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.
Rising Sun Bracelet
This striking bracelet takes its structural inspiration from Art Nouveau era jewelry. The sun and half-suns are created using a unique combination of stitches. Techniques include peyote stitch, right-angle weave, and herringbone. Proficiency in all three techniques is a prerequisite for this workshop.
Sagrada Familia Necklace
Designed for this year's Beadventure to Barcelona, this elegant necklace takes it's form and structure directly from the architecture of Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia Church. Techniques include right-angle weave, herringbone, and peyote stitch. Proficiency in all three stitches is strongly recommended for this workshops.
Passion Flower Necklace
This ornate necklace takes its inspiration from the beautiful passion flower plant. These unique floral forms are meticulously recreated in 3-dimensional beadwork. Each flower is constructed using one continual piece of thread and by utilizing a combination of stitches including right-angle weave, herringbone, peyote stitch and fringing. Proficiency in all four techniques is a prerequisite for this workshop.
"Thistle Dew" Necklace
This stunning necklace features three thistle flowers suspended from a beaded ring. There dimensional combination stitching is used to create the spiky thistle structures and Swarovski pave beads beautifully complement the flower form. The neck strap is constructed using chenille stitch with Toho's new "demi" beads. Proficiency in right-angle weave, peyote stitch, herringbone stitch and chenille stitch is a prerequisite for this workshop.
Modern Medieval Bracelet
This unique dimensional bracelet fuses modern and medieval jewelry aesthetics. The intricately beaded domed structures are reminiscent of the fine detail of medieval work while the crystal spike beads add an element of modern day style. Combination stitching is used to incorporate right angle weave, peyote stitch and herringbone all into a single element. Proficiency in all three stitches is a prerequisite for this workshops.
Deco Daze Necklace
This distinctly Deco design, with it's rectangular form and cascading rhinestones provides a lesson in geometric construction as well as a stunning necklace that recalls one of the most glamorous eras in modern fashion history. Techniques include peyote stitch, herringbone stitch and chenille stitch. Proficiency in herringbone and peyote stitch (including odd flat count) is strongly recommended for this workshop.