Tracy has been teaching beading and wire working techniques for over 20 years. She loves organic elements and brings that into her work.  She rarely plans pieces out, rather allows her self to follow a path and letting things fall together naturally.  Tracy is a big believer in quality tools and solid techniques and enjoys passing this on to her students so that they too can make quality pieces that are structurally sound, creating pieces that they can be proud of.


Check out her book: Making Wire and Bead Jewelry- Artful Wirework Techniques.


Tracy has just opened Wire & Metal Arts Studio in Kirkland Washington, a studio offering classes and open studio times.  For information on when the studio is open and to set up a visit email Tracy at

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Over the past 22 years Beverly has become an expert at a variety of beading techniques which she quickly translated into her own design sensibility.  She has been teaching and sharing her bead knowledge for over 16 years.  She teaches her original designs at bead retreats and classes throughout the South. For 5 years she was faciliator of the New Orleans Bead Bead Society.  Her work has also been published in national bead magazines and books.  You can find more of her designs and patterns in her etsy shop and her website

Heather Powers is the organizer of the Bead Cruise, a popular beadmaker and a jewelry-designer.  Her work has been featured in numerous publications including BeadStyle, Stringing, Bead Trends, Beadwork and more.  Her work has appeared on HGTV's That's Clever and PBS' Beads, Baubles and Jewels.  Heather's first book Jewelry Designs from Nature will be released in September 2011 with Kalmbach Publishing. Heather is also the founder and editor of the blog, The Art Bead Scene that celebrates art beads and inspires those who use them.

You can view Heather's work and learn more at her website:

I have been enchanted with beads ever since my mother gave me a box of broken jewelry when I complained of “nothing to do.”  When I began learning beadweaving stitches in 1994, I found I couldn’t stop, and beading has continued to fascinate me like no other artistic endeavor.  I was lucky to study with inspiring teachers Carol Wilcox Wells, NanC Meinhardt, and Robin Atkins early on, learning much more than beading from them.  Since 1996, I’ve had the great pleasure of teaching students throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, and Columbia. 

Leslie has developed some unique variations of off-loom bead-weaving techniques, including Twisted Ribbon Ndebele and 3-Dimensional Spiraling Ndebele, included in Carol Wilcox Wells’ book, The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving.  She is also well known for her innovative designs using pinch beads, aka three-sided oval beads.  Combining Ndebele stitch and peyote stitch led to the creation of several popular floral and leafy designs.  Recently her work was included in the Lark books, Masters: Beadweaving, Showcase 500 beaded jewelry, and I CAN herringbone.  Beadwork Magazine featured her designs as a Designer of the Year in 2012.

You can view Leslie's work, class schedule and purchases kits at her website:

Beki Haley has been in love with beads for over 40 years now.  She was insroduced to the amazing art form of seed bead weaving her Grandmother when sh was a child.  That early start in exploring the ingtricacy 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 gthat 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.

Training as a classic silversmith at a young age gave Beki an appreciation and understanding of the art and beautiy of jewelry design.  Beki uses those formal skills to teach the technical aspects of jewelry design.  In her classe, the students learn the importance of attention to detail and craftsmanship while exploring their natural creativity.  Her love and beads led Beki to opener own bead store, Out on A Whim, in 1986. With her husband, four children, several animials, and days flled with beads, Beki's life is complete. 

Marcia DeCoster will be joining us as a guest instructor for Bead Cruise 2014. Her work has been featured in many publications including her own book, Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence and as one of Beadwork magazine's Designers of the year.  Marcia has been a master class instructor at Bead & Button and teaches all over the world. Visit Marcia's website for information on upcoming classes and to purchases kits. Visit Marcia's blog for updates and stories of her adventures. 

Erin is an accomplished jewerly designer and bead instructor with a passion for sharing her knowledge, experience and ideas. She loves creating casual, everyday jewelry with rustic, organic materials such as antiqued metals, gemstones and waxed line cord. Erin teaches jewelry-making classes locally as well as nationally.  She is also a regular project contributor for String Magazine and Co-Auther of Bohemian Inspried Jewelry.  Vist her website:

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