Class Offerings

Casablanca

One-day workshop
Intermediate level with proficiency in peyote and netting
Level: intermediate
Technique: peyote, netting

Casablanca is a vibrant, lively and textural necklace reminiscent of a Moroccan marketplace. The bohemian feel of the pendant with fringe adds to the effect. The vessel is formed with structural peyote using a strengthening technique called Pinch-in-the-Ditch and the softly undulating rope is made with alternating netting and peyote stitch. Each color palette is formed from a rectangular tetrad of the color wheel. Students will explore color and texture as well as structural techniques.

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Couture Cuff

One-day workshop
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.

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Feathers (available April 1, 2019)

One-day workshop
Level: intermediate/advanced
Techniques: flat and circular peyote, chenille

Native Americans have a deep connection to feathers. When a feather falls to earth, they believe it carries all of the energy of its former attachment on a bird to a living being. Feathers are perceived as gifts from the sky, the sea and the trees. Feathers arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose as they are inextricably tied to the belief that birds, as spirit guides, walk through different stages of life with a person, teaching and guiding them, and in some instances protecting them.

My friend Betcey Ventrella was my muse for this piece. I have never used a person as a creative direction, but Betcey embodies a unique connection to Planet Bead that I wanted to embrace. The meaning of her name represents “compassion, creativity, reliability, generosity, loyalty and a love. They have a love for the arts and beautiful aesthetics as well as a deep inner desire for travel and adventure. They want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition.”

My Feathers necklace is made with circular peyote creating a unique open sided bezel for the Swarovski stones in the pendant portion and tubular Chenille stitch for the rope. The fringed feathers will help the students understand the inherent issues with flat peyote regarding twists and curling.

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Four Seasons

Four Seasons class offeringsOne-day workshop
Level: intermediate
Techniques: tubular peyote, tubular netting

A long, swinging pendant with lots of pizzazz in the fringe, Four Seasons further explores my Pinch-in-the-Ditch technique. This exploration allows for increased structural ability and strength that creates a strong, hollow barrel of structural peyote supporting twelve strands of beaded rings and Swarovski leaf pendants. A continuous organic rope of four-loop netting blends seamlessly into the top of the barrel.

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Alice Frances

One-day workshop
Level: intermediate/advanced
Technique: peyote, chenille, embellishment

Alice Frances Phillips Osborne
1876 – 1968

Alice Frances is made in the Victorian spirit of my great-grandmother Alice Frances Phillips Osborne – 1876-1968. I have used circular peyote with a layering technique I developed called Pinch-in-the-Ditch to create a brooch style pendant. This allow a stronger and thicker bezel base for a large 30x18mm Swarovwski stone. Chain drapes from the pendant and suspends from a chenille rope accented with Swarovski crystals and pearls.

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Fusion Ring & Bracelet

FusionOne-day workshop
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.

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La Belleza de los Muertos (Bella)

Bella
One-day workshop
Level: intermediate
Techniques: Tubular peyote/Pinch-in-the-Ditch/Chenille

Dia dos Muertos- (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures and celebrated in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Hollow’s Day. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

La Belleza de los Muertos means ‘Beauty of the Dead.” Beautiful sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased and many of the sugar skulls are decorated with flowers meant to symbolize life. The skull symbolizes death but in a positive manner an in Mexico it is believed that death is not the final stage in one’s life but rather a step forward into a higher level of conscience and rebirth.

La Belleza de los Muertos ‘Bella’ is my interpretation of a beaded sugar skull with flower patterns on her and is surrounded by deeply bezeled 14mm Swarovski rivolis. I have used tubular peyote with my Pinch-in-the-Ditch technique for the side flowers and sculptural peyote for the hollow 3D sugar skull.

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Saint Lucia

LuciaOne-day workshop
Level: intermediate/advanced
Techniques: Tubular peyote, chenille stitch

In Italian the meaning of the name Lucia is: Graceful Light. It comes from the Latin word Lux (Light) Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. For many, many years Lucia has brought faith, hope, and a reason to believe in good things to come.

My Lucia necklace is a lantern of Swarovski light made in tubular peyote with my Pinch-in-the-Ditch technique. Strands of delicate fringe hang beneath. The long rope is made with classic Chenille stitch.

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Synchronicity

SynchronicityOne-day workshop
Level: intermediate/advanced
Prerequisite: Peyote, netting

Usually I like to visualize a piece in my mind first and then create it, but this necklace design was born of synchronicity. Synchronicity is a concept which holds that events are meaningful coincidences if they occur with no causal relationship, yet seem to be meaningfully related.

Playing with an 18mm rivoli, the only idea I had in mind as I began was to make something modern. I did not have any specific form ready to translate in beads. Over time I made different parts and pieces here and there while also working on other projects. The necklace began to spontaneously come together one day when I saw the meaningful design connections between the various parts and pieces.

Engineered using Pinch-in-the-Ditch for construction and strength, the center rivoli pendant is an especially significant element as it has no visible external structure. Both designs use the same components and length of chain with an assembly variation to suit your style.