Fall 2019 Workshops

Heart of Texas Bead Retreat

Fall 2019

October 17-20, 2019

Sheraton Conference Center

Georgetown, Texas

More info coming soon  ~  Check back for updates!

Laura McCabe

Laura McCabe is a primarily self-taught beadweaver with an education in historical costume reproduction and restoration, and anthropology. She produces elaborately beaded body adornment and sculpture that combines Native American, African, and Victorian beadweaving techniques with modern materials and color schemes.

She started Just Let Me Bead in 1995, at which time she sold her original designs to boutiques and museum shops. In 2002, she began teaching her art and has continue to do so across the US and throughout the world. She exhibits her work in national and international beadwork exhibitions, and sells some of her finished work on line.

She maintains a private studio in Hampton, Connecticut where she, her husband Michael and a dog named Lucy continue to live the creative life.

Laura’s Resume

To view more of Laura’s designs, visit Laura McCabe

True Blue Necklace


The spectacular Bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and with its vibrant blues and greens, lends itself perfectly to a stunning beadwork design.  This design features bluebonnet flowers, each constructed using innovative combination stitching, then attached to the stem which is extended out into a neck strap.  These flower forms can be used as a single cluster necklace, a two-cluster lariat or both can be combined to create a stunning 3-cluster neck bouquet! Techniques include peyote stitch, herringbone stitch and chenille stitch.  Proficiency in all three stitches is highly recommended.

Artist: Laura McCabe
Workshop: This is a one-day workshop designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat October 2019
Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques: Peyote, Herringbone and Chenille stiches
Materials: Click HERE
Kit: $   Coming Soon
Kit Color Options: Click HERE  There will be additional Kit Color Options
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, Fireline, your usual beading supplies.


Kimberly Stathis

Throughout my life, I have always needed a creative outlet. I have played with many different types of media’s and loved them all. The media that really captured my heart and inspired my creative soul is seedbeads! There is just something alluring and special about those little bits of colored glass that I cannot resist. I love the challenge of designing with seedbeads using off-loom techniques. So many colors, textures and shapes! So many ways to express yourself with beads.

I been teaching my designs nationally for the past thirteen years. It is my hope that students will be inspired by what they have learned in class and continue to do beadwork and enjoy it as much as I do.

My designs have been published in the Bead and Button magazine and in Larks Showcase 500 Jewelry Book.

To view more of Kim’s designs, visit Kimberly Stathis.

Circular Pathways


The pendant for the necklace uses a solid wooden round ball as an armature to support and shape the circular beadwork covering. Pearls and crystals stitched over the surface of the pendant add texture and sparkle.  The pendant hangs from two herringbone straps and attaches to a central component of beadwork using pearls for a bit of elegance.  A slip over the head pearl necklace strap constructed using right angle weave with top embellishments complete the necklace.

Artist: Kimberly Stathis
Workshop: This is a one-day workshop designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat October 2019
Skill Level: Advanced
Techniques: This project uses circular peyote, herringbone, netting and right angle weave stitches.  Individuals are expected to know how to do peyote stitch with increases and be able to recognized areas of increases within the beadwork.  Some experience with right angle weave, herringbone and netting stitches will be helpful to complete the project.
Materials:  Click HERE
Kit: $   Coming Soon
Kit Color Options: Click HERE   There will be additional Kit Color Options
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies.


Helena Tang Lim

Helena Tang-Lim started beading in the mid-1990s so that she could make a pair of beaded shoes for herself. And from there, a passion for the colourful, glittering little balls of glass and crystal was born. A predominantly self-taught artist, Helena specializes in tiny seed beads using many off-loom techniques to create colourful, exquisite beaded creations. After leaving a fulfilling and rewarding career managing an eyewear distribution company, Helena decided to fulfil her dreams to have a career in beading. Her work in beaded wearables often resembles fine Haute Joaillerie. Inspired by the colours and cultures of her adopted country of Singapore, many of her works incorporate accents and nuances of her people and races.

Helena teaches beadwork internationally and sells kits and patterns of many of her works online. To view more of Helena’s designs, visit Manek-Manek Beads

Anne Boleyn 

Description:  Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII the infamous and powerful king of Britain. Her daughter with Henry VIII subsequently became Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. Anne, newly returned from the court of France was famous for her beauty and glamourous French fashion. She caught the eye of Henry VIII who courted her as his mistress. However, Anne held out for the ultimate prize, to be his Queen. So enamoured with Anne was Henry that he broke with the Catholic church and divorced his first wife, Katherine of Aragon so that he may marry Anne.

One of Anne’s favourite jewels are pearls. The Anne Boleyn necklace is a tribute to the tragic Anne who sadly lost her head when Henry’s passion for her waned. A filigree like net captures a beautiful sparkling crystal. From the crystal hangs three beautiful pearls. The necklace is reminiscent of the Tudor ornate style with pearls and crystals captured by beautiful little seed beads.

Artist: Helena Tang-Lim
Workshop: This is a one-day (6-hr) workshop designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat October 2019
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Techniques: Chevron, Right Angle Weave, Russian Spiral, Wirework (wrap loop)  Pre-requisite : Right Angle Weave

Materials:  This is a Kit Mandatory Class

Kit: $   Coming Soon
Kit Color Options: Click HERE  There will be additional Kit Color Options
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies.




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