Yesterday, I had the extreme pleasure of spending a full day at Design and Adorn Beading Studio in Tucson, AZ. I taught two full classes.
The first class focused on using beading wire as a component in the design, rather than as a supply. It was the first time that I got to share a new booklet of my designs that Soft Flex Company will be featuring at the Bead and Button Show this year. We completed 3-4 of the 12 earring projects from the booklet. Soft Flex Company sponsored beading wire and booklets for each student.
The second class focused on learning the Russian spiral beading technique to make a bugle bangle bracelet. It is not an easy technique to get started. I felt very accomplished once they were all underway and I could see their bangles taking shape. Soft Flex Company sponsored beading wire and bead stoppers for each student.
Both classes were practice runs for my upcoming Bead and Button Show classes that I will be teaching in about 10 days. All of the students at Design and Adorn were wonderful, patient and eager to learn. I am hopeful that each one walked away having learned a skill that they can now take back to their beading table to create new designs of their own.