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  • Happenings


    This page is dedicated to announcements about new and upcoming events and plans for Just Let Me Bead. News is also announced in the monthly Just Let Me Bead newsletter and on the Just Let Me Bead Facebook Page and Instagram page.

    That's right!! I finally overcame my fear of the camera and launched my YouTube channel. There are already a couple videos up there and many more to come!
    Here's the link to the channel page:

    Officially Announcing Upcoming Virtual Workshops!

    In this age of abundant caution I've come to the decision with some of my teaching venues to offer classes in a virtual format. Because my virtual format is a bit different from other forms out there, I wanted to take a moment to lay it all out for you . . .

    Workshops will be in a video format, produced and edited and accessible with login and password for a 48 hour time period. During those 48 hours you can watch and re-watch the video as many times as you like. The advantage to this format is that you can replay and portion of the video, take breaks at your convenience, and even bead along, pausing and starting as necessary. Videos will follow the same sequence as the printed instructions which will be provided ahead of the scheduled class time and cover every step of the project. After the workshop's allotted time frame is over, there will be a scheduled one-hour zoom "after party" where those who would like can gather with me to go over questions, talk about the project or just simply catch up in "person."

    Workshops are limited to the same maximum number as live classes so please be sure to register ahead of time. For details as to where you can catch a virtual workshop, please visit the Road Show page of the website.

    Coming Soon! . . . . online learning
    The "new normal" resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a re-creating of how we think, work and how we interact. Many readers are now turning to online alternatives which reduce concerns of exposure and give those unable to attend workshops a viable option for continued education in beading. Although I have never been much of a video technology artist, I am starting to explore the wonderful world of online tutorials. I am currently working on creating new tutorials (some free to all and some available for purchase) which will eventually be posted for online viewing. For me there is a significant learning curve with video production and at this point I am not quite ready to release videos, but please stay tuned and please be patient . . . as soon as videos are available for viewing it will be announced here as well as in the monthly newsletter, the Just Let Me Bead Facebook page and the @justletmebead Instagram feed.
  • 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 . . .

    *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.

  • 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

    August 13th through 16th, 2020: Bead Soup, Savage, MD
    August 12th: Virtual Workshop "There Be Dragons" Necklace
    August 13th: Virtual Workshop Mid Summer Night's Necklace
    August 14th: Virtual Workshop Stern Blume Halskette
    August 15th: Virtual Workshop Gilded Lily Necklace
    August 16th: Virtual Workshop "There Be Dragons" Necklace
    For more information, please visit:

    September 12th, 2020: Turquoise String Beads, Fall River, MA
    Virtual Workshop "There Be Dragons" Necklace
    For more information, please call: 508.677.1877

    September 19th & 20th, 2020: Caravan Beads, Portland, ME
    September 19th: Virtual Workshop Gilded Lily Necklace
    September 20th:
    Virtual Workshop "There Be Dragons" Necklace
    For more information, please visit:

    September 30th through November 12th, 2020: Creative Castle, Newbury Park, CA

    September 30th/October 1st: Virtual Workshop "There Be Dragons" Necklace
    October 3rd & 4th: Virtual Workshop Stern Blume Halskette
    October 14th & 15th
    : Virtual Workshop Gilded Lily Necklace
    October 28th & 29th: Virtual Workshop Mid Summer Night's Necklace
    November 11th & 12th: Virtual Workshop Nouveau Orchid Necklace
    For more information, please visit:

    October 24th & 25th, 2020: Georgia Bead Retreat, Cumming, GA
    Workshops to be decided.
    For more information, please visit:

    December 3rd through 6th, 2020: City Beads, Chicago, IL
    December 3rd & 4th : Virtual Workshop Stern Blume Halskette
    December 4th & 5th: Virtual Workshop Nouveau Orchid Necklace
    December 5th & 6th: Virtual Workshop "There Be Dragons" Necklace
    December 6th & 7th: Virtual Workshop Gilded Lily Necklace
    For more information, please visit:

  • 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.

    Bezeling Rivolis How-To
    This handout goes along with my YouTube Video about bezeling rivolis

    Moon Rise Earrings (holiday pattern 2019)

    Beautiful Blizzard Earrings (holiday pattern 2018)

    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