Heather Kingsley-Heath is a UK beadwork designer who’s style of work is delicate, richly detailed and infinitely wearable.
Storytelling and history delving are her inspiration, and her beading techniques are a delicious combination of techniques and textures.
Heather has traveled extensively to teach at the Bead & Button show, bead stores and retreat venues in the US; and throughout the UK and Europe.
She is author of several books including Albion Stitch books 1 and 2, and co-author of Tudor Inspirations; her work is featured in numerous books and magazines.
Heather is a kind, patient, lively and inspiring teacher, generous with her design processes and techniques.She lives in the heart of the countryside with her partner and cats, and when not busy beading, loves nothing better than a spot of gardening or a long walk.
Time to get the bead dancing shoes on! A combination of simply beaded shapes including squares, circles and pointed ovals, each embellished with super sparkly 2xAB crystals make ‘Melody’ full of movement and colour.
The shapes have been designed so that they can be linked to make collars, cuff or pendants with an easy to work link that can be placed anywhere on a shape.
Melody is full of variety, you can choose traditional rhythm with a simple repetition of one or two shapes in a regular sequence; or get random with the asymmetry and all the shapes.
This design is suitable for the intermediate beader and uses a combination Peyote stitch, Right Angle Weave and Albion stitch.
Kits will be available in three colourways £65 (approx. $80.40 USD)
Fields of Gold
Beads allow so many options of three-dimensional stitches but sometimes they are difficult to understand or show physical limits, such as nooks and corners, where it is almost impossible to reach with your needle.
This project is completely made in two-dimensional stitches, worked in rows and rounds and still you get a beautiful three-dimensional structure that contains many little sparkling details.
Learn how minimal changes in thread paths and orders of steps change the entire character of a stitch.
Students should be familiar with Right Angle Weave. Skill level is intermediate.
Kit Fee 44.50€ (approx. $48.55 USD)
After doing all kinds of crafting and needle work, Sabine started beading in 2007. Two years later she published her first beading book in Germany, and in 2012, the first book in the United States, "Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies".
She has been published in several magazines in Germany and the States. In 2011, she gave up her job as a physician and became a full-time bead artist. Since then, she is teaching classes in Germany, different European countries, and in the United States. Her work is not based on a particular technique, she is more design orientated, using Peyote, Brick, Right-angle weave, Double RAW stitches and netting, whatever is required to create a certain shape or style.
Beki Haley has been in love with beads for over 50 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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One might guess this necklace got its name from the derivative of Trinity meaning "three" and that is partially true, but really what came to my mind while creating this piece was Trinity County - a place a visited frequently in my childhood with my Mom & Dad. This has been a year of many memories of them and our visits to Trinity County located in the northwestern portion of California. Trinity County is rugged, mountainous, heavily forested, and lies along the Trinity River within the Salmon and Klamath Mountains. It is also one of three counties in California with no incorporated cities. But what I remember most from my childhood were the beautiful pools located in the mountains with the cloud reflecting in the pristine waters and that I felt I could gaze into them and day-dream for hours on end!
The stones in this necklace remind me of those gazing pools.
A beautiful mix of Austrian, Chinese and German stones bezeled simply in Peyote stitch to allow the beauty of each stone to really shine. They'll attached in layers to add dimension to the pendant and then hung from an embellished Herringbone necklace that is both and quick to create!
Kits available in three colorways at $72 each.
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