the beginning of time, Man has made containers from many naturals
materials in order to hold liquids and foodstuffs for storage
and transport. Historically, amphorae date to around 4800BC even
though the Greeks and Romans developed the shape to what we see
today as a streamlined, pointed base to allow upright storage
by being embedded in sand, soft ground or to be lashed together
aboard ship for transportation. The Greeks developed a sophisticated
tradition of early pottery, leaving behind one of the largest
collections of decorative style vases and vessels. Both of these
shapes stem from the amphora, sitting upright on its base, but
keeping true the amphora style, and introducing a form of decorative
luxury to a common shape.
in Beadwork is a 4-day workshop that delves into the design process
of creating 3-Dimensional beadwork, focusing on the shapes of
amphorae, vases and vessels. Using peyote stitch as the primary
stitch for the shape, students will play with other stitches
to achieve texture and dimension.
design, and begin the creative process of making, a shape of
their own. In class, I will be offering instruction on the skills
needed to be successful in this venture. Each student will be
asked to do some pre-work in getting their design, solid there
minds and on paper. I will have a hand in size, stitch choices
and beads to be used. Our communication prior to the actual workshop
should have them comfortable enough with their ideas to proceed
once in the workshop.
Day 1: This will be a honing
of the skills day, making some samples, learning about increasing
and decreasing in some of the major stitches, stitch switching
and embellishing techniques. The students will present their
ideas to the class on this day. We will go over starting points,
stitches to be used, making armatures and general construction.
The rest of the time will be used pulling together palettes of
color, working out bead sizes etc.
Day 2: This is a big day. All
students will begin their shapes. I will be monitoring their
progress, helping with color, and the techniques used by each
Day 3: A beading day. The shapes
should be well underway by now so we will begin to work out the
details of embellishing and beginning to address the finish line.
Day 4: A beading day and a
sharing day. Students will continue with their shapes, experiment
with some embellishing and sharing with the other students their
experiences over the past 4 days.
workshop is not one that would work well for a kit, students
will be instructed as to the amounts and types of beads they
should bring to the workshop.
What I will
- A handout that
will cover the basic instructions on working with some of the
- Samples and
documentation for inspiration
What I will
have for sale in the workshop:
- Basic beading
supplies to include: One G thread, beading wax and needles.
- Armature materials
components to include different kinds of vintage beads, wire,
gemstones and pearls, cabochons, faceted stones and settings,
buttons, sequins, nailheads, and Swarovski products.
Skill level: Advanced. Must be comfortable
with the basic stitches, Peyote, Netting, Brick, Square, Herringbone
and Right Angle Weave stitches.