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Heart of Texas Bead Retreat

June 2020 Retreat



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 Kummlim Sensational Bead Embroidery, and currently Inspirational Bead Embroidery. Sherry has a series of DVD’s and has been featured on Beads Baubles and Jewels and currently JTV.

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.

Texas Two-Step

Description: A fun two-step project – Step 1, a beautiful carved wood focal centers the bead embroidery, Step 2 is creating beautiful fringe. Let’s dance!

Artist: Sherry Serafini

Workshop: This is a workshop designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat June 2020 
Skill Level: All skill levels
Techniques: Bead embroidery, Fringe, Edging
Kit: $75
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Click HERE



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.


Description: Create a long flowing chain sprinkled with crystal-filled components to add glamour to the piece. Learn how to create the beautiful component accents that can be used to make a variety of jewelry pieces in and of it self. Bead an artist-created sterling silver clock piece as the focal point. This beautiful necklace is truly a “timeless”
creation. It wears well with casual and dress outfits for anytime use.

Artist: Amy Katz

Workshop: This is a workshop designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat June 2020
Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques: Cubic right angle weave (CRAW), Herringbone, Peyote stitch, Bead embroidery
Kit: $100
Students should bring: Size 12 beading needles, Size 11 Tulip needles, E-6000 glue, Magnification, Lighting source, Work surface, Scissors, Tape measure
Kit Color Options: Silver, Gold


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.



Artist: Betty Stephan

Workshop : This is a workshop designed for The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat June 2020
Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques: Bead embroidery, Peyote, assorted weaving stitches
Kit: $70
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies
Kit Color Options: Click HERE



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