Zoom Workshops

Heart of Texas Bead Retreat

Zoom Retreat!

September 10-13, 2020


These workshops will be held on the Zoom app. To use Zoom you will need: A computer or laptop which has speakers, a microphone and a video camera, and an internet connection. If your laptop doesn’t have a video camera, you can buy one inexpensively. You can also join a Zoom class without a camera but instructors don’t recommend it.


Nancy Cain

Nancy has been teaching bead classes for over 20 years and for the last 16 years on the international/national circuit teaching in Japan twice, Australia, Germany and England as well as on several bead cruises from Alaska to the Baltic Sea. She was the 2015 Bead & Button Show Master Class instructor – teaching Engineering Vessels. In her workshop sessions, she shares her passion for structural peyote stitch by delving into the process of designing and structure.

With an engineering perspective to beading, she shares the processes so students can enhance their knowledge beyond the specific project.

Nancy has exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hakone Open-Air Museum. She was named Beadwork’s Designer of the Year for 2010 and has twice been a Bead Dreams Finalist at the Bead & Button show. She has also been widely published and is in the process of writing a book.

Before her beading hobby grew, Nancy was as a graphic artist and calligrapher as well as a drafter for an engineering company. She is married with two grown children and lives in Colorado.

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


Description: Contempo definition – informal contemporary

When designing, I like to start with a general sense of the style I want to achieve. I wanted this design to fit with the modern looking Swarovski 30mm Chessboard circle flat back stone. Various styles of peyote stitch create Contempo. This versatile piece pairs well with a little black dress or a denim jacket. Jointed ropes add hinges while the sides of the stone show an open weave design.

Artist: Nancy Cain
Workshop: This is a FOUR-HOUR Zoom Class designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat
Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques: Peyote Stitch
Materials: Japanese Seed beads, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver or gold vermeil clasp
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit Color Options:  Click HERE
Kit: $95 (+ shipping)
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, Fireline, your usual beading supplies

Cynthia Rutledge

Cynthia is a contemporary artist and teacher focusing on beadwork as her medium. She specializes in peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques with an emphasis on developing sculptural unsupported shapes in beadwork.

Her work has been exhibited in national and international shows and has appeared in Nicolette Stessin’s Beaded Amulet Purses, Carol Taylor’s Creative Bead Jewelry, and Carol Wilcox Wells’Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches.

“My attraction to 3-dimensional shapes has created a fascination for me throughout my life and has fueled my creative spirit. My choice of beadwork as a primary medium has followed that same fascination. As my beadwork has evolved, my work seems to always lean towards the building of shapes and forms that are functional and wearable.

The choice to use beads as my medium was primarily influenced by my love of color. Beads reflect and absorb light, hold shape and dimension, and in so doing, offer chameleon-like qualities. It is not always the end result that is the most important to me, however. The process of working with beads and thread is meditative and calming, which allows time for reflection. Engineering each piece is always a challenge that thrills me, as well as giving me the power to make the decisions that need to be made for each piece. The more I experience the wonderful qualities of beadwork, the more I realize my relationship with beads will always be one of learning, experiencing and sharing.

The decision to teach grew from my personal desire to share my love of beads and all the wonderful things that can be created with them. The commitment that I have to teaching stems from my desire to share the knowledge I have gained while developing my own skills in this medium. Ultimately, my mission is to help to keep this art form alive and well.”    (photo of Cynthia by Mark Rutledge)

To view more of Cynthia’s designs, visit Cynthia Rutledge

Symbol of the West

Description:  Click HERE
Artist: Cynthia Rutledge
Workshop:  This is a FULL DAY Zoom Class designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. No skills needed for the metal, these techniques will be taught in class. The center component is 1.25 inches high by 2 inches wide plus the CZ drop. The necklace cord is 49 inches long including the metal and pearl drops.
Techniques: Peyote Stitch
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $88 (+ shipping) – You will need One 10mm round CZ & One 10x14mm pear CZ for necklace; Two 14mm cushion cut CZs for the earrings [CZs available to order with your kit.]
Kit Colors: Click HERE
Students should bring: Beading needles in an assortment of sizes, Small, sharp scissor for cutting thread, Teflon coated craft scissors, 6-inch ruler, 2 feet of Terrifically Tacky Tape (TTT), Pencil Thin permanent marker, 4-hole punch.


Betty Stephan

Betty Stephan learned to sew at a young age. It wasn’t until she was in her 50’s that she combined this skill with the art of beadwork in the form of bead embroidery. After retiring from her “real” job as an aide in a Preschool for special needs children in 2005, she became a full time bead artist.  Betty travels throughout the US teaching and exhibiting her intricate pieces at art shows and the annual Bead & Button Show. Her work has been published in “Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry.” She has won numerous international awards and contests and her designs have been published in Bead and Button, Beadwork, and Ornament magazines.

To view more of Betty’s designs : Click HERE


Description:  This layered bead embroidered cuff is sewn on lace shapes to form both the butterfly and the leaves giving a wonderful dimensional effect. A woven component forms the center of the butterfly while the bead embroidery adds to the intricacy of the piece.  In class you will learn about using lace as a base pattern for your bead embroidery, as well as working with several different bead shapes.  Several embroidery stitches will be covered, as well as edging and using buttons as clasps.

Artist: Betty Stephan

Workshop : This is a FOUR HOUR Zoom workshop with an Exclusive Colorway for the Heart of Texas Bead Retreat
Skill Level: All Levels
Techniques: Bead embroidery, Peyote, assorted weaving stitches
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $70 (+ shipping)
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Betty has created a new colorway exclusive to the Heart Fall 2020 Retreat! For the kit colors click HERE


Liisa Turunen

Liisa threaded her first beading needle back in 1994. Beading as a hobby she went on to become a massage therapist, esthetician, and got her nursing degree in Finland. But in 2006 beads wove her back in. Since then she has spent her time fully submerged in beads! She has been working professionally as a designer and teacher since 2006. Liisa has taught at the Bead & Button shows and Bead Fest shows. Along with beads her other major obsession is with cats. Often volunteering in her local shelter and fostering kittens! Cats have been her biggest inspiration in her designing process. And just like cats, her designs are known for being classic, ageless, and graceful….
With a few hairballs thrown into the mix.

Liisa was named one of Beadwork magazine’s Designer of the Year in 2014.

To view more of Liisa’s designs: Click HERE

Birman Bracelet

Artist: Liisa Turunen

Workshop : This is a FOUR HOUR Zoom workshop designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat
Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques:  Peyote Stitch, Increasing and Odd-Count
Materials: Japanese Seed Beads, Delica beads in two colors, Swarovski Chessboards 8mm or 8mm Swarovski spike beads, Swarovski Chatons, Slide Bar Clasp Note: Spikes can be replaced with Chessboards in any kit color
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $115 (+ shipping)
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Click HERE   (More colors coming next week!)



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