Classes Archive October 2010 - January 2012

(in reverse order)

    KALATA  -- Tuesday May 2nd 2012 6 - 8pm
     Skill Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Any bead weaving; Right Angle Weave helpful
    Do you have a whole bunch of these gorgeous briolette beads with no idea how to incorporate them into your beadwork? No problem, this project will set you straight. Start with a 10mm bead (glass, gemstone, faceted, whatever), add a bit of peyote, a bit of netting and some other odds and ends, and you’ll end up with a delightfully dimensional pendant that you’ll probably finish in the allotted class time.
    Materials
    11x12mm briolettes
    Japanese size 11 seed beads
    Japanese size 15 seed beads
    Japanese fringe beads
    10mm round bead
    Needle
    Thread

    Note
    Choose your needle and thread such that the size 15º seed beads can accommodate thread three times through them. Depending on the colour (different colours have slightly different sizes of bead holes), a size 12 needle with doubled Nymo B will be fine.






    GRECO  -- Tuesday April 18th 2012  6 - 8pm

    Skill Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Peyote stitch

    Lose all dignity and embrace the whimsical with this adorable little pitcher pendant, or if you prefer, a two-handled urn.

    Use your peyote skills with a smidgen of right angle weave and herringbone and LOTS of tension, add a few fire-polished beads and end up with an adorable little pitcher or urn!

    Materials
    Japanese size 11 seed beads
    Japanese size 15 seed beads
    3mm fire-polished beads
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread



    ZILLA  --  Tuesday April 4th 2012 6 - 8pm

    Skill Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Peyote stitch

    Use your peyote skills to make these pretty little open stars. Hang them from ear wires, connect them to form a  bracelet, or string them in a necklace - either way, they’ll add sparkle to your day!

    Materials
    Size 11 seed beads in as many colours as desired (I used three)
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread


    LUSTRO   -- Tuesday  March 21st 2012  6 - 8pm

    Skill Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Peyote stitch

    Sparkly fun! Lovely oval crystal stones are surrounded by seed beads, fire-polished beads and fringe beads for an elongated shape that somehow reminds me of the Evil Queen's magic mirror from Snow White.

    The back's pretty too.



    Materials
    Japanese size 11 seed beads 
    Japanese size 15 seed beads 
    3mm fire-polished beads
    4mm fire-polished beads
    Japanese fringe beads
    Smallish side-drilled drop or briolette
    18x15mm Swarovski stone
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread



    LUCIDITY CHAIN  --  Tuesday March 7th 2012 6 - 8pm

    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Any bead weaving; Right Angle Weave helpful



    Found your marbles? Perfectly sane? Here’s the perfect project!

    Cover a 12mm/0.5” marble with an overlay of seed beads, fire-polished beads (and optionally fringe beads too) for a fun little beaded accent in a necklace. Use netting and peyote stitch to capture the marble, switching to right angle weave for the sections between each marble and the rest of the necklace.  

    I used five marbles in my necklace, though you could certainly use more for a longer necklace, but do bear in mind that too many may get too heavy!

    Materials
    Japanese size 11 beads in 3 colours
    Japanese size 15 seed beads
    4mm fire-polished beads
    Japanese fringe beads (optional, recommended)
    1/2” glass marble(s)
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread




    DAGGER FLOWER --  Tuesday February 22nd 6 - 8pm

    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Any bead weaving; Right Angle Weave helpful



    Love daggers? Can’t figure out how best to use them? Try this!

    Choose a Swarovski rivoli, some tiny daggers, one or two colours of large daggers, and with an assortment of seed beads and fire-polished make this gorgeous floral pendant.  You should be comfortable with right angle weave and have good thread control, as the daggers can be tricky. Tight tension for once is not a prerequisite for the bulk of this project.

    Materials
    Japanese size 8 seed beads in 1 or 2 colours
    Japanese size 11 seed beads
    Japanese size 15 seed beads (only seen on the back of the pendant)
    3mm fire-polished beads
    14mm Swarovski rivoli
    Tiny daggers
    Full-size daggers in 1 or 2 colours - use patterned daggers for the back layer
    Large closed jump ring
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread



    LUCIDITY LARIAT or PENDANT --  Tuesday February 8th 2012 6 - 8pm

    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Any bead weaving; Peyote and Herringbone helpful

    Found your marbles? Perfectly sane? Here’s the perfect project!

    Cover a 12mm/0.5” marble with an overlay of seed beads, fire-polished beads (and optionally fringe beads too) for a fun little dangle that does dual duty as a pendant or as the ends of a lariat. Use netting and peyote stitch to capture the marble, and use peyote for the pendant bail and base of the lariat, switching to herringbone for the lariat chain. 


    I’ve chosen three toning seed bead colours in three different finishes in light, medium and dark, but there’s no reason to not go wild and choose vivid contrasts.

    Materials
    Japanese size 11 beads in 3 colours
    Japanese size 15 seed beads
    4mm fire-polished beads
    3mm fire-polished beads 
    Japanese fringe beads (optional)
    1/2” glass marble(s)
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread




    BLOSSOMS -- Tuesday 24th January 6 - 8pm


    Use circular peyote stitch to make delicately shaped blossoms. Suspend them from earwires as earrings, or attach them to form a necklace or bracelet.

    Materials
    Size 11 seed beads in 4 colours: light (main), medium, dark, leaf
    Small daisy spacer
    Small accent beads (optional)
    Ear wires
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread

    Prerequisite: Circular peyote stitch
    Skill Level: Intermediate




    ROYAL RING  -- Sunday 8th January 12 - 4pm

    Use tubular right angle weave to make a floppy slider ring that firms up beautifully with its embellishment of rondelles, seed beads and small magatamas or fringe beads or farfalle. Make one, make ten and slide them on your necklace for some fabulous fidgeting (you do fidget with your jewellery, don’t you?)

    Materials
    Size 11 seed beads in 2 or more colours
    Size 15 seed beads
    3x5mm rondelles
    Small magatamas
    OR
    2x4mm farfalle beads
    OR
    Fringe beads
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread

    Prerequisite: Right angle weave
    Skill Level: Intermediate




    BAROKIA  -- Tuesday 13th December 6 - 8pm





    These vintage-inspired components will be among your most versatile tools. Combine them with purchased metal or stone rings or your own beaded rings for a fluid necklace or bracelet.  Use one as an elegant bail for a teardrop-shaped focal bead.   Work a shorter variation for sweet little earrings.


    Materials
    Size 11 seed beads in 2 colours, main colour and accent colour
    5x8mm or 6x9mm rondelles
    Fringe beads
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread

    Prerequisite: Herringbone
    Skill Level: Intermediate









    SLINKTI  -- Sunday 4th December 12 - 4pm



    Use very tight tension and a variety of bead sizes to form a wonderful spiral necklace enhancer, gorgeously finished with a rivoli fob at each end.  This class opens a whole host of design possibilities for you: use the spiral technique to make a lariat that twists to fasten, or a dramatic bracelet; use the bezelling technique for the rivoli to make earrings, a necklace or bracelet; or use the bezelled rivoli in its cone to make a statement ring. Use your most expensive 11ºs that you’ve been saving for something special, beause this is it! (It also won’t use up too many of them).

    Materials
    2x12mm rivolis
    Size 15 seed beads
    Size 11 seed beads
    Size 8 seed beads
    3mm fire-polished beads
    4mm fire-polished beads
    Size 11 or smaller needle (10 is too big)
    Your favourite beading thread

    Prerequisite: Right angle weave, tubular herringbone stitch, netting
    Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced



    SIMONA  -- Tuesday 29th November 6 - 8pm




    Get out those wild daggers that you just had to have and now can’t figure out how to use. And those weird little farfalle beads to that were too odd to pass up.  Use netting with a variety of beads to make a necklace to show off those gorgeous daggers. 

    I used Czech size 11ºs in my necklace because I like their delicacy, but you can use Japanese seed beads if you prefer. I would suggest matching the second (accent) size 11 colour to the farfalle beads, and make sure  there’s plenty of contrast with your main colour seed beads for maximum effect. We will also discuss using the same technique to make a matching wide cuff.




    Materials
    Size 11 seed beads in 2 colours, main colour and accent colour
    3mm fire-polished beads
    5x16mm dagger beads
    3x11mm dagger beads OR 4x6mm drops
    Small magatamas
    2x4mm farfalle beads
    Your favourite beading needle
    Your favourite beading thread

    Prerequisite: Netting
    Skill Level: Intermediate






    KELL  -- Tuesday 15th November 6 - 8pm
    This intricate, bell-shaped pendant is centred around long oval or rice-shaped beads and an assortment of fire-polished and seed beads in various sizes. The substructure is right angle weave, using the larger beads, while the smaller beads are used both for embellishment as well as to give the pendant structure and stability. There is some wiggle room in the size of the long oval beads (we can adjust seed bead counts to compensate for a slight difference), but they can be faceted or smooth, as long as they do taper at both ends and are not too fat in the middle. I prefer the look of a wirework bail, but I will discuss a seed beaded bail as well.


    Materials
    8x17mm rice-shaped beads (approximately)
    Size 15 seed beads
    Size 11 seed beads
    Size 8 seed beads
    Japanese fringe beads (not magatamas)
    3mm fire-polished beads
    4mm fire-polished beads
    6mm fire-polished beads
    8mm fire-polished beads
    3x4mm rondelles (optional)
    Head pin or eye pin or wire
    Large closed [jump] ring

    Prerequisite: Right angle weave, netting
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Minimum Enrollment: 2



    SEKLA  --  Tuesday 1st November 6 -8pm


    Sometimes you’re in the mood for earrings or a pendant, sometimes for a whole necklace or bracelet. Whatever your mood, this class will satisfy it. We will complete one unit of one of the two variants of the component, and finish it off to make an earring or beaded bead, sew a bail to make it into a pendant, or start the chain that will lead to the next component for a necklace or bracelet.

    One variant uses larger rondelles; the other uses slightly smaller rondelles.

    This is based on right angle weave and netting, and although you don’t need to be proficient in either stitch, you should be at least an intermediate seed beader with good needle and thread skills.

    Materials
    6x9mm rondelles OR 5x7mm rondelles OR both
    Japanese size 11 seed beads
    Size 8 seed beads
    Japanese fringe beads (not magatamas)
    4mm fire-polished beads

    Prerequisite: Right angle weave, netting
    Skill Level: Intermediate




    SKWER  --  Tuesday 18th October 6 - 8pm
    This is one of the most versatile components you’ll ever make. For those who prefer an intricate, textural piece, continue on to the end - but if you want something sparer, just don’t add the seed bead embellishments. Use this as a pendant, hung straight as a square, or at an angle for the look of a diamond. Make a pair into earrings. Join them along their straight edges to form a substantial cuff, or point-to-point for a lighter look or for a necklace. Or alternate embellished and unembellished units in yet another variation. 

    What variation will YOU choose?

    Materials
    Japanese fringe beads (not magatamas)
    Size 15 seed beads
    Size 11 seed beads
    Size 8 seed beads
    3mm fire-polished beads
    6mm fire-polished beads
    10mm fire-polished beads
    Needle
    Thread

    Prerequisites: Peyote
    Skill Level: Intermediate






    RARITY   Tuesday September 20th  6 - 8pm

    Learn an easy-to-grok way of doing tubular right angle weave, using it to make a lusciously undulating and fluid rope with jewelled accents. Use a clasp to close, or make your own toggle-and-bar closure using RAW.  The beaded bead accents can also be made in isolation (in other words: beaded beads), not necessarily as part of a rope, although this is what we will do in class.
    Materials
    Size 15 seed beads
    Size 11 seed beads
    Size 8 seed beads
    Japanese fringe beads (not magatamas)
    3mm fire-polished beads or 3x4mm rondelles
    4mm fire-polished beads
    6mm fire-polished beads
    Needle
    Thread
    Clasp (optional)

    Prerequisites: Any beadweaving, RAW a plus
    Skill Level: Intermediate


    GARLAND   Tuesday September 6th  6 - 8 pm
    These two-layer circular components are great for colour experimentation or using up small amounts of left-overs, and make a delightfully dimensional statement without much weight, and for the most part do not require super-humanly tight tension.  Use a single motif as an earring, connect a pair for a pendant, or string them together for a necklace.
    Materials
    Size 11 seed beads in 1 or 2 colours
    Size 8 seed beads
    Japanese fringe beads or farfalle or magatamas
    Needle
    Thread
    Prerequisites: Herringbone
    Skill level: Intermediate


    DIAMOND LINKS   Tuesday August 23rd  6 - 8pm
    Use tubular right angle weave with my easy thread path to make reversible open shapes that can be used singly as earrings (we’ll make ear wires that can be used to reverse the dangles easily), or linked with donuts or other open components to make a reversible necklace or bracelet.  Use one colour for the front, one colour for the back, and a third colour for the sides. I recommend opaque beads: metallic, luster, plain opaque, matte all work well. Silver-lined are not recommended - both because they can be confusing to work with and also because if they don’t sit absolutely square, your weave will look sloppy. 

    Materials
    Size 8 seeds (or use 11s if you pefer), 3 colours
    Japanese fringe beads or small magatamas (optional)
    Needle 
    Thread
    Optional (depnding on use)
    21 gauge (or thinner) open jump rings
    Open components such as hammered metal rings, donuts, crystal rings, etc
    Wire to make ear wires

    Prerequisites: Any beadweaving, RAW a plus
    Skill Level: Intermediate

    LEAVES EARRINGS   Tuesday August 9th  6 - 8pm
    Learn the Russian leaves technique to make a pair of multi-hued two-layer leafy earrings. Pick similar colours with different finishes as in the sample, or use a single colour, or go crazy with wild contrasts.
    Materials
    Size 11 seed beads in 1, 2 or 4 colours
    Ear wires
    Needle
    Thread

    Prerequisites: Peyote
    Skill Level: Intermediate


    CREENA   Tuesday July 26th  6 - 8pm
    Using peyote and St Petersburg stitches, combine a rivli with a stunning drop bead to make this symmetric pendant with a bezel surround that flows seamlessly into its chain.

    Materials
    14mm rivoli
    Narrow sideways-drilled drop
    Size 15 seed beads
    Size 11 seed beads in one to three different colours (I recommend two)
    4mm fire-polished beads or pearls or other similar accent beads
    Clasp
    Needle
    Thread

    Prerequisites: Peyote, St Petersburg Chain a plus
    Skill Level: Intermediate


    ALEXANDRA CHAIN    Tuesday July 12th  6 - 8pm
    Use medium-sized rondelles (smaller than 6x9mm but bigger than 3x4mm) with three different sizes of seed beads as well as fringe beads to make triangular components that can be linked in a variety of ways to make chains (we will discuss two variations), earrings or pendants. I will also show you how to adjust your bead counts for different-sized rondelles.  
    Materials
    Medium-to-small faceted rondelles (Czech or Chinese)
    Size 15 seed beads
    Size 11 seed beads
    Size 8 seed beads
    Japanese fringe beads
    Needle 
    Thread

    Prerequisites: Any beadweaving, RAW a plus
    Skill Level: Intermediate


    WHIRLIGIG    Tuesday June 28th  6 - 8pm
    With peyote stitch and St Petersburg Chain, use seed beeds and fire-polished beads to set a rivoli in a whirling bezel (it doesn’t actually whirl, it just looks like it!)
    Materials
    14mm rivoli
    Size 15 seed beads
    Size 11 seed beads in one to three different colours (I recommend two)
    4mm fire-polished beads or pearls or other similar accent beads
    Needle
    Thread

    Prerequisites: Peyote, St Petersburg Chain a plus
    Skill Level: Intermediate


    JAX    Tuesday June 14th   6 - 8pm


    This is a wondeful little component that can be used singly as earrings or a pendant, joined one to the next as a bracelet or necklace, or attached to large links for an airier chain. You can use larger daggers for a more angular look, or spade beads for a more compact effect. And you can make each one reversible!  Really, it doesn’t get much better.  No specific beading stitches are prerequisites, although right angle weave is helpful, but this is definitely not a beginner project, as you should have plenty of seed beading experience and good needle-and-thread control.
    Materials
    6x13mm daggers or spade beads
    Japanese fringe beads (not magatamas)
    Size 11 seed beads
    Size 8 seed beads
    4mm fire-polished beads
    Needle
    Thread

    Prerequisites: Any beadweaving, RAW a plus
    Skill Level: Intermediate


    STACKING STYLE
    Tuesday May 17th 6 - 8pm

    Here’s an add-a-bead pendant you’ll love. Start with a beadwoven base, and stack large-hole beads as well as large-hole beaded beads for a uniquely customizable look. Handout will contain instructions for all beaded beads and variations, but we will probably only complete a couple in class.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads
    • Size 8 seed beads
    • Size 6 seed beads
    • Japanese fringe beads
    • 3mm fire-polished beads
    • 4mm fire-polished beads
    • 6mm fire-polished beads
    • 8mm fire-polished beads
    • Needle
    • Thread

    TETRACHAIN

    Tuesday May 3rd 6 - 8pm

    With a little care, this stitch works with a variety of oval or rice-shaped beads - almost any size will do, as long as the bead holes are big enough, which means pearls are probably not suitable.  Use the same beads for each double tetrahedral shape, or vary them - your choice. Unless you use lightweight beads like shells, resin or wood, I strongly recommend a sturdy thread like fireline.

    Materials
    • Any oval or pinch beads or rice-shaped beads, 9 per unit
    • Size 6 or 8 seed beads
    • Fringe beads (optional)
    • Accent beads (for between each woven unit)
    • Clasp
    • Needle
    • Thread

    SATELLITE BEADED BEADS

    Tuesday April 19th 6 - 8pm

    More rondelles! These sturdy little beaded beads pack a punch. They’re fun to make and really showcase the rondelles, with added interest provided by fringe beads and more fire-polished beads. They work equally well alone as earrings, or strung to make a necklace.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads 
    • Size 8 seed beads
    • 6x9mm fire-polished rondelles
    • 3mm fire-polished beads
    • Japanese fringe beads
    • Needle
    • Thread

    SLANT

    Tuesday April 5th 6 - 8pm

    Is it peyote? Is it herringone? For seed-beading pleasure, this one hits the spot. You’ll learn a challenging technique using peyote stitch with strategically-placed increases and decreases, accented with magatamas, to make this substantial yet fluid chain. Once you understand the concept, you’ll be able to adjust the width or even make it reversible with different colours front and back.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads, 3 colours
    • Magatamas
    • Clasp
    • Needle

    FEERA BRACELET

    Tuesday March 22nd  6 - 8pm

    Here’s another use for those gergeous Czech rondelles that I just can’t resist. Weave and join four-sided components into a wonderfully dimensional bracelet with a clasp utilizing a rondelle. We’ll also discuss using the components as earrings, and how to curve them into a necklace.

    Materials
    • Size 15 seed beads
    • Size 11 seed beads
    • Size 8 seed beads
    • 6x9mm fire-polished rondelles
    • 4mm fire-polished beads
    • Needle
    • Thread


    ISIS BEADED BEAD

    Tuesday March 8th 6 - 8pm

    Use your peyote skills to create the hollow base for these little beaded beads, and give them further structure and interest by adding another layer using more seed beads and fire-polished beads

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads in 2 colours
    • Size 8 seed beads
    • 6mm fire-polished beads
    • 4mm fire-polished beads
    • Needle
    • Thread

    DEVETI PENDANT
    Tuesday February 22nd 6-8pm

    Create a fabulously rich multi-layered pendant beginning with a rivoli and then adding layers of embllishment, colour and texture. Pick a monochromatic palette for deep and subtle complexity, or choose contrasts galore for explosive bling! If there’s time, we’ll make matching earrings too.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads
    • 6x9mm fire-polished rondelles
    • 3mm fire-polished beads
    • 4mm fire-polished beads
    • Japanese fringe beads
    • 14mm rivoli
    • Purchased chain if desired
    • Needle
    • Thread

    CALLA
    Tuesday February 8th 6 - 8pm

    Make a bouquet of these adorable calla lily-like components. You need to be comfortable with peyote stitch, and should be able to work with tight tension, which is required to prevent droop! We'll discuss colour options to really make these sing!

    Materials
    • Japanese seed beads
    • Needle
    • Thread
    • Purchased necklace if desired


    TWIG  
    Tuesday January 25th  6 - 8pm
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Herringbone, Peyote

    Make your branch as leafy as you like - or as bare.  Make leaves that seem to grow organically from your herringbone branch, stitching each leaf as you go. Once we have the concept down, we’ll vary the colouring of each leaf, and discuss how to adjust the sizes and shapes of each leaf.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads in one colour for the branch, and one or more leaf colours
    • Needle
    • Thread

    SWIRL NECKLACE  
    Tuesday January 11th 6 - 8pm
    Skill Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Netting

    Grab a set of seed and fire-polished beads in graduated sizes, and use Russian-style netting (this just means that each stitch is not quite symmetric, using different sizes of beads in the stitch) to make an eye-catching pendant that swirls out from the centre. To finish it off, make a chain using a daisy stitch variation with built-in toggle clasp.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads, main colour and contrast colour
    • Size 8 seed beads, contrast colour
    • 3mm fire-polished beads, contrast colour
    • 4mm fire-polished beads, contrast colour
    • 6mm fire-polished beads, contrast colour
    • Needle
    • Thread



    WHEELIE PENDANT  
    Tuesday December 14th 6 - 8pm
    Skill Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Peyote

    This versatile little pendant has a core large enough to slide onto a herringbone or spiral rope, or dangle from hoop earrings and works well for using smallish quantities of beads. Fun, lightweight and as colourful as you want to make it!

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads
    • Size 15 seed beads
    • 3mm fire-polished beads
    • 6mm fire-polished beads
    • 4x6mm drop beads
    • Needle
    • Thread


    ZIG THE ZAG BRACELET 

    Tuesday November 30th 6 - 8pm
    Skill Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Peyote

    This is a great way to combine coin beads in your seed beading - or not! Work peyote stitch that zigs and zags as you increase and decrease in every row. Work short segments joined with coin beads for an open, airy cuff, or simply work one unbroken piece to your wrist measurement. This is also a fun canvas for colour studies, as the zig-zags make even stripes very interesting. We will also discuss varying the width, either by making deeper zig-zags, or more of them.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads, as many colours as desired
    • Coin beads (any size, optional)
    • Disk beads or small buttons to fasten
    • Needle
    • Thread

    BOXES CHAIN  
    Tuesday November 16th  6 - 8pm
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Peyote

    I find this chain so satisfying to stitch.  Start with the fire-polished beads, switch to herringbone stitch, starting increasing and working in peyote, then decrease until you reach the fire-polished beads, all the while making stripes that curve up and down around the beadwork. We will discuss alternative colour patterning, as well as sizing of each unit.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads in as many colours as desired
    • Size 8 seed beads
    • 4mm fire-polished beads
    • Japanese fringe beads
    • Needle
    • Thread


    FAUXBERGE PENDANT 


    Tuesday November 2nd 6 - 8pm
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Herringbone, Right Angle Weave helpful

    I had so much fun making these pendants that I made eight of them in less than a week!  This richly-textured and layered oval pendant brings to mind jewelled Fabergé eggs - for a fraction of the price. Start with a base constructed using right angle weave, and add an intricate latticework of seed beads accented with fringe beads, drops and faceted beads, finishing off the whole with either a beaded-on bail, or growing a herringbone chain directly off the end.

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads
    • Size 8 seed beads
    • 8mm fire-polished beads
    • 9x7mm fire-polished long-drilled drop beads
    • 4mm fire-polished beads
    • Japanese fringe beads
    • 4x6mm drop beads
    • Needle
    • Thread


    POINT FIVE PENDANT   

    Tuesday October 19th 6 - 8pm
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Peyote stitch

    Bezel a rivoli in peyote stitch, and work two five-pointed offset stacked layers which dance with texture as the eye is drawn to the centre. Suspend the pendant from a herringbone rope.  I chose one dull and one shiny colour for each layer of the ruffle, but this could just as easily be completed in a single colour, or many more than I used.  If the motif is pleasing but the scale seems too modest, this can also be scaled up, which will further emphasize the ruffles, which are fairly gentle at this size. You should be very comfortable with peyote stitch, as we will move briskly through the steps to be covered to complete this project (which is the pendant - I will include instructions for attaching a herringbone rope, but you will probably not get started on the rope during class).

    Materials
    • Size 11 seed beads, as many colours as desired (sample uses 5 colours, two sets of coordinating colours and a bezel colour)
    • Size 15 seed beads (contrast OR coordinate)
    • 14mm rivoli
    • Clasp
    • Needle
    • Thread


    STAR FLOWER


    Tuesday October 5th 6  - 8pm
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Prerequisite: Any beadweaving

    Join sparkling star- or flower-shaped components stitched from two sizes of fire-polished beads and seed beads to make a dazzling necklace or bracelet, or use single components as earrings.

    Materials
    • Japanese size 11 seed beads
    • 3mm fire-polished beads
    • 4mm fire-polished beads
    • 6mm fire-polished beads for necklace
    • Clasp
    • Needle
    • Thread