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  • workshops


    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.
  • 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.

    2020 Workshop Schedule

    January 18th, 2020: Turquoise String Beads, Fall River, MA
    Workshop to be decided.
    For more information, please call: 508.677.1877

    June 12th through 14th, 2020: Nova Scotia Bead Retreat
    Details coming soon . . .

    June 26th through 28th, 2020: Queen City Bead Retreat, Pleasanton, KS
    Workshops to be decided.
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    July 23rd through 26th, 2020: Beads on the Vine, San Luis Obispo, CA
    Lightness of Being Necklace
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    August 13th through 16th, 2020: Bead Soup, Savage, MD
    Workshops to be decided.
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    August 27th through 30th, 2020: Rocky Mountain Bead Society, Denver, CO
    Workshops to be decided.
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    September 30th through October 4th, 2020: Creative Castle, Newbury Park, CA
    Workshops to be decided.
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    October 24th & 25th, 2020: Georgia Bead Retreat, Cumming, GA
    Workshops to be decided.
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    December 3rd through 6th, 2020: City Beads, Chicago, IL
    Workshops to be decided.
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  • 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