2017 Classes

Our incredible classes have something for everyone in a variety of skill levels.  Our instructors teach all over the world, including at the biggest beading events in the country.  Our cruise focuses on quality classes with innovative designers!


Full-Day and Half-Day Classes

One full-day class and one half-day workshop are included in the Bead Cruise Registration. 

Classes are held at the same time, so you may only choose one for each category. 

Kits are highly recommended for classes, kit prices are subject to change. Kits are purchased directly from instructors.  

Bonus Classes

Our instructors are offering two bonus class sessions.  You can purchase an extra class from section A and/or B for $55.00 each.  Students can pick one class per session. You must be registered as a Bead Cruise Participant to sign-up for the optional class.  


Skill levels
Intermediate - means you have taken other classes to learn the technique or have completed several projects on your own using the required technique. 

Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required - this means you know how to use a needle and thread to do basic beading stitches. 

Beginner/All skill levels - Whether this is your first class or you've been making jewelry for years, you'll enjoy these classes. 

Some projects are time-intensive and will not be finished during class.  Students are given detailed instructions and taught the skills needed to complete a project.  

Early Bird Registration opens April 14th.

General Registration opens April 18th. 


Full Day Classes

Delilah

Delilah

SOLD OUT - Delilah

Instructor: Beki Haley

Skill Level: Intermediate +  Ability to work with size 15º seed beads required.

Technique: Hubble Stitch, Right Angle Weave, Weaving connections

Kit: $83

Class Description: The name Delilah is often associated with an amorous, delightful, languishing, temptress.  I am hoping this holds true for this project!  There are adaptations of Hubble Stitch as well as Right Angle Weave to capture sparkling Swarovski Stones and Chatons with each beaded element attached to the next with accent beads.  Easy adaptations can be made for sizing.  And hopefully the techniques will inspire you to make further adaptations to incorporate in to your own designs.

Required Tools: 


Felting and Embellishing Small Objects

Felting and Embellishing Small Objects

SOLD OUT! Felting and Embellishing Small Objects, rules out the window!

Instructor: Gail Crosman Moore

Skill Level: This class is for everyone, no particular skill level required. As with most things, you explore at what ever level you are experiencing.

Technique: Felting, bead embroidery

Kit: $40. Includes- wool fleece, a selection of sequins, seed beads, Italian roving, needle, nymo and findings. I will provide tools.

Class Description: In this Full day class we will be wet felting small objects that we will then free form embellish with seed beads and sequins. Covered will be considerations in finishing fine craft, color and texture exploration, sewing tricks and embellishment ideas.

Required Tools: Students need to bring a shoebox size Tupperware container, scissors and a bath towel. (Bring a towel from your cabin.)


Prancing Peacock Necklace

Prancing Peacock Necklace

Prancing Peacock Necklace

Instructor: Jayashree Paramesh

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

Technique: Ndebele Herringbone, square, peyote and other stitches.

Kit: $95

Class Description: Prancing Peacock Necklace features a stylized graceful peacock in rich blue-green Swarovski Crystals, Czech beads and seed beads. Small, dimensional beaded components in crystals and seed beads are stitched together to form a glittering display of peacock feathers. The rope is embellished with feather motif reflecting the colors of the peacock. Length: 24” long without pendant. Pendant size: 4”x3”. Several types of beads and crystals have been used to create this necklace with texture, depth and dimension. Seed beads vary in size depending upon the finish and brand. Therefore, using a kit will produce the best result.

Required Tools: Needles, fireline, other supplies not included.

 


Groovy Cuffs and Pendants

Groovy Cuffs and Pendants

Groovy Cuffs and Pendants

Instructor: Eva Sherman

Skill Level: All 

Technique: Polymer Clay

Kit: $50 (includes all clay, 2 cuff blanks, 3 pendant blanks, optional bezels & cabochons, resin, and the use of selected tools)

Class Description: Tap your inner 60's psychedelic chick vibe using a simple polymer clay technique combined with pre-made metal components. We will be using a technique similar to Mokume Gane which is a traditional Japanese method for laminating various colors of metals together and manipulating them to create patterns that resemble wood or stone patterns. Polymer clay lends itself perfectly to this technique. Layers of clay are manipulated with rubber stamps and texture sheets, inserted into a pre-made bezel or cuff blank, and sliced to reveal the pattern. The clay is then "cooked" in a toaster oven. Students may choose to seal the pendants in resin and add additional color, dimension, and texture by layering another pre-made bezel into the resin. All levels are welcome and no experience is required.

Required Tools: Small pasta maker


Half Day Classes

Imperial Garden

Imperial Garden

Imperial Garden

Instructor: Beki Haley

Skill level: Intermediate - Ability to work with size 15° seed beads.

Technique: Cubic Right Angle Weave, Right Angle Weave, Branched Fringe

Kit: $65

Class Description: Create a beautiful and structured Embellished Cubic Right Angel Weave "frame" that will then be filled with gorgeous beads, RAW bezelled Chatons and strategically placed branched fringe. Homework required.

Please note: this class requires homework to be complete before the cruise to create the CRAW frame of the bracelet. Instructions will be provided. 

Required Tools:


Peyote Ruffle

Peyote Ruffle

Peyote Ruffle, A Survey of Stitching in the Ditch

Instructor: Gail Crosman Moore

Skill level: Advanced Beginner.  It is helpful if students are comfortable with needle and thread and understand the basics of peyote stitch.

Technique: Beading - Peyote Stitch

Kit: $50, to include a brass blank, soft flex, crimp beads, needle, thread and beads in a variety of sizes. We will be using 6’s, 8’s, 11’s, possibly 15’s or small magatamas for the finishing edge.

Class Description: In this 1/2 day class Students will lay down a grounding wire into the ditch of one of these brass blanks and Peyote Ruffle their way around to create a stand up sinuous riot of color and texture.

Required Tools:


Sweetest Song

Sweetest Song

Sweetest Song

Instructor: Heather Powers

Skill level: All

Technique: Metalwork and wirework

Kit: $45

Description: Students will learn how to cut and prepare metal blanks, discover how to 'sketch' images on metal with wire and hammers, (don't worry templates are provided, no drawing skills are needed.). Discover how to hand-color metal with a patina and dye system. 

Students will create the necklace in class, directions for the bracelet are included. 

Required tools: steel bench block, ball peen hammer, metal shears (Eurotool Metal Shears with spring are suggested), wire cutters, round nose pliers and two chain nose pliers.

Optional tools: metal files, metal hole punch. riveting hammer


Perfect Storm Wire Cuff

Perfect Storm Wire Cuff

Perfect Storm Wire Cuff

Instructor: Eva Sherman

Skill Level: All

Technique: Wire

Kit: $25 (includes all wire, focal beads, patina, and the use of selected tools)

Class Description: Create consistency out of chaos by looping parallel wires to make a wire cuff base. The cuff will feature a focal of genuine turquoise, or 2000 year old recycled Roman glass. Students will learn to manipulate wire using a free form looped wire technique, and how to make an organic looking wire bezel.

Required Tools: Oval Steel bracelet mandrel, rawhide or plastic mallet.


Painted Lily Necklace

Instructor: Jayashree Paramesh

Skill level: Advanced Beginner. Must be familiar with beadweaving with seed beads.

Technique: Square stitch, ladder, picot and other stitches.

Kit: $35.00,Includes Size 15 seed beads gold,  Size 11 seed beads gold, Size 11 seed beads green, Mini duos matte gold, Super duos topaz iris, Firepolish rounds honeydew, Honeycomb beads purple, Honeycomb beads navy, Czech rounds 6mm Purple Iris, 2 jumprings, Clasp toggle or any other

Class Description: Painted Lily Necklace was inspired by Monet’s famous “Water Lilies” paintings. As the morning fog lifts on the beautiful ponds and lakes, barely-there hues of water and the blooming water lilies take on a misty sweet color palette which is intensified by the rising sun. This delicate and feminine necklace has many components that look like water lilies in a beaded frame. Project will not be completed in class. Students will learn how to combine the new honeycomb 2-hole beads with mini-duos, super-duos and other beads to make a beautiful necklace.  

Required Tools: Size 12 beading needle, Fireline thread 4lb wt or Nanofil, Scissors, Thread burner, Pliers for attaching clasp

Supply List: #12 beading needles, beading mat, beading thread, fireline 6 lb test, wax, pen, reading glasses, scissors, task lamp, zappers.

 


Optional Class A

Sea Pods

Sea Pods

Sea Pods

Instructor: Heather Powers

Skill Level:  All

Technique: Polymer Clay, wirework

Kit: $15 materials fee, optional earring kits will be $5 -$20

Class Description: Create a collection of tide pool inspired headpins using polymer clay and inks. We'll created several different styles of headpins, sculpting the clay and getting creating with surface treatments. The class will end with instructions on how to use headpins in jewelry designs and optional earring kits will be available.

Required Tools: A scuptling stylus, round and chain nose pliers and wire cutters. Recommend stylus: http://www.amazon.com/Vktech-Polymer-Ceramics-Sculpting-Modeling/dp/B00BYPNPSY


Island Blooms

Island Blooms

SOLD OUT - Island Blooms

Instructor: Beverly Herman

Skill Level: All 

Technique: bead embroidery

Kit: TBA

Class Description: Hip and Chic! Bead embroider a bohemian influenced flower with a Swarovski pearls as the center. An underlining row of surface embellishments brings dimension to the petals. Add a trendy look to your beadwork with a leather bracelet. 

Required Tools: 


Trifecta

Trifecta

Trifecta

Instructor: Beki Haley

Skill Level: Intermediate

Technique: Modified Herringbone, Modified Right Angle Weave

Kit: $38

Class Description: Fanciful embellished chatons create three perfect flowers to sit atop a versatile SuperDuo base. This pretty bracelet has various design options and will give you the skills to create several different pieces of jewelry from the same elements and rope base. 

Required Tools: 


Optional Class B

Warped Squares: Black and White Enhanced

Warped Squares: Black and White Enhanced

Warped squares: Black and White Enhanced

Instructor: Gail Crosman Moore

Skill Level: Intermeditate

It is helpful for students to be familiar with needle and thread, Ndbele and Peyote stitch.

Technique: Ndbele and Peyote Stitch

Kit: $30 Includes size 10 Delicas, needle and thread, earwires or pendant silver, use of tools.

Class Description: In this 1/2 day class students will explore the delight of sewing beads together with the idea of getting them into the 3rd dimension through increases. We will be using size 10 delicas, I will have a few base color choices with the idea of Black and White framing our 'Warps', Ndbele and Peyote stitches will be used.

Required Tools:


Cobblestone Bracelet

Instructor: Jayashree Paramesh

Skill Level: Advanced beginner. Must be familiar with beadweaving with seed beads.

Technique: Ladder and fringe stitches mostly.

Kit: $35, Includes: wheel beads, O beads, seed beads, clasp. Kit will be available in at least 3 colors.

Class Description: A luxurious path of wheelbeads, topped with O beads, provides great texture and interest in this trendy and fun bracelet. Cobblestone Bracelet will pair nicely with most casual outfits and is easy to make! Length: 7” long approximately, adjustable. Project will not be completed in class. Students will learn how to use the new Czech bead called wheel beads horizontally to produce interesting results.

Required Tools: #12 beading needles, beading mat, beading thread, fireline 6 lb test, wax, pen, reading glasses, scissors, task lamp, zappers.


Gypsy Woman Cuff

Instructor: Eva Sherman

Skill Level: All

Technique: Cold Connecting

Kit: $25 (includes all textured wire, rivets, patina, and the use of selected tools)

Class Description: Create the look of multiple bangles without the jangle! In this class students will cold connect pre-textured copper wires and make 2 cuffs; or one cuff and one pendant.

Required Tools: Oval steel bracelet mandrel, steel block, rawhide or plastic mallet, chasing hammer

Gypsy Woman Cuff

Gypsy Woman Cuff