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  Look for available classes for the workshops below on my Schedule page and my Video Classes page.

peyote basics - bezels

Bezel EarringsThe Peyote Bezel is a base for so many lovely pieces.  A bezel - or cup - holds the a focal as it grabs your eye to the piece.  In this class you’ll master the basics of this important technique.  Learn to capture a stone or crystal cabochon for a pendant. Make it simple or embellish the bezel.  You’ll learn it all in a fun day of beading. 

Prerequisite:  Must have a comfort level in working with small seed beads.


crystal twist earrings

These simple yet stunning earrings swing with a life of their own as the crystals twist in an intriguing dangle.
Learn to create them in this quick class and then make many variations. Using your favorite crystals or beads they can be elegant, casual, or somewhere in between.


finding Your muse

Is Seed Beading something you love to do? Making bits and pieces to "use later"? Do you have a project that stymies you? Do you enjoy exploring and playing with color? Then maybe a course of Independent Study with support and guidance is just what you need to get you going on your own creative path. The goal of this class is to help you plan your creation, organize your ideas, and learn how to make them a reality. Spending some quality time with like-minded beaders, enjoying lively discussions, and sharing ideas are extra benefits. Every month we'll discuss various topics about Seed Beading and how to make them work for you.


Capture a beautifully luminous faceted crystal pendant within a shimmering net of embellishment beads that is dripping with fringe. This masterpiece is sure to draw rave reviews.



ScheherazadeStrengthen your basic beading skills as you create your own distinctive piece of jewelry. This beaded "ribbon" necklace is created with contrasting matte and shiny beads and is tied in a knot at the base. Hang a unique focal pendant and learn a great embellishing technique.

camelot necklace

Learn to create this elegant necklace featuring a new twist on an old stitch. This straightforward design combines focal beads, an eye catching clasp with dangles in the front, and crystals and/or fire-polished beads that add a subtle texture to the finished piece. Learn to fashion different looks with added spacers, roundels, and bead caps.



mini loom beaded pouch

mini pouchBeadweaving on a loom is becoming more and more popular. This technique is used for belts, hatbands, watchbands, as well as neckwear and can be as simple or complex as your imagination. This unique project is a combination of some basic looming techniques that will serve as a foundation for many varied future projects.

triple your crystal cuff

Liz's newest version of her original design blends beadweaving techniques and Swarovski crystals. What could be better? The skills you develop in this class can be used for bracelets, necklaces, and more. Beadweaving experience is helpful - but all levels are welcome.

the calorie free donut

Using objects we routinely throw away, learn to create a beautiful object ‘de arte. Wear it, or use it in artistic and unique home decor.  Beginning with the basics, Liz will guide you through an exploration of various structural methods of Freeform Fantasy Techniques.  You can design a Pendant… Napkin Ring… Paperweight… whatever, however, and wherever your imagination takes you.  Grab you beads and join us for a day of fun and exploration.



Twist and SwirlUsing one of your favorite gemstones, large vintage, lampwork, or crystal focal beads, each student will learn the basics of creating their own unique necklace. Using the beads and colors you like, go wild with the medley of Ndebele Stitch variations we will explore. This necklace is an excellent way to learn and strengthen your technical and creative skills. Color selection and bead compatibility will be discussed as we "Twist and Swirl" through a fun-filled day of beading, support, and friendship.



making ends meet

Making Ends MeetThis class is designed to help you with those often pesky but so important finishing details at the clasp. Bring an almost finished project and we'll find the right closure and technique to finish it elegantly.

bead stringing basics

Not sure where or how to start? This is the workshop where you'll learn all the basics you'll need to know to create you own necklace or bracelet.

magpie freeform loomed cuff

Freeform Fiber and Bead CuffIn this workshop you’ll learn a new loom weaving technique: exploring texture and color with both fiber and beads. Using Judy Walker’s Paper Clip Loom learn a new way of finishing without weaving warp threads. Or, use a traditional loom with more traditional techniques. Either way, this project will open new doors to weaving. Join us for an enjoyable day mastering this new and unique approach to looming.

luscious lariat

Luscious LariatLariats have become so popular that they are seen EVERYWHERE. Used as belts as well as neckware, they are as varied as any imagination. This unique project is a combination of some basic techniques. Take your skills as far as they will go as you explore colors, textures, and contrasts with this elegant design.

avalon necklace

Avalon NecklaceThis subtle yet dramatic necklace evokes old-world vintage braids. Construct this piece with a unique bead stitch that has many possibilities for creating additional distinctive jewelry. A combination of colored crystals marries elegance and BLING. Warning: This stitch can become addictive.

double your crystal cuff

Silver Double CuffCreate a show stopping crystal cuff. Using a unique bead stitch with countless possiblilites, explore color as you create a distinctive piece of unique jewelry. Work on doubles and don't stop there. Explore variations on this theme using unexpected bead combinations. This cuff has lots of WOW factor and plenty of BLING!

beads of time

Using a variety of beads, you will create a stunning sculptural watchband for a favorite watch face.  Learn to combine freeform beading techniques with basic stitches.  Finish off with a unique buckle closure or the clasp of your choice.  Join us for a fun day of creative beadweaving.

galaxy beaded beads

Galaxy Beaded BeadsLearn to combine beads and stitches with this fun freeform project.  Play with color as you strengthen your skills and develop new ones.  Join us for a great day of fun and overcome any fear of freeform you may have. 

ambrosia lariat

The subtle gradation of soft spring colors melting together is one of the important design techniques you will learn while creating the spectacular netted lariat. You'll then finish it off with a cascade of luscious fringe.

loomed flag pin

loomed Flag PinIn this class you will learn the basics of beading on a loom as you create a delightful American Flag Pin to wear with patriotic pride.  Learn the basics as well as a new technique or two.  This is a fun and satisfying class and you’ll be a looming pro in no time.