If you have never tried working with Soutache or need a refresher this is the class for you. We will cover what Soutache is, the different kinds of Soutache and how to stack, align and stitch through the Soutache ribbon. The class project will introduce you to a simple technique called, “The Lollypop”. Other techniques covered in the class will be joining, how to put on an ultra suede backing and edge beading your work. (Project may not be completed in class) 3 1/2 hour class.
Below is a listing of some of the recent classes we have offered at BeadBush Studio.
- Bead Weaving Techniques with Seed Beads
- Color, Design and Clay
- Stringing, Knotting and Fiber
- Wire, Metal and Chain Maille
This free 2 hour class has been designed to help you plan and start a Patchwork Cuff. The cuff using a flat peyote technique works up fast once you get started. Each cuff you make will be unique and special.
You must know how to do a flat even count peyote before you take the class.
These bead embroidery classes are focused on supporting your journey in creating your own style of bead embroidery. You’ll explore creating your own pieces using your choice of a variety of materials and techniques. With practice and exploration you’ll be creating bead embroidery that speaks to you and of you.
Topics to be covered: designing, preparation of foundation, material choices, embroidery stitches, techniques using soutache, fabric, ribbons, cabochons, shaping techniques, finishing/edging techniques, and more. You’ll create the item of your choice–pin, pendant, collar, cuff, etc.
This is a three session class– 2 hours each session. The second and third class scheduled times can be changed if needed.
This delightful faux freeform cuff is created using a regular netting technique. Choose your own colors, beads sizes and shapes to construct the contours and texture you want. What variety you can create by using different colors and bead shapes. This is a piece to just have fun with….and making it will put a smile on your face! You’ll need several cuffs in a variety of colors. Three hour class,
This class will expose the absolute beginner to working with glass. Learning basic cutting, layering, firing and finishing of several small pieces, one should expect to leave the class after day 2 with a small cast piece, and several pieces made from sheet glass. Handouts will include technique information, a tool list for future work with the medium, a list of vendors to purchase glass from, both locally and online, and technical information on firing schedules. There will be discussion about how a kiln works, and how to make decisions regarding firing.
This is an approximately 2 1/2 hour class. Pieces created can be picked up within a few days of firing.
This class will look at some of the ‘tricks’ that our brains and eyes play on our on perception. We’ll have some fun looking at different trompe l’oeil devices in color and design and analyzing how they work from the artist’s as well as the observer’s perspectives. 2 1/2 hours.
Have you ever looked at a painting, a swatch of fabric, a collage, or a patch of beadwork and thought, “Well, those colors just don’t do it for me!” This session will provide a framework for analyzing how colors interact. We will also try to figure out why some colors or color combination just feel ‘wrong,’ then consider what (if anything!) we can do change the way that we look at these ‘ugly’ colors and control the effect that they have on our work…at least on our beadwork! 2 1/2 hour class.
This class will investigate how color communicates messages, evokes predictable reactions and affects our moods and our emotions. We will look at color from a number of different perspectives including cultural, physical, physiological and psychological. And we will consider how we can use color in our beading or other artwork to set a tone, communicate a message, or evoke a response. This 2.5 hour class is fun and surprisingly thought-provoking!
Color Awareness is a pre-requisite for this class.
This workshop, Integrating Color and Design, will increase your understanding if color as you explore more complex color relationships including….triads, tetrads, split and compounds. This session will also encourage exploration of ways that use color coordinated design elements to define and enhance the impact of your pieces. This workshop is one of four applied color and design workshops. You may take the four workshops in any order. The two prerequisites for this class are Designing with Beads and Color Awareness.
In this class we will explore the contrasts that are traditionally associated with color…hue, value, temperature, complements, saturation, proportion as well as the fascinating properties of simultaneous contrast. We will consider the qualities of each contrast, identify their characteristics and determine how we can use these contrasts to make our work stronger and more interesting.