Fall 2018 Workshops

Heart of Texas Bead Retreat

September 20-23, 2018

 

 

Fall 2018 Workshops

 

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Melanie Potter

Melanie Potter is an artist using beads as her primary medium. She is also a national/international instructor teaching her unique off-loom seed bead jewelry designs. Her background in couture sewing was a natural transition into beadwork design and construction. More recently her venture into watercolor painting has further inspired and brought fresh approaches to her color theory. Melanie also has a passion for architecting unique and secure clasps. She is also a graphic artist and she professionally illustrates and formats all her instructions. Her work is published in a number of books and magazines including Master’s Beadweaving, Major Works by Leading Artist, Larks, 2008. Melanie’s studio is on the beautiful California central coast where she beads, swims, hikes, bikes, watercolors and enjoys time with her husband Scott. See more about Melanie HERE

ETRUSCAN REVIVAL CUFF

The Etruscans inhabited the middle of Italy during the early Roman period. They were an aesthetically refined people and their jewelry reflected their meticulous ornamentation. At the early part of the 1800’s a large find of Etruscan jewelry was uncovered and it spawned a period of copying these spectacular jewels.

Characteristic of the Etruscan style, the focal ornament is large and overstated. A peyote bezel using cylinder and seed beads is employed to secure the large German glass cabochon. Once secure, it is then inlaid with zircon cup chain and adorned with a track of large beads on the outside edge to further enhance the proportions.

The band of this bracelet is made of square dimensional open eyelets with a decorative bead at the center and edging around to draw attention to the opening. The closure features two shaped open eyelet end caps with a button and loop closure.

Workshop Length: Full day class
Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques: Circular and Flat Peyote; Stitch in the Ditch; Stringing; Edging
Dimensions: Focal stone is 1.5″ in diameter; Band is 0.8″ wide and 7.25″ long
Materials: Click HERE
Kit$79
Kit Colors: Click HERE
Students should bring: 
Fireline 6lb Test
Size 12 beading needles
Work Surface
Task Lamp
Tape Measure
Magnification and your usual beading supplies


Jean Power

Jean Power is an award-winning jewelry designer, writer and teacher based in London, England. Jean first began making jewelry in 2001, having already spent many years painting as well as exploring different aspects of fibre and textile arts.

When at home she’s usually busy beading or writing about beading (with her 9th & 10th books currently in progress) and when not doing that she’s travelling the world teaching, giving talks and sharing her work.

HEART OF GLASS

This advanced project uses small seed beads to bezel a striking focal crystal to form a stunning pendant which sits on a specially designed rope. The class has options so you can let the focal crystal stand out or step your beading up to another level with extra embellishment for an even more dramatic centerpiece. An added bonus is that the more advanced version grows directly from the original so you’re not committed to a decision when you begin, you can even finish the project and then return to it later adding the extra pizzazz when desired. The class will also cover beading multiple clasps so you can adjust the wearable length of the piece as desired.

Artist: Jean Power
Skill Level:  Advanced
Workshop Length: Full Day Class
Techniques:  You must be comfortable with Herringbone, Square and Peyote Stitch and working with small beads
Materials: Click HERE
Kit: $79
Kit Color Options: Click HERE
Students should bring: 

  • Beading needles – I recommend a size 10 and also a fine needle (this will be explained in class)
  • Thread – For the pendant – I recommend a flexible thread for the pendant i.e. NOT Fireline. Instead please bring something like Nymo, Miyuki, One G, KO etc. The thread will show in places so I recommend choosing a darker colour which will visually disappear better than a lighter one e.g. brown for working in gold or dark grey for working with silver
  • Thread – For the rope and clasp – Any thread of choice. The thread will show in places so I recommend choosing a darker colour which will visually disappear better than a lighter one e.g. brown for working in gold or dark grey for working with silver
  • Work Surface
  • Task Lamp
  • Magnification and your usual beading supplies

 


Amy Katz

Amy Katz has been part of the world of seed beads since 1993 as a student, teacher and designer. Her admiration for high-end jewelry pieces is her inspiration. As her commitment to her own designs grew, Amy made the decision to give them a fine jewelry look using seed beads, crystals, pearls and other elegant materials. Using imagination, this vision has come to life as her signature style. Amy is a national teacher with a passion for sharing her love of the work. She is also the co-author of Beading Across America and author of Seed Bead Chic. Visit Amy’s website HERE

 

TREASURE BRACELET

Make beautiful components using multi-stitching techniques. Combine them to create an elegant bracelet with gemstones, crystals, Swarovski pearls and seed beads. This dazzling piece is pure arm candy. Learn how to size it for your wrist. Wear this one anywhere to the most formal of occasions or everyday with jeans.

Artist: Amy Katz
Skill Level:  Advanced
Workshop Length: Full Day Class
Techniques: Even-count tubular peyote stitch, square stitch, right angle weave
Materials: Click HERE
Kit$100
Students should bring: 
Fireline 6lb Test
Size 12 beading needles
Work Surface
Task Lamp
Tape Measure
Magnification and your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Kit color choices are Silver or Gold, Stones, pearls, etc. will vary and will be chosen in class.  Click HERE


Add-On Classes

Karen Long

Heart Pagoda

Heart Pagoda Details HERE


Jennifer Stephens

Horsefeathers

Horsefeathers! Details HERE

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