Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
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Picture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgePicture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

This workshop focuses on exploring techniques to create a custom-made, one of a kind, photograph frame. We begin with creating our own cabochons using photographs and epoxy. While the cabochons are curing, we move on to getting the structural materials ready to construct a frame, which can be made to stand or hang. Embellishing techniques are wide open, for a personal approach. This workshop is full of all the techniques needed to create a beautiful, heirloom quality work of art. This piece designed exclusively for the Creative Connections Retreat in October 2018.

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Winter is Coming... ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgeWinter is Coming...
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

A shaped, peyote stitch, torque-style cuff uses multiple armatures to hold the shape and create a domed curve to the cuff. The cuff ends with bezel-set pearl cabochons and a bit of shaping detail. The top of the cuff has a bezel-set CZ and two bezel set pearl cabochons, ending with peyote stitched oak leaves on each side of the pearl cabochons. This piece designed exclusively for Club Bead in February 2019.

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Butterfly Kisses ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgeButterfly Kisses
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

Did you ever give someone you love butterfly kisses when you were a child or to a child when you were an adult?

Butterfly Kisses has a double rope of pearl-filled netting ending with a pretty clasp. The central flower has a three dimensional center that is highly embellished with like spikes, pearl petals and peyote stitch bottom petals. It is brightly colored and gave me the impression of a breath of spring.

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Beadwork & Metal - Meet in the Middle
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

In this workshop we will explore techniques that lend themselves to a variety of box shapes. Using seed beads and Delica beads, fine patina copper sheet, CZ's and pearls, tiny cup-chain, specialty findings along with embellishing and finishing materials, students will create their own souvenir box. Once the box body is underway, we will work on options for embellishing. This portion of the workshop will be really exciting, as there will be lots of samples to look at and plenty of materials to work with to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir box.

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Estelle's Sautoir ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeEstelle's Sautoir
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

When Estelle Arpels, the daughter of a gem dealer, married Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a stonecutter, it was the beginning of a love story, like no other, and a great adventure beyond expectation!

A Sautoir is a French term for a long necklace that suspends a tassel or other ornament. This style has developed over time but probably the most popular sautoirs were woven or twisted ropes of pearls suspending a tassel.

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Falling for You!©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeFalling for You!
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

I had the good fortune to be in New Hampshire during the turning of the leaves. One afternoon, I stood outside on the deck of a friend's house, watching the leaves twist in the wind. Leaves of gold, red, brown with slight tinges of green fluttered wildly as the storm was rolling in. It was like a well-orchestrated dance. It seemed like I was witnessing a private performance! Even the name of this design came to me while watching the leaves twirl around and litter the yard. I felt recharged, refreshed and ready to take on the world!

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Gabrielle's Muse ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeGabrielles' Muse: An Elegant Sautoir
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

Today, known only as Chanel, the House of Chanel denotes elegance, class and a style, developed over time, that revolutionized the dress of the modern woman.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971) was born to working parents, but as life has other plans at times, Gabrielle (age 12) ended up in a religious convent and orphanage.

From such humble beginnings, but well trained in sewing at the orphanage, Gabrielle went on to making it her mission to change the way women dressed. She felt that women were wearing what men had designed and she wanted women to change their relationship with their bodies and their way of life, offering freedom from corsets and the restricting underpinnings of her time.

Gabrielle's Muse designed exclusively for Beads on the Vine - 2018

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Timeless Beadwork Design by Cynthia RutledgeTimeless Beadwork Designs
A Book by Cynthia Rutledge

My book, Timeless Beadwork Designs, celebrates my 20th year in this business and is a "thank you" to all of you, my friends, students and customers.

Timeless Beadwork Designs has 15 brand new projects. My inspirations came from art, history and design from the 1400's to the 1900's. There are 2-3 different colorways for each project resulting in 31 pieces of beadwork to inspire you to bead: five necklaces, four bracelets, three pairs of earrings, two rings and a brooch.


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NOTE: Errata Sheet for Timeless Beadwork Designs: Download Here

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