Class Offerings

Aria

One-day workshop
Level: intermediate
Technique: Peyote and Chenille stitches

In music, an aria is a self-contained piece for one voice. It is a set-piece song for a solo singer in which the character expresses an emotion or ideal.

This crystal laden vintage style necklace makes a strong statement with its streamlined presentation and dynamic change of balance than is normally shown in a lariat style rope. Peyote stitched frames surround the 12mm crystals creating bold fringe while the ornate bezels capture two 18mm Rivoli stones. Chenille stitch ropes pull the crystals and components together for a luxurious necklace.


Bellissima

One-day workshop
Level: intermediate
Technique: peyote

Bellissima means beautiful in Italian. It is the feminine form of the adjective Bella meaning beautiful, but when you add -issima to the end of an adjective in Italian, it intensifies the meaning.

My muse for this project was to make something that was elegant and sophisticated with a large Swarovski stone for visual impact and specific beads for textural effect. The 25x18mm center jewel is made with an open bezel so the color flashes out the sides of the beadwork. Each individual connected arch component is created with odd-count peyote with Pinch-in-the-Ditch and edged with Swarovski crystal beads. The articulated arches flex around your wrist for a comfortable fit.


Contempo

One-day workshop
Level: intermediate
Technique: peyote

Contempo definition – informal contemporary

When designing, I like to start with a general sense of the style I want to achieve. I wanted this design to fit with the modern looking Swarovski 30mm foiled Chessboard circle flat back stone.

Various styles of peyote stitch create Contempo with one side sparkly and the backside beaded to look like a mandala. This versatile piece pairs well with a little black dress or a denim jacket. Jointed ropes add hinges while the sides of the stone show an open weave design.


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.


Feathers

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.


Perla Dulce – available July 2021

One-day intermediate workshop
Techniques: Peyote and Russian Spiral

Perla Dulce (purr-la / duel-say) in Spanish means sweet bead.

Create this elegant and very wearable necklace with peyote stitched bezels and pinch-in-the-ditch with a delicate Russian Spiral rope. The oval faced bezels hold 14mm round rivoli stones connected with Rolo chain accent, adding drape and balance to the three-tiered pendant. The rope uses Delica beads and 15/0 seed beads for a classy, smooth, and subtle look.


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.


Spy Glass

One-day workshop
Level: intermediate
Technique: peyote and chenille

A teleidoscope is a kind of kaleidoscope with a lens and an unobstructed view so it can be used to form kaleidoscopic patterns from objects outside the instrument rather than items installed as part of it. 

I was inspired to make Spy Glass by a teleidoscope I had as a child. By using the facets of two Swarovski 30mm Chessboard flat back unfoiled stones you can look at your world perfectly refracted. Decorative and structural peyote beading between the two stones gives it depth and character while serving as the bezel on its edges. Swarovski crystals accent the rope of Chenille stitch.