Class Offerings

A Pinch of Class

A Pinch of ClassOne-day class
Prerequisites: Circular peyote bracelet and odd-count flat peyote earrings
Level: Bracelet – high beginner/intermediate
Level: Earrings – intermediate/advanced

This bracelet and earring set is made using my newest technique I call, Pinch-in-the-Ditch. Regular Stitch-in-the-Ditch causes the beads to make a 90-degree angle, while the new Pinch-in-the-Ditch causes a 45-degree angle. The bracelet is made with a ring component in circular peyote while the more complex earring explores the technique with odd-count flat peyote.

The dressy earrings are lightweight, comfortable and have a channel embellished with 2mm Swarovski round crystals. The bracelet can be dressy or casual and can be stacked with other bangle


Celestial Crown

Celestial_Crown_classOne-day class
Level: intermediate/advanced
Technique: peyote, embellishment, stringing

This peyote stitched pendant reminds me of a heraldic crown having rays like an antique crown with a star at the end of each ray. I have engineered four bezelled 14mm Swarovski Rivoli stones to project out from four interconnected arms. Finish off the top and bottom of the component with two fabulous 18mm large-hole briolette crystal beads. This long and playful pendant, suspended from an elegant strand of pearls interspersed with bicone crystals, is fun to play with!


Couture Cuff

Couture_class_offeringsOne-day class
Level: intermediate/advanced
Prerequisite: Odd count flat Peyote

Couture: High Fashion Design, Haute, Attention to Detail, Sophisticated, Elegant, Custom-made.

In the style of expensive, fashionable, and hand sewn couture clothing, we are able to create our own high fashion custom accessories with beads, crystals and time invested in attention to detail.

Couture Cuff is a beautifully sophisticated statement piece handcrafted in structural peyote. The structure of the cuff’s channel is stitched with an inventive technique that I developed called Pinch-in-the-Ditch.

The reward of taking time to handcraft the Couture Cuff is a magnificent display of beads and crystals, so comfortable to wear and beautiful to behold on the wrist.


Fusion Ring & Bracelet

FusionOne-day class
Level: intermediate/advanced
Technique: peyote, embellishment

This watch style piece is built from two separate components designed a year apart that have been fused together. The key is keeping all of your ‘bead bits’ in a bowl for future use! The individual components are engineered with Peyote stitch and built in stages allowing the underside to have a fun peek-a-boo of embellishment. It is created from the outside-in and the inside-out alternately using the working  and tail threads. You can make a bangle bracelet just using the square Puffy Links or a ring of just the center component.


Knick Knack Necklace

Knick Knack NecklaceOne-day class
Level: intermediate
Prerequisite: Peyote

Knick Knack is a lariat style necklace suspended from a square knot. Individual, structural and whimsical components hang from each side of the lariat as well as two Limited Edition Swarovski crystals with 3mm drill holes for internal accents.  The components are made with my newest technique called Pinch-in-the-Ditch which increases the structure of a piece and creates a 45 degree angle off existing bead work.  These individual components work well as earrings or bracelet charms.


Lantern Jewel

Lantern-Jewel-class-offeringsOne-day class
Level: intermediate/advanced
Technique: peyote and netting

Lantern Jewel is a classy bolo style necklace. The Lantern component is a 3-dimensional hollow hexagonal shape made with peyote stitch. The Slide can move up and down the ropes to suit your clothing neckline. The Lantern suspends on a slightly sculptural spiraling netted rope. The size of the Lantern and the texture of the rope are what hold the slide in place. The class focuses on engineering hollow 3D structures, thread tension and use of math in designing structured shape.


Mezzaluna - Earrings & Pendant

Mezzaluna Earrings and PendantOne-day class
Level: intermediate
Technique: tubular and flat peyote, embellishment

Mezzaluna is crescent or half-moon in Italian. The crescent earrings are flirtatious and fun, created from experimenting with my Vessel No. 1 components. Design discussions include how to take an existing structure and learning how to create out-of-the-box design ideas from one project to the next. The pendant is an elegantly simple full-moon with a 12mm pearl in the center suspending from a rope of tubular peyote.


Sea Flower

Sea FlowerOne-day class
Level: intermediate/advanced
Prerequisite: Peyote stitch

The elegant Sea Flower necklace is reminiscent of sea urchins and anemones of ocean tide pools. Learn a new technique I developed called Pinch-in-the-Ditch. It is related to stitch-in-the-ditch but with a new twist. Create structural shapes around three 14mm Swarovski rivoli stones with seed beads and circular peyote stitch. The central rivoli is double encased and made with the Pinch-in-the-Ditch technique.  The rope is tubular peyote with gentle undulations. This Pinch-in-the-Ditch technique has multiple uses and applications well beyond this project.


Vessel No. 1

Vessel No. 1One-day class
Level: intermediate
Technique: peyote, embellishment, stringing

Vessel No. 1 was the inspiration piece for my Bead&Button Show Master Class on engineering 3-dimensional vessel design. It is a hollow piece with interior embellishments for a visual surprise as well as creating additional support. Vessel No. 1 is an elegant, statement piece with gold chain gracing the bottom.

Design, balance and proportion as well as structure techniques are discussed throughout the piece and understanding 3D peyote work. The 3 rings are vertically stacked with 6mm pearl internal structure support if needed while the bottom ring is surfaced embellished. Swinging chain drops around a central crystal fringe strand. This is complex looking but not complex in structure that is fun and relatively quick to make.