Laura offers a range of
workshops in a variety of topics. Most
workshops are project oriented and students will study the techniques necessary
to complete the appointed design. Master
classes are also available. These focus
on the creative process and the development of technical and design skills
rather than a specific project. Below
you will find the photos and description of all the workshops currently
scheduled to be taught. For more details
on dates, times and registration, please visit the Road Show Schedule.
Workshop descriptions and photos . . .
Fuchsia Lariat Necklace
This elegant lariat necklace features three stunning, highly sculptural fuchsia flowers. Combination stitching and unique assembly techniques result in these life-like beaded wonders of nature. Techniques include peyote stitch, right-angle weave, herringbone and chenille stitch. Proficiency in all four stitches is strongly recommended for this workshops.
Mid-Summer Night's Necklace
The dragonfly is an iconic creature associated with transformation, prosperity and harmony and one who's presence is weak acknowledged as a sign that Mid-Summer is upon us. This elegant yet whimsical necklace features seven beaded dragonflies set atop beaded triangles and connected with delicate flower forms. Stitches include peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, right angle weave and combination stitching. Proficiency in all stitches is highly recommended.
"X Marks the Spot" Necklace & Earrings
There's nothing like a good old treasure hunt and this one will lead you to a stunning necklace and earring set! The unique X structure is build using 3-D beading techniques that utilize herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, and right angle weave. The elegant neck strap is comprised of herringbone and chenille stitch. Workshop instructions cover construction of both the necklace and the earrings. Proficiency in herringbone, peyote stitch, right angle weave and chenille is highly recommended.
Dahlia Daze Necklace
There's nothing like a dinner plate dahlia on a summer afternoon and that's exactly where this necklace found it's inspiration. The elaborate 3-D dahlias are perched atop beaded triangles. By using combination beading techniques and color graduation when stitching, these flowers are true likenesses to their natural counterparts. An alternative 3 flower necklace design is also included with workshop instructions. Proficiency in herringbone, peyote stitch and chenille (if opting for the 3-flower alternative) is highly recommended.
Sparkling Stones Bracelet
This lovely, deco inspired bracelet features Swarovski's sparkling crystal mesh and stunning chatons. The bezeled stone components have a backside layer that features a sparkling crystal bead. The crystal mesh components utilize a unique method for stitching this fabulous crystal "fabric" to a peyote stitch base. Techniques include peyote stitch, herringbone stitch and right-angle weave. Proficiency in all three stitches is highly recommended.
Celtic Knot Cuff Bracelet
The elegance and symmetry of Celtic knot work design is captured in a 3-D fashion in this lovely leather cuff bracelet. Delicate precious metal plated charlottes, beautiful stone cabochons and facetted gemstone beads capture the rich aesthetic of medieval era jewelry. Techniques include herringbone stitch, peyote stitch and bead embroidery on leather. Proficiency in herringbone and peyote stitches is highly recommended.
True Blue Necklace
The stunning bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and with its vibrant blues and greens, lends itself perfectly to a stunning beadwork design. My most complete floral structure workshop to date, this design features bluebonnet flowers, each constructed using innovative combination stitching, then attached to the stem which is extended out into a neck strap. These flower forms can be used as a single cluster necklace, a two cluster lariat, or both can be combined to create a stunning 3 cluster neck bouquet! Techniques include herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, and chenille stitch, Proficiency in all three stitches is highly recommended.