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    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.
  • road show

    Road Show Schedule

    This road show schedule only reflects upcoming workshops within this calendar year. Future scheduled workshops beyond this time are not necessarily listed. To get more information about, or to sign up for any of these workshops, please contact the venue directly using the contact information provided below.

    2018 Workshop Schedule

    September 8th, 2018: CTBS Bead Bazaar, Middletown, CT
    Participating Vendor at the Connecticut Bead Society Bead Bazaar
    44 Maynard Street, Middletown, CT 06457
    For more information, please visit:

    September 15th, 2018: Turquoise String Beads, Fall River, MA
    Fuchsia Lariat Necklace
    For more information, please call: 508.677.1877

    November 9th, 10th & 11th, 2018: Albuquerque Bead Retreat, Albuquerque, NM
    Rising Sun Bracelet
    Fuchsia Lariat Necklace
    Sagrada Familia Necklace
    Workshops are sold out but please email Shonda at if you would like to be added to the wait list

    December 8th, 2018: Turquoise String Beads, Fall River, MA
    All New Leaf Necklace
    For more information, please call: 508.677.1877

  • free patterns

    Free patterns

    Over the years I have issued free patterns as a holiday gift to my newsletter subscribers. If you've missed out on any of these, I've put up PDF versions which you can download and print. You can access these links by clicking on the pattern name beneath the photograph.

    Star Flower Lariat (holiday pattern 2017)

    Earrings for All Seasons (Holiday Pattern 2016)

    Sparkling Snowflake Earrings (holiday Pattern 2015)

    Snowflake Earrings (holiday pattern 2013)

    Icicle Necklace (holiday pattern 2012)

    Mistletoe Earrings (holiday pattern 2011)

    Let it Snow Necklace (holiday pattern 2010)

    Winter Berry Burst Ring (holiday pattern 2009)

    Candelabrum Earrings (holiday pattern 2008)

    Poinsettia Bracelet (holiday pattern 2007)

    Berry Burst Bracelet (holiday pattern 2006)

    Magatama Spiral Necklace (2007)

    In addition to the free holiday patterns, I've also donated patterns to the Beadworkers Guild in the UK in support of National Beading Week. Below you'll find photos of these projects. If you click on the pattern name, you will be redirected to the Beadworkers Guild site where you can down load these patterns for free.

    Component Based Designs (2017)

    Deco Triangle Earrings (2016)

  • publications



    Laura has published two books through publishers:

    Creating Crystal Jewelry with Swarovski: 65 Sparkling Designs with Crystal Beads and Stones (Creative Publishing International, 2008)

    Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving: Jewelry Lavished with Fringe, Fronds, Lacework & More
    (Lark Books, 2010)

    Both books contain extensive information about materials and techniques used in beadweaving along with many projects and applications for the knowledge contained therein. While not available for purchase through this site, both books can be purchased from amazon or through your local book seller.

    Self-Published Books
    In addition to her commercially published books, Laura also self publishes books with Blurb. These books must be ordered directly from and cannot be ordered through this website. To link directly to Laura's bookstore at Blurb,
    Click here.

    Outside the Box (Blurb, 2013)

    This self-published 150 page book offers a unique insight into the mind of the artist. Alongside More than 100 images of work spanning 20 years are recollections of a personal evolution and one artist's vision of the creative process.

    Magazine publications

    Laura's work has been featured in numerous magazines throughout the past 18 years. Below is a list of all of those articles. While many are now out of print, several of these periodical back issues are still available.

    Press & Publications:

    -Spring 2018, Beadworker's Guild Journal, artist profile

    -June, 2011, "Elizabethan Earrings" (how-to article), Bead & Button Magazine

    2011, Bead Magazine (UK), feature profile

    2010, Perlen Poesie Magazine (issue #6), feature profile

    April, 2010, "Ropes and Rings Bracelet" (how-to article), Bead & Button Magazine

    April, 2010, Bead & Button Magazine, feature profile

    2010, Designer of the Year for Beadwork Magazine (one article in each of 6 issues for 2010)

    2007, Ornament Magazine, feature profile (Winter 2006/2007 issue)

    October, 2006, Front Cover, Bezeled Cabochons (how-to article), Bead & Button Magazine

    Spring, 2006, Elle Accessories Magazine

    October 2005, Your Work, Bead & Button Magazine

    2004, Bead Dreams Annual, Bead & Button Magazine

    Summer, 2003, Artist's Statement, Ornament Magazine

    October, 2003, Your Work, Bead & Button Magazine

    2003, Front Cover, Bead Dreams Annual, Bead & Button Magazine

    Summer, 2003, Artist's Statement, Ornament Magazine

    April, 2003, "Expand Your Memory" (how-to article), Bead & Button Magazine

    April 1, 2003, "Let It Bead" (artist profile), The Westerly Sun

    December, 2002, "Just Let Laura Bead" (artist profile), Beadwork Magazine

    October 2002, "Faery Vine Necklace" (how-to article), Beadwork Magazine

    July 2002, Facets, Lapidary Journal

    June 2002, Facets, Lapidary Journal

    April 2002, Up Close, Beadwork Magazine

    June 2001, Up Close, Beadwork Magazine

    November 5, 2000, Northeast Magazine, The Hartford Courant

    October 2000, Your Work, Bead & Button Magazine

    February 2000, Your Work, Bead & Button Magazine