you can think of. The artwork you create during the week will be the training wheels for what's next as you take what you've learned back out into the big wide world.


Power of Flowers Zoom Class with Cynthia Rutledge

November 6th, 2021, 11am to 5pm Eastern

Class and kit sold separately.

The Power of Flowers Necklace begins with a cubic-right angle weave (CRAW) collar of sorts. The collar straps are held open with round graduating rings of CRAW. The “fantasy’ flower takes center stage with its bezeled CZ bullet and graduating rounds of embellishing. The bottom portion of the collar stops short and wraps around the embellishments ending in two pearl caps. The necklace finishes off with two beautiful, beaded buttons and a connector.

Techniques: Bezel work, Cubic Right-angle weave, Embellishing techniques, Petal variations on netting, Stitching-in-the-ditch, even count tubular peyote stitch, Tubular peyote stitch with increasing.


Apollonia Zoom Class with Cynthia Rutledge

November 7th, 2021, 11am to 5pm

Class and kit sold separately.

This set consists of a pair of earrings and a necklace. The main components are cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) and peyote stitch bezeled pear CZs using seed beads and fire polish beads. Three 6mm CZs are bezeled and attached to the bottom of the pear bezels for interest. For the earrings, an embellished pearl cabochon component hides the earring post and clutch. Dramatic to say the least! The necklace has the same center component attached to a light and airy right-angle weave (RAW) variation chain, ending in two beaded pearl buttons and connector.

Techniques: Cubic right-angle weave (CRAW), Craw to peyote variation, Right-angle weave variation, Stitching-in the-ditch, Tubular even-count peyote stitch with decreasing


Botanical Bangle Class with Melissa G. Shippee

March 7th, 2020, 11am to 5pm

Class and kit sold separately. You can also bring your own supplies.

Combine the best of both worlds with bead weaving and bead embroidery all in one magnificent bracelet project! The name can be deceptive, as this bangle is really a cuff with a hidden opening. Create luxurious leaf-shaped bezels and beaded leaves and sew them onto a base to create a firmly structured, gorgeous statement piece that will last a lifetime.

Prerequisites: three-sided prismatic right angle weave (PRAW-3), peyote stitch


Gemma Foliata Class with Melissa G. Shippee

March 8th, 2020, 11am to 5pm

Class and kit sold separately. You can also bring your own supplies.

Use three-sided Prismatic Right Angle Weave to create a stunning teardrop bezel, chaton bezel, and curly, leaf-like components reminiscent of the shapes and colors of plant life. Each component is an intricate exercise in prismatic right angle weave that will teach you how this stitch can be coaxed into dramatic shapes.

Prerequisites: three-sided prismatic right angle weave (PRAW-3), peyote stitch, netting


Butterfly Kisses Class with Cynthia Rutledge

November 3rd, 2019, 11am to 5pm

Class and kit sold separately. You can also bring your own supplies.

Butterfly Kisses has a double rope of pearl-filled netting ending with a pretty clasp. The central flower has a three dimensional center that is highly embellished with little spikes, pearl petals and peyote stitch bottom petals. It is brightly colored and gave me the impression of a breath of spring.


Falling for You Class with Cynthia Rutledge

November 2nd, 2019, 11am to 5pm

Class and kit sold separately. You can also bring your own supplies.

Three organic leaf shapes are joined at the beginning ends of the leaves to form the central component of this design. Using a fun technique of color grading really makes this design shine. A beautifully bezeled cushion cut CZ adds the elegance to this design and just the right touch. A variation of RAW is used to create a fabulous strap ending in two lovely buttons and a button connector.


Rue de la Paix Class with Cynthia Rutledge

November 1st, 2019, 11am to 5pm

Class and kit sold separately. You can also bring your own supplies.

Rue de la Paix has two pearl "heads", each embellished with three 6mm CZ's, that are bezeled with peyote stitch, along with rings of crystals for an added sparkle. The body of the bracelet has a brass cuff blank and a rubber tubing armature that supports two tubes of peyote stitch that are shaped to curve to the shape of the cuff blank. Fashion and beadwork come together….creating elegance along the way!


Dahlia Daze Class with Laura McCabe

October 6th, 2019, 11am to 5pm

Class and kit sold separately. You can also bring your own supplies.

There's nothing like a dinner plate dahlia on a summer afternoon and that's exactly where this necklace found it's inspiration. The elaborate 3-D dahlias are perched atop beaded triangles. By using combination beading techniques and color graduation when stitching, these flowers are true likenesses to their natural counterparts. An alternative 3 flower necklace design is also included with workshop instructions. Proficiency in herringbone, peyote stitch and chenille (if opting for the 3-flower alternative) is highly recommended.


Fuchsia Lariat Class with Laura McCabe

October 5th, 2019, 11am to 5pm

Class and kit sold separately. You can also bring your own supplies.

This elegant lariat necklace features three stunning, highly sculptural fuchsia flowers. Combination stitching and unique assembly techniques result in these life-like beaded wonders of nature. Techniques include peyote stitch, right-angle weave, herringbone and chenille stitch. Proficiency in all four stitches is strongly recommended for this workshops.