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 . . .
Wildflower Video Master Class
This eight-week journey (which may just turn into a life-long quest!) will allow you to explore your curiosity, sharpen your technical skills and push your own creative boundaries. It is intended for experienced beaders looking to foster their own creativity while refining their craftsmanship. Detailed instructions are provided for each of the 29 wildflowers or floral structures covered in this workshop, but what you do with them is up to you. In addition to the technical "how to" of building the flowers, time will be devoted to discussion about finding inspiration and how to foster the creativity required to make your own unique art.
Eight weeks of video workshops accompanied by detailed, full color, step-by-step instructions and bead kits to make a sampler of each of the twenty-nine different flowers or floral structures featured in the workshop.
Each week a new video will become available which coordinates with the printed instructions. Here's the syllabus:
Week 1: Begin Your Quest
This first week will be devoted to a discussion about inspiration, where to go to get ideas and what to look for when examining flowers and floral structures.
After week 1, there will be an optional 1 hour small group zoom session to discuss inspiration.
Week 2: Daisy-like Wildflowers
Week 3: Round Petaled Wildflowers
Week 4: Bonnet-style Wildflowers
Week 5: Berries
Week 6: Grasses and Leaves
Week 7: Complex Structure Wildflowers
Week 8: Bringing it Together into a Design
The final week will be devoted to taking what you have learned technically and applying your own creative vision to create your own unique beaded wildflower work of art.
After week 8, there will be an optional 1 hour small group zoom session to discuss creativity.
In addition to the workshop itself, participants will also be entitled to:
- Membership in a private Facebook group page exclusively for Master Class participants.
- The option to have your work featured on a special Master Class Gallery Page on the Just Let Me Bead website.
This workshop is set for a designated eight weeks and is not "on demand." Videos will become available at the beginning of each week and at the time can be added to the students Vimeo library for personal reference in the future. The beauty of this format is that videos can be watched at the student's convenience and re-watched as many time as necessary to review any of the steps of the process.
All Inclusive Cost (including sampler kits for 29 wildflower and floral structure designs): $995.
Registration numbers will be limited. Registration will open May 1st, 2021 and the workshop will begin on May 30, 2021 (to allow times for students to receive their kit boxes and instructions).
Gilded Lily Necklace
This beautifully 3-dimensional flower form is mounted atop a cork "lily pad" and then finished off with a lovely tassel and sparkling neck straps. Stitches include peyote stitch, right angle weave, herringbone stitch, spiral stitch and chenille. Proficiency in all stitches is highly recommended.
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.
Stern Blume Halskette
This unique necklace is inspired by the stunning iron jewelry which was produced in 19th century Berlin. The star flower structures are 3-D "pillow" forms which are embellished with elaborate beaded filigree. Techniques include peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, right angle weave, and chenille stitch. Proficiency in all stitches is highly recommended.
Nouveau Orchid Necklace
This delicate necklace features an orchid form at the center of a triangular pendant which is adorned at the bottom with a sparkling rivoli. Inspired by the Art Nouveau aesthetic, this project is a wonderful study in creating complex flower forms using combination stitching. Proficiency in herringbone stitch, peyote stitch and chenille stitch is highly recommended.
"There Be Dragons" Necklace
Create a lovely mystical creature to adorn your neck! This necklace project utilizes herringbone and chenille stitch to construct a "scaly" dragon form which is beautifully finished with a cubic zirconia encrusted clasp. The multi-strand portion of the necklace ensures a fine fit to any neck shape. Proficiency in both herringbone and chenille stitch is highly recommended.