Fall 2020 Workshops

Heart of Texas Bead Retreat

Fall 2020 Retreat

September 10-13, 2020

Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center   Georgetown, Texas



Nancy Cain

I found my artistic niche in beads. I enjoy delving into beads mentally and physically depending on the circumstances. My favorite stitch is peyote and over the years I have only added two other stitches, netting then herringbone. I like to call these three stitches ‘sister-stitches’ since they transition from one stitch to the other effortlessly.

I feel that the beads alone give me the most inspiration. If you understand the physics (mechanics and technicality) of the stitch, then you can create whatever your heart desires. Knowing what each bead size, shape and finish will do and how they react with each other, plus how the beads respond to thread weight and use then the sky is the limit for designing! Nature is also phenomenal source of inspiration.  I have created beetles, bees, dragonflies and now a sea urchin pendant. The challenge of creating something from life with seed beads is something that keeps me moving forward with my bead creations.

In the early stages of a piece I work almost exclusively in my head. I mentally imagine the beads, working out engineering and design aspects before actually touching the beads. It is quicker than actually beading and I can only do this when I am alone and quiet. The middle of the night is the best!

Teaching is a journey for me as well. Each class is different even with the same project. My focus is heavily about the process a piece takes. In art, the artist explores the process and the product or finished piece is the result of that exploration. For me, the process, whether mentally or physically is thrilling, frustrating, challenging and where the real bead joy is. It is the journey. When I am teaching a class, I get to view the process again through fresh eyes. We can reconstruction it as is or deconstruct it by looking at the process, delving below its surface and learn new lessons from it. The direction and depth of a class can be varied: the more inquisitive the class, the more detailed the ideas of process can get. It is a spontaneous journey we can take together.

I feel incredibly fortunate to do work that I love and have a passion for. Having a studio in my home and keeping a limited travel schedule allows me to keep my priorities on my family.

I enjoy sprinkling a few beads here and there whenever I travel, imagining them as tiny little magical gifts to be shared.

Happy Beading!

To view more of Nancy’s designs, visit Nancy Cain






Artist: Nancy Cain
Workshop: This is a one-day workshop designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat September 2020
Skill Level:

Kit Color Options: 

Kit: $

Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, Fireline, your usual beading supplies.


Sabine Lippert

After doing all kinds of crafting and needle work, Sabine started beading in 2007. Two years later she published her first beading book in Germany, and in 2012, the first book in the United States, “Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies”. She has been published in several magazines in Germany and the States. In 2011, she gave up her job as a physician and became a full-time bead artist. Since then, she is teaching classes in Germany, different European countries, and in the United States. Her work is not based on a particular technique, she is more design orientated, using Peyote, Brick, Right Angle Weave stitches and netting, whatever is required to create a certain shape or style.

To view more of Sabine’s designs, visit Sabine Lippert

The Duchess of Dover

Description: This pendant is made from a 27mm Rivoli in the center and is embellished with delicate little arcs all around. It is double faced, so if you use a non-foiled Rivoli, you can let it twist. It can be reversible as well!

Artist: Sabine Lippert
Workshop: This is a one-day workshop for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat September 2020
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Need to know CRAW and  RAW
Techniques: CRAW, Double RAW
Materials:  COMING SOON
Kit Color Options: Details coming soon!

FOR MORE PHOTOS of The Duchess of Dover – Click HERE!

Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies.


Kinga Nichols

One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started turning into a career when she was painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but  she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a bead and Button magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the obsession took over.
After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery.
Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith, quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting 3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and a book feature in Marcia Decoster Presents, 2014. In 2015 she won first place in the crystal category in BeadDreams. She has done a number of instructional bead embroidery videos for Interweave publishing in 2016 and 2017, and has been featured in magazines in the US and Europe.
 In 2013 she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a magical place filled with endless possibilities.

To view more of Kinga’s designs, visit Kinga Nichols

Ormolu Box Bracelet

Artist: Kinga Nichols
Workshop: This is a one-day workshop designed for the Fall 2020 Heart of Texas Bead Retreat.
Skill Level: Intermediate 
Techniques: Bead Embroidery, Peyote Stitch, Leather Stitching
Materials: Seed Beads, Focal, Clasp, Foundationn, Leather – all included in Kit.
Kit: $110
Kit Color Options: Gold & Silver with extra choices offered for the pearls and Swarovski crystals to customize your kit.

FOR MORE PHOTOS of Ormolu Box Bracelet – Click HERE! 

Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies.




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