In Olde English, the word “cristal” was used to signify high-quality cut glass which was suggestive of a precious gemstone. Vintage crystals create this elegant necklace using peyote stitch for the bezels and
chenille stitch for the rope. Two styles of unique bezeling techniques for the 20mm larger center stone and side 18x13 flat back stones.
Difficulty level is intermediate/Advanced and the stitches used are Peyote Chenille.
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Nancy Cain has been teaching bead classes for over 20 years and for the last 17 years on the international/national circuit teaching in Japan twice, Australia, Germany, and England as well as on several bead cruises from Alaska to the Baltic Sea. She was the 2015 Bead&Button Show Master Class instructor - teaching Engineering Vessels. In her workshop sessions, she shares her passion for structural peyote stitch by delving into the process of designing and structure. With an engineering perspective to beading, she shares the processes so students can enhance their knowledge beyond the specific project.
Nancy has exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hakone Open-Air Museum. She was named Beadwork’s Designer of the Year for 2010 and twice been a Bead Dreams Finalist at the Bead&Button show. She has also been widely published and is in the process of writing a book.
Before her beading hobby grew, Nancy was as a graphic artist and calligrapher as well as a draftsman for an engineering company. She is married with two grown children and lives in Colorado.
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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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This necklace was inspired by the beautiful new etched crystals I've recently discovered. They reminded me a bit of of the beams that radiate off a star in the night sky. Add in the German Compass Stone, which also has radiating beams, and she kept whispering her name to me....Skye
We'll use a fast and fun Right Angle Weave to bezel the crystals and the stone and embellish each one and then attach together in a wavy assembly to add a little charm. The necklace portion is also quick - beaded in Spiral Herringbone with size 8's! You'll be done before you know and moving on to the next colorway!
Difficulty level is intermediate and the stitches used are RAW & Herringbone.
Heart & Soul
Who doesn't love a beaded heart? The Heart and Soul bracelet features a unique twist on the classic CRAW heart. Inspired by ornamental scrollwork, these hearts have extra dimension to their lines and curves to complement bezeled crystal and button components. Stitch the project as-is, or adapt the components into individual pendants.
This piece features a gorgeous Czech glass button surrounded by a pair of elegant hearts. You'll use a combination of peyote and right-angle weave to bezel the button and a pair of chaton crystals, and you'll use cubic and prismatic right-angle weave (CRAW and PRAW) to stitch the scrollwork hearts. This class is appropriate for students who already know CRAW and peyote stitch and who are ready to take these techniques to the next level.
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Cindy Holsclaw has dabbled in crafts for longer than she can remember, but she’s always been most fond of geometric structures. After many years of exploring these mathematical forms in modular origami, in 2006 she learned that these structures could also be made with beads. From then on, she was hooked! In 2009 Cindy started writing patterns for her own beading designs, and in 2012 she dove into designing and teaching beadwork full-time.
With a background in academia and a doctorate in biochemistry, Cindy takes an analytical approach to her design style; she likes exploring different bead shapes and variations on the established beading techniques, and she’s constantly thinking of new ways to put beads together. Biochemistry and mathematics continue to inspire her and often show up in her finished work. As an educator, Cindy challenges her students to learn something new in every class, while giving them the tools they need through her detailed instructions.
In 2015 Cindy was named Designer of the Year by Beadwork Magazine, and a series of her beading videos were published by Interweave in the same year. Cindy teaches her workshops at national and international beading venues, and makes her home in San Diego, California with her husband and daughter. To see more of her work, visit www.beadorigami.com
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