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Beki Haley

Harmony

Defined as an internal calm or tranquility.  Or an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative.  Harmony also relates to music - the combination of different musical notes played or sung at the same time to produce a pleasing sound. 

As I worked on creating this necklace, from a very vivid dream, I couldn't help but feel harmonious with the project.  While it did cause me a bit of engineering grief, when completed I felt I had learned some new things I could pass along to my students - but overall I felt "in tune" with the vision in my dream.  A lovely feeling for sure.

Harmony has a decorative Peyote bezel around a rather large German engraved stone that also sports a fancy custom coating.  Then begins the Cubic Right Angle Weave - a place of pure meditative bliss for me.  I'm trying to get you to join me there! There are some fun, yet simple techniques for curling the ends and joining the flowing CRAW sections.  And then securing it for wear with some Peyote bezelled Rivoli and some luscious pearls. 


Two more colorway options are in the works!


Kit - $95-$136

Katalin Budainé Nagy


Kashmir


Paisley is one of my favourite patterns. Incredibly diverse, paisleys can be simple or ornate, and are seen often as a stand-alone design, or as one of the most effective elements in dressing up or filling out a more complicated design. Paisleys symbolize abundance, fertility, and good luck.


There will be three colorways, one antique, one romantique and one in Indian mood.

Let us make this Kashmir project together in San Francisco!

Kit - $110



My name is Katalin Budainé Nagy, alias BéKata.

I live in Budapest, Hungary. I have always loved all kinds of creativity, in my younger years I was sewing, drawing and painting for years. I graduated as an interior designer in my early thirties, where I studied art history, chromatics, drawing and furniture history amongst other subjects. I enjoyed those years very much, these studies developed my creativity and designing skills. I turned to jewelry making 15 years ago, at first I worked with wire, but that was not for me. Then I started beadweaving, but it was not satisfying enough either, I felt I could not fly high enough. So I decided to try bead embroidery… When I saw the American and Russian ladies’ artworks, I felt I had arrived in my own creative world… I am continuously learning new techniques, looking for new materials, tools, I love mixed media, and my new love is polymer clay. It is huge fun to combine these two techniques, the result is always a completely unique piece of art. I have been teaching bead embroidery in Hungary for 4 years, in the biggest beadshop of Budapest.

My personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/budaikata
My jewelry Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bekatajewels/
My Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/budaikata?ref=si_shop
My blog: http://bekataekszer.blogspot.com/

Throughout my life, I have always needed a creative outlet. I have played with many different types of media’s and loved them all. The media that really captured my heart and inspired my creative soul is seedbeads! There is just something alluring and special about those little bits of colored glass that I cannot resist. I love the challenge of designing with seedbeads using off-loom beading techniques. So many colors, textures and shapes! So many ways to express yourself with beads.

I been teaching my designs nationally for the past seventeen years. It is my hope that students will be inspired by what they have learned in class and continue to do beadwork and enjoy it as much as I do.

My designs have been featured for the Bead and Button show, published in the Bead and Button magazine, used for Swarovski new product lines and in Larks Showcase 500 Jewelry Book.


Website: www.beadsandi.com

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.

Learn more about Beki from her Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/beki.haley

Contact me at: info@BeadersDreamRetreat.com

Kimberly Stathis


Equilateral Necklace


The Pendant for the necklace is made up of two different sized bezeled Equilateral triangular crystal stones.  The larger embellished triangular crystal stone makes up the bottom of the pendant and connects to the top smaller triangular crystal stone. Ladder stitch loops and beaded beads connect together to form the necklace strap. Length is added to the Necklace Strap using a beautiful twisted Herringbone rope. A lovely beaded button and loop is used for the Necklace closure.

Stitches used – Peyote Stitch, Netting Stitch, Ladder Stitch and Twisted Herringbone Stitch

Skill Level – Intermediate – Students need to know how to do the above mentioned stitches and have finished several off-loom beadwork projects.


Kit - $130