Class Descriptions

William Holland School of Lapidary Arts

Beadworking: Embroidery I - Barbara Green

[05/19, 08/11, 08/18, 10/06]

This class begins with learning to make a bead bezel around a cabochon using Peyote stitch. As the week continues, students will have the opportunity to learn other stitches, such as right angle weave, herringbone, simple and double spiral, and many more. Many patterns are available. Feel free to bring your own materials and tools if you are an experienced beader; otherwise, supplies will be available. The lab fee covers everything needed to make the first project. The class is at the individual student's pace. No experience is necessary.

Lab Fee:US$30Estimated Materials Cost:$75-150Prerequisites:none

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Beadworking: Embroidery I - Connie Nabholz


You will explore the techniques used in bead embroidery while making a cuff or bracelet, a necklace and a pair of earrings. Kits will be used and will be available for all projects in several color pallets. You will learn the basic bead embroidery stitches and also how to attach cabochons and focal pieces. You will learn to bezel cabochons with peyote stitch. Numerous embellishing techniques will be taught. You will add beads and crystals and other materials to the jewelry pieces. You will explore jewelry design and placement of focal pieces, making each piece unique. You will learn the techniques used in fill in all the spaces around your focal pieces. You will learn to finish each piece using ultra suede and edging techniques. Beads and bracelet blanks, focals, backing materials and ultra suede and other materials will be available for sale also. Beading mats, fireline thread and beading needles will be provided in the kits. I will have extras available for purchase. I will also have seed beads in sizes 8, 11, and 15 for sale, in rounds and other shapes. I will also have some unique focal pieces available for purchase. There are no prerequisites for the class; however you should be comfortable with small handwork.

Lab Fee:US$25Estimated Materials Cost:$150-250Prerequisites:none[Back to Top]

Beadworking: Embroidery I - Vivian Heath



This class has been requested many times in the past and with the popularity of Bead Embroidery it's time. We will concentrate solely on this technique. One whole week of different stitches and looks in bead embroidery only. We will cover cuff bracelets and different styles of pendants and necklaces while adding metal, shell, etc. to enhance the look. You will learn to bezel, couch, make root fringe, use flat beading and dimensional beading as well as several different edge stitches. I also call this "Fearless Beading" because I plan to "free you up" to any and everything you've never done in your beading before. We could also incorporate some "found objects" or pieces you've completed in other classes. Come prepared to have fun!

Lab Fee:US$50Estimated Materials Cost:$25-100Prerequisites:must be able to thread a needle[Back to Top]