Fall 2017 Workshops

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Laura McCabe

Laura Jean 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 exhibits her work in national and international beadwork exhibitions, and sells her finished work at boutiques and galleries, as well as through her website: www.lauramccabejewelry.com. She maintains a private studio in Old Mystic, Connecticut, and teaches beading workshops across the US and throughout the world.


For Laura’s Resume, Click HERE



Artist: Laura McCabe
Skill Level: Advanced
Workshop Length: Full Day Class
Techniques: Herringbone stitch, Peyote stitch, Right Angle Weave and Chenille stitch
Materials: This is a kit only class. The kit will need to be purchased from Laura. Heart of Texas Bead Retreat will not provide a supply list.
Kit: Classic Egyptian (turquoise, orange, sapphire, gold): $110      Deco Egyptian (black, gold & teal): $95
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies, 6 lb fireline or your thread of choice
Kit Color Options: Click HERE

This Egyptian Revival inspired necklace features three rising sun scarab beetle pendants.  These complex structures are achieved using a multitude of stitching techniques alongside 3-D construction. The stunning neck strap features the new “demi beads” just recently released by Toho company. Techniques include herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, right angle weave and chenille stitch.  The advanced nature of this project requires total proficiency in all four stitches.







Shelley Nybakke

I have always had a passion for doing something with my hands. Knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch, playing piano and of course eating cookies.  Little did I know that this training would be the foundation to what would become a bonafide passion the day I discovered beads. Now I just bead……and eat cookies and watch that piano gather dust.   I live in Central Illinois, grew up on a farm not too far away, and lived out in the country for many, many, years.  I’m now a town girl having moved to Normal a few years ago.  Yes, Normal is the name of the town.  Not me.

I love to travel and thanks to my beading life, I get that opportunity frequently.   I have met and become friends with beaders around the world for which I am  thankful  and which has been the best benefit of beading.   And the patience beading has taught me.  For that I am grateful too.   

​And my grandson, Jules, is the apple of my eye.   He doesn’t bead yet but we do share cookies! 


Artist: Shelley Nybakke
Skill Level: Intermediate (Be comfortable with Right Angle Weave)
Workshop Length: Full Day Class
Techniques: Right Angle Weave
Materials: Click HERE
Kit Color Options: Click HERE
Kit: $120 (Gold & Silver)
         $90 (Black Beads/White Pearls &             Copper Beads/Green Pearls )
                     ~No Pre-Orders on Kits~

Students should bring:  14 lb Fireline, Needles, Lighting/Magnification




Sherry Serafini

Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt like base. Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design. She seldom works from sketches. Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification. Some pieces take a year to complete. Each piece is unique.

My simple intentions stem from my belief that “there can never be enough beauty in this world.

Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years. She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work.

Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the world. She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines. Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist & friend Heidi Kummli and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini. Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and has been worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, pro golfer Michelle Wie and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.


Artist: Sherry Serafini
Skill Level: All Levels
Workshop Length: Full Day Class
Techniques: Back stitch, Peyote stitch, Edging, Embellishment
Materials:  This is a kit only class. The kit will need to be purchased from Sherry. Heart of Texas Bead Retreat will not provide a supply list.
Kit: NOW $120
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies, wire cutters for cutting the chain
Kit Color Options: Click HERE








. . . and especially for our Early Birds!

An Optional Add-On Class

‘Gemma’ with Sue Charette-Hood

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