Betty Stephan


Whether you have never done bead embroidery, or you are an old pro- you are sure to learn a few new techniques with this necklace.  I love a project that is not difficult but gives you a beautifully intricate piece of jewelry when you are finished.  This is definitely one of those projects.

The bottom focal piece is a handmade polymer clay leaf cabochon coated with resin, mimicking the look of dichroic glass. Both cabochons will be bezeled, then the round cabochon will be embellished in a spiral pattern.  That spiral is reflected in the various stitches surrounding the cabochons.

After the pendant is finished, you will add the unusual fringe and chain, created with a whole bunch of Super Duos! Of course, don’t forget those etched drops at the bottom of the fringe. Not only are they really pretty- but they give the fringe weight so it drapes beautifully

Isabella Lam


This beautifully sparkly necklace features a new way to fashion a beaded bezel for a Swarovski Fancy Oval stone and Rivoli surrounded with my favorites sparkling Navettes.

These bezel motifs create a fabulous beaded necklace adjustable to your desired length. The embellishing techniques used in the necklace can be used to make any necklace unique to your style or you may which to create a pair of earrings.

Several colorways will be offered. 


Beki Haley

The Fortune Teller

Fortune-telling has been practiced for ages. Humans have always yearned to know what the future holds for us. Does the cosmic plan say our destiny lies in riches or ruin?

I contemplated the direction I would like my life to flow in while creating this bracelet - and determined that I'd be happiest focusing more attention on teaching in the coming years - so The Fortune Teller seemed like an apt name.

You'll create an ornate Peyote and Netted beaded bezel around a Custom Coated Swarovski stone.  Then used a quick and highly adaptable Filled Netting for the bracelet bands.

While this project is not as difficult as some of my previous retreat projects, I heard many of you request things that are more "doable".  I hope this fills your wishes!

Additional colorways will be available soon.....

Isabella Lam started as a beadwork designer and instruction writer. And over the years beadwork became her profession.

She enjoys exploring and creating unique designs of beaded off-loom jewelry and sharing her love for beads. Her designs have appeared in magazines, books and shows. She has published many instruction articles in magazines and books over the years including Bead&Button, Creative Beading Volumes, Perlen Poesie, “Marcia DeCoster Presents” and “To Catch a Crystal.”

As a leading beadwork designer, her fans all over the world have the opportunity to learn and create many of her off-loom projects. She lives and works in Haifa, Israel, but has taught in both the U.S. and Europe.

Isabella believes that if you are interested in giving beads a try, she will help you create elegant and unique beadwork jewelry that will most certainly get you noticed. Her designs are wearable and can upgrade every outfit no matter the occasion.

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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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Betty Stephan’s beading classes are focused on learning but, at the same time, relaxed and a lot of fun! Her years of beading experience and the detailed, illustrated instructions provide the guidance needed to finish her beautiful class projects.

Betty has won numerous international awards for her bead embroidery and has been published in several books and publications. She also teaches nationally and exhibits at Fine Craft shows throughout the year.

When not teaching or designing jewelry in her western New York studio, Betty and her husband travel around the country in their RV – fully equipped to bead as she goes!  

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Your 2019 Beaders Dream Retreat

San Diego Class Lineup......

We're looking forward to seeing you in San Diego! 
Betty, Isabella & Beki