Beki Haley has been in love with beads for over 40 years now. She was introduced to the amazing art form of seed bead weaving by her grandmother when she was a child. That early start in exploring the intricacy and fine detail that can be attained with seed beads has stayed with Beki throughout her life. Even as a young teen, Beki loved teaching others all the beautiful things that can be created with beads. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in several different venues from large auditorium settings to intimate one-on-one classes and everything in between.
Training as a classic silversmith at a young age gave Beki an appreciation and understanding of the art and beauty of jewelry design. Beki uses those formal skills to teach the technical aspects of jewelry design. In her classes, the students learn the importance of attention to detail and craftsmanship while exploring their natural creativity. Her love of beads led Beki to open her own bead store, Out On A Whim, in 1986. With her husband, four children, several animals, and days filled with beads, Beki’s life is complete. During any stressful time in her life, Beki turns to her beads for comfort and calm. The meditative action of beading is the perfect tool to bring peace and joy to her otherwise busy and chaotic life. Sharing that joy by teaching others how to create with beads is a blessing beyond measure.
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Kinga Nichols was born in 1980, in Hungary. At 19, she packed up her life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Paul Nichols and furbabies Samantha Regina Nichols and Karl Friedrich Barx. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well. Many of Kinga's best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.
One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started turning into a career when she was painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a bead and Button magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the obsession took over.
After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery.
Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith, quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting 3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and a book feature in Marcia Decoster Presents, 2014. In 2015 she won first place in the crystal category in BeadDreams. She has done a number of instructional bead embroidery videos for Interweave publishing in 2016 and 2017, and has been featured in magazines in the US and Europe.
In 2013 she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a magical place filled with endless possibilities.
Link to blog:
Crimson Frog Designs by Kinga Nichols
Tracy loves organic elements and using wire and metal skills to make it all come together. She rarely plans pieces out, rather lets things fall together naturally. Tracy is a big believer in quality tools and solid techniques and enjoys passing this on to her students so they can also make pieces they can be proud of.
Tracy has more than 30 years of experience teaching beading, wire and metal working. Over the years she has taught in stores in Alaska, California, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida. She has also done workshops on the Oregon Coast, Bead Cruise trips and even ventured to Italy. She teaches at Bead Fest, BABE! and the Bead&Button Show. She has contributed articles to both Bead&Button and Beadwork and several books including: "500 Beaded Objects," "Make Stamped Metal Jewelry," and "101 Gorgeous Earrings." Tracy co-wrote the book "Making Wire & Bead Jewelry - Artful Wirework Techniques. and her latest book, "Exploring Metal Jewelry".
This powerful piece is named after the Medieval queen, adventurer, rebel who led armies, ruled countries and in the process became one of the most important women of her era.
The composition is reminiscent of architecture of the time combined with lush nature. The finished piece remains light and comfortable for the everyday wear of the queen who rules her subjects with fairness, yet with a firm hand.
A remarkable necklace to behold and a remarkable project to create. Eleanor will come in two additional colorways besides Mystic Forest (pictured) , check back later for those.
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars…..
This unique project will start off with Salt Water Etched metal components that you've created during your Thursday Bonus Class! (see below for more details) But don't worry - if you were not able to attend, or are not satisfied with your creations Tracy will have additional components available for purchase.
Come create a beautiful pendant using etching and bead embroidery/embellishing skills. You will start by etching metal pieces of your choosing. If at this point you are freaking out……no
worries….this is a process that even a person that knows nothing about metal work can master!
After prepping pieces we will go through the techniques of embellishing with beads around each piece. Each piece will be completely unique….no two pieces will turn out the same!
If the theme of Moon & Stars doesn’t float your boat, I will have options for Beach and Garden themed pieces available as well!
Several colorways will be available.
A kit is required for this project.
The Bonus Class will be held on Thursday, March 28th in the main meeting room and will be sponsored by Whimbeads.com & Tracy Stanley.
Some of the supplies will be available for sale after class.
All attendees are invited to join, but for this class we will need to divide you into three groups - 1pm, 2pm & 3pm.
Using everyday household items, Tracy and her assistants will show you her incredible technique of Salt Water Etching metal!
You can then use these pieces you've created when you take her class.
Each piece will be totally unique and special.
After registration has completed, I will be sending out an email to all registrants to select their preferred time slot for this class.
Every effort will be made to get you into your preferred time, but depending on request this may not always be possible.
First choice preference will be on a First Come, First Serve basis, so please be sure to keep a lookout for emails coming from me!
Ravenna is a city in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It's known for the colorful mosaics adorning many of its central buildings.
In the heart of Ravenna, you can see some extraordinary fashion: men sporting leopard-spotted tights and velvet cloaks; women wearing dresses of shimmering silk, jewels gleaming at their ears and throats. But these stylish people were not strolling the Piazza del Popolo or sipping prosecco at a cafe; they were rendered in mosaic, created from tiny cubes of colored glass affixed over 1,500 years ago. Sparkling from the walls of eight early Christian monuments, the town’s Byzantine mosaics form the largest such collection in Western Europe.
Ravenna features a custom made cabochon by artist Rachel Spence-Hungary surrounded by sparkling Swarovski crystals to mimic all those glittering mosaic tiles.
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