Saturday, January 24, 2009

GET SCHOOLED: Beading with Rachel Nelson-Smith (February 2009)

Bead Junction is proud to present this exclusive set of classes with Rachel Nelson-Smith. For more information, click the link to each individual class.

Lekku Necklace turquoise
Lekku Necklace in Turquoise by Rachel Nelson-Smith

Shiloh Necklace Class

Learn to bend and embellish these sensationally simple wire components to make this sparkling necklace. Use glass, gemstones, or crystals or a mix of them all. Student must be able to create basic 20-gauge loops and wrapped 24-gauge loops unassisted.

Marquis Component Necklace Class

Copper wired and gold beaded marquis components are wired and linked together with bold chain, accented by sparkling dangles.

Lekku Necklace Class


Embellish with increasing beads over a netting base and learn to incorporate a small amount of basic wirework into beadwork for added stability. The combination of various techniques come together to form a beautifully draping neck piece.

Beon Freo Cuff Class

With the guidance of a master beadweaver, spend a whole day exploring the art of beading freely and answering the question "what if?". Bring your open mind and participate in explorative exercises to boost creativity and begin to think differently beginning with this project. Discuss possibilities for your piece including components and overall feel, assembly and finishing. Written directions for the base, fringe, and several components are provided. Knowledge of any variation of at least two of the following stitches is required: herringbone, peyote, brick and right-angle weave. Pre-work assignment which consists of creating the cuff base with any stitch you desire is provided in advance of class.

Link to class on Bead Junction site.

Ootheca Cuff Class

Bead weaving and a small amount of basic wire working come together in a stunningly cratered double-sided cuff. Student must be able to work right-angle weave and peyote stitch unassisted. Detailed, photographed step-by-step instructions included. Pre-work required, small section of right angle weave base required, instructions are available for both those who know right angle weave well and those that need practice.

Link to class on Bead Junction site.

Rachel Nelson-Smith recently been published in the new Lark book Masters: Beadweaving.

More about Rachel: www.msrachel.com