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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 . . .

*please note, this photo only illustration one the the infinity
possibilities of designs that can result from this workshop*

Nova Scotia Bead Retreat: A Guild to Beaded Wild Flowers
June 11-15, 2020 (Arrival afternoon June 11th, depart morning June 15)
April 1 registration deadline with 1/2 fee due by April 15. $200 fee is retailed for cancellation. Seats are limited!

Instructor: Laura McCabe, Host: Sam Norgard

Explore creating organic flower forms with beads in this 3-day workshop. Several different Nova Scotia wild flower patterns will be provided. Days one and two will be dedicated to learning the construction and concepts behind making these various flowers which can be incorporated into either a necklace or a bracelet. Day three will be dedicated to incorporation of these various flower forms into the finished piece of jewelry. Due to the extremely time intensive nature of this type of beadwork.the project will most likely not be finished in the workshop time. Very detailed instructions will be provided to allow you to continue on after the workshop is over. Pre-requisite for this workshop is proficiency in peyote stitch, right angle weave, and herringbone stitch. Flowers are constructed using primarily size 15/0 seed beads. Optional kits will be available for advanced purchase or students are welcome to bring their own beads based on a supply list which will be provided ahead of time.

Full package cost: $1050.00 USD (not including dinners, airfare and transfers from/to Halifax)
Full package includes workshop instruction at the School House with four nights at the Yellow Door or Sunset Cottage (mostly double room occupancy), free wifi access, breakfast and delicious lunch daily and 24 hour studio access. We will enjoy dinners together at local restaurants but these are not included in the package cost.

Partial Package Cost (without overnight accommodations or breakfasts): $525.00 USD

Location: This workshop will be held in Nova Scotia on the beautiful French Shore just a few hours west of Halifax. If you fly into Halifax you can arrange a shuttle ride with Mariner Shuttle Company ( or Amero Shuttle ( The shuttle will bring you right to the house.

Yellow Door House address: 3503 Highway 1 in St. Bernard
Sunset Cottage address: 32 White Cove Road in St. Bernard
Confirm dates and costs directly with the shuttle company.

If you are taking a ferry from the States or Canada, you will arrive either at Digby (20 minutes from the houses) or Yarmouth (40 minutes from the houses).

For more information about the workshop details contact Laura directly at:

Your host is Sam Norgard, professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. For more information about this workshop or to register, please contact her directly at

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.

"Lightness of Being" Necklace
Long recognized as a symbol of the "lightness of being" and bearers of love, joy and good fortune, these whimsical garden visitors are stunning in their coloration and always a source of entertainment. This necklace is constructed using a combination of off loom bead weaving techniques and bead embroidery. The lovely creature in the necklace is highlighted with a cubic zirconia studded beak and accompanied by a lovely red flower on the neck strap. Techniques include peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, chenille stitch, and bead embroidery. Proficiency in all techniques is strongly recommended.