Summer 2021 Workshops

Heart of Texas Bead Retreat

Summer Retreat

June 24-27, 2021

Hilton DFW Lakes  Grapevine, TX


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

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Workshop: Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2021 Bead Retreat
Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Techniques: Peyote Stitch
Kit: $
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Students should bring: 


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 is unique.

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 U.S. and has won numerous awards for excellence in design, including Saul Bell Outstanding Jewelry Design Award, Bead International 2006, People’s Choice Bead Dreams, Runner Up Best in Show Bead Dreams, Kennedy Best of Nationally.  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 and dear friend Heidi Kummli and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini.

Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and is owned and worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Her beadwork has been seen at fashion week in Milan by the artists who commission her.

To view more of Sherry’s designs: Sherry Serafini

Leaping Lizard Cuff

Create a bead embroidered cuff with a beautiful lizard cabochon by the fabulous Jean Christen. Lizard is separately beaded on foundation then attached to cork fabric. Other components are beaded and then attached with a little herringbone stitch. Then embellishments of Swarovski pearls and crystals complete the piece.

Cuff will be customized to fit your own wrist. Clasp is a slide bar clasp.

Workshop : Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2021 Bead Retreat
Skill Level: All Levels
Techniques: Bead embroidery, Peyote, Herringbone, assorted weaving stitches
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $110
Students should bring: Includes everything needed to complete the cuff except for Fireline 6lb test, size 11 beading needles, scissors and E-6000. Full color directions are included. Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies as needed.
Kit Color Options: More colors will be available

Heather Kingsley-Heath

English beadwork artist Heather Kingsley-Heath’s work is delicate, richly detailed and infinitely wearable. Inspired by history, heritage, vintage and treasures; all of which she interprets into ingenious new combinations of stitches that will keep you engaged and inspired. 
Heather is also known for her more experimental figurative and sculptural pieces which combine a huge range of seed beading techniques with other materials.
As a tutor Heather is a kind, patient, gentle and inspiring teacher, generous with her design processes and techniques. She teaches regularly both in the UK and overseas. 
She writes and publishes her work as books, kits and patterns as well as creating pieces to commission.

To view more of Heather’s designs: Heather Kingsley Heath


A layered bracelet worked in Albion stitch, Modified Right
Angle Weave and Netting
Workshop : Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2021 Bead Retreat
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Techniques:  Albion stitch, Modified Right Angle Weave and Netting
Materials: Sizes 15 and 11 seed beads, 2mm glass pearls, 3mm Swarovski crystals, 8mm Swarovski chatons
Kit: $95
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies including needles
Kit Color Options: Available in 3 colors – photos coming soon!


Melanie De Miguel

Melanie de Miguel is an international beadwork tutor and designer, whose work has been featured in a number of exhibitions, beading books and publications.

Passionate about beading and teaching, Melanie’s designing skills really took off when she had built up a solid arsenal of beading techniques with which to work every project. Her fascination with thread paths and her constant desire to experiment led her to create an exciting new beadwork technique – Hubble stitch. Publishing Let’s Hubble!, her first book, was the logical next step; it was released on 11th May, 2015 and sold out quickly, reaching the No.1 bestseller in the Beadwork and Jewelry categories.

To view more of Melanie’s designs: Melanie De Miguel

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Workshop : Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2021 Bead Retreat
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Kit: $
Students should bring: Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies including needles
Kit Color Options: Click HERE


Cliff Swain-Salomon

Cliff Swain-Salomon is an off-the-loom seed bead weaver known for creating non-traditional jewelry shapes and pushing the boundaries of color exploration. After injuring and losing use of both of his hands for over three years, he began beading when a friend recommended he try it as part of his hand rehabilitation therapy. Once he started, he was hooked.

In all of his pieces, Cliff integrates over 30 years of study in multiple fields, including graphic design, painting, as well as apprenticeships with several medicine men and women, exploring sacred geometry and chromotherapy. He has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Toho Bead Galleries in Osaka and Tokyo Japan. Several publications have featured his jewelry including Facet Jewelry, Style Magazine, and Bead and Button. Cliff was the grand prize winner of Bead Dreams in 2018 where he received the People’s Choice Award and has also received several other awards including—the Facet Jewelry Reader’s Choice Award July 2019 and Judges Award November 2019.

Cliff teaches beadweaving at various stores, for bead societies, and for retreats internationally. Before becoming a full-time artist/teacher, Cliff had worked as an instructor for a college of natural medicine, as a chef, and had held a private holistic medicine practice.  He is married with a 3 year-old daughter and lives in California, near San Francisco.

To view more of Cliff’s designs: Cliff Swain-Salomon

Wild at Heart


Designed in honor of Cliff’s mother—an adventuresome character who runs circles around people even half her age—this wild prairie rose pendant necklace reflects her love, its resilience, and its infiniteness. Five heart-shaped petals adorn a bezeled Swarovski chaton, surrounded by softly striated leaves.  To complete the necklace, the pendant attaches to a beaded rope of Russian Snake Chain studded with 2mm Swarovski Pearls.

Workshop : Designed for The Heart of Texas Summer 2021 Bead Retreat
Skill Level:  Advanced.  A strong understanding of Peyote and RAW is required for this class.  In class, modified St. Petersburg (Russian Feather Stitch) and Russian snake chain will be taught.
Techniques:  Peyote, RAW, Brick, modified St. Petersburg (Russian Feather Stitch), Russian Snake Chain
Materials: Kit Mandatory
Kit: $95
Students should bring:Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies including needles, One-G thread or Miyuki thread (depending on colorway) will be included.  You can use 4# fireline if you prefer (must be 4#)
Kit Color Options: Coming Soon!

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