Beki Haley


This started off as one of those projects that came easily to me in a dream, but did not translate magically into beads. 
But I am nothing if not stubborn!
I also am blessed with a fantastic group of beady friends who thankfully share advice and input. 
After many months of trial and error, Zayandeh (pronounced Zay-an-day) finally came to life!

Named after a Persian river that the Si-o-seh pol bridge, with its many beautiful arches, spans.
Zayandeh River starts in the Zagros Mountains, from a natural pool known as Janan Spring. It has come to be known by this name as a result of the many fields it irrigates on its course and thus brings them to life. The Zayandeh is spanned by many historical Safavid era bridges, and flows through many parks.

Comprised of modified CRAW, RAW and netting techniques that will teach you how to incorporate various sizes of seed beads along with a little adjustment in tension to create sensual curves that can then be embellishing in a myriad of ways. 

Toss in some sparkle from some lovely Swarovski stones and you'll have a stunning necklace!

Additional colorways will be available!

Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

A Midsummer Night's Vine

Melissa was inspired by the Spring Colorway kit she purchased for the 1st ever Whimbeads BEad Inspired Design contest.  It was no surprise when she won with her incredible mask.  Combining those bright pinks and greens and Melissa's overwhelming talent for creating both drama and beauty in simultaneous harmony.

But that mask was not where her inspiration stopped.  She went on to create the incredible project for you all for the Las Vegas Bead Retreat!

Combine three-sided PRAW, CRAW, netting, peyote stitch, and stringing to create this floral multi-strand necklace featuring curling vines and beaded flowers.

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine." (Act II, Scene I, A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare)

An additional colorway will be available.


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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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We're looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas! 
Kinga, Melissa & Beki

Melissa Grakowsky Shippee is an exceptionally talented bead artist and published beadwork designer and instructor. She teaches bead workshops internationally, contributes regularly to books and magazines, and has won numerous awards for her work.

A native of Eastern Connecticut, Melissa studied locally and received a BFA in Art and a BS in Physics from the University of Connecticut. Her publications and contributions include a full-length instructional beading book called “I Can Herringbone”, articles in Beadwork magazine, Bead&Button magazine, Bead Star magazine, and Perlen Poesie, plus contributions to Lark Publishing's"Beading All Stars", "1000 Beads", and "500 Necklaces". Melissa’s awards include gold and silver grand prizes and a People’s Choice Award in Fire Mountain Gems contests as well as an award in Bead&Button’s annual BeadDreams Competition.

Melissa doesn’t think of what she creates as just jewelry. Instead, beads and thread are just a creative medium with which she explores the possibilities of design, form, color, shape, and movement. Her work is inspired by the colors and shapes of nature and she incorporates mathematical principles in her designs. Each piece is a gorgeous manifestation of her expert skill and love for the art of beading.

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Kinga Nichols

It's A Hippie Thing!

The sixties are back and they brought all the color with them! Who doesn't love big bold flowers in lush bright tones? This bracelet has it all. A beautiful art glass cabochon from Stuart Abelman world-renowned glass artist surrounded by bright happy colors in various shaped beads, and all worked on a foundation covered with the most beautiful Dupioni silk money can buy.

This is a super fun project to work on, and it will put a smile on your face every time you glance at your wrist.

I am offering this project in two colorways:
Mango Tango for those who love shimmering orange, bright green, all things tropical. Think of  sunsets on the beach, margaritas with little umbrellas, sand between your toesies and skinny dipping.
Midnight Magic for those who come alive as the sun goes down and like to dance under the full moon and are swayed by all things glowing purple and deep tropical teal. Think of bonfires making the trees come alive with purple sparks!

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 furbaby Samantha Regina Nichols. 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.
 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.
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