gcc KeepingInShapeKeeping in Shape was originally called Keeping in Shape with EGA.  The teacher designed this for the region directors to bead and submit for the live auction at the 2009 EGA National Seminar.  The thirteen three-dimensional geometric pieces represent the thirteen EGA regions.

The student uses various techniques to make the geometric shapes.  Among the techniques are circular and flat peyote to make some of the pieces.  The student will also use the herringbone stitch to shape other pieces. Some of the pieces include a combination of beading techniques. The finished necklace includes an assortment of triangles, circles, rectangular solids, cylinders, and cubes.  The strap is a spiral rope of seed beads and Swarovski crystals.  Embellishments include Swarovski crystals and rondelles.

Teacher: Gwen Nelson

Project:  Beaded necklace

Size:  16 1/2” long (Student may adjust the length to fit the wearer)

Colors:  Black and Silver (Student may change the colors)

Supplies:  Approximately $50.00; variety of seed, cube, and Swarovski beads, either Nymo thread or Fireline; beading needles; small amount of quilt batting; flexible tubing

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Prerequisites:  Beading experience

Time:  Eight Months (seven lessons)

Fee:  $175 per group

Text:  $25; 60 pages, including color photos and diagrams; click here to download the supply list for this course.

GCC FrenzyFringe PhotoThis unique sampler is your chance to enjoy making 23 distinct beaded fringes.  Though each fringe is short to fit the space provided within the sampler, it is a complete fringe, and gives the participant enough information and experience to make it and decide whether or not to use it on another project.  Most of the fringes use small amounts of size 11 seed beads. A home seed stash may be sufficient for many of them.  Included is a measuring guide that reduces grams to teaspoons to help determine if the participant’s stash is sufficient or to help calculate the cost of beads if sharing with others.  This is a totally new concept in samplers and a fun way to learn how to do beaded fringes.  Challenges are offered for color suggestions: selection using the participant’s own choices, or an alternate three-color sampler to reduce the cost of the project.

 Teacher: Jeanette Carmichael

 Project (very brief description): Twenty-three distinctly different beaded fringes are stitched on Aida cloth outlined in cross-stitched sections.  Filled with seed, bugle, faceted crystal and other beads, the completed sampler can be proudly displayed in the home as well as provide a guide for future fringed projects.

 Size:  Sampler 10.5 x 13.5 inches

 Fabric:  14 x 17 inches white11-count Aida cloth

 Threads:  DMC cotton floss, polyester sewing thread

 Colors:  Varied, using suggestions or participant’s choice

 Beads:  Small amounts of various size 11° and 8° seeds; 2, 4, 6 and 8mm round; #2 and #5 bugles; and a few miscellaneous specialty beads.

 Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

 Prerequisites: None

 Time:  3 months

 Fee: $175 per group

 Text:  $58; 93 pages, spiral bound; 5 pages of full color photographs

 Supplies (approximate):  $30 - $80 depending on sharing and participant’s bead stash

gcc my favorite braceletResplendent with pearl, silver, and crystal beads, My Favorite Bracelet is the time-honored classic bracelet, at home with both casual and formal wear and easily paired with a pearl necklace and earrings. It is made to fit the student’s wrist perfectly and is fastened with a sterling silver clasp. The student will learn about beads and bead finishes, the reinforced square stitch foundation upon which the embellishment beads are attached, and a technique for a looped raised platform atop the foundation providing a dimension of height to the bracelet. Other techniques include various types of bead attachments, the application of filler beads, silver bead caps and spacers, anchor and pivot beads, and two very simple beading knots to end and begin new threads. The Color Choice Challenge allows for choice of beads in colors to coordinate with any wardrobe.


Teacher: Jeanette Carmichael

Project: Beaded bracelet

 Size: .5" height; 1.375" width; length fit to wrist

Color: Pearl, silver, and crystal aurora borealis

Supplies: Various seed and embellishment beads, thread, needles, beeswax, bead pad, and sharp embroidery scissors

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Time: Three months, preliminary meeting plus three meetings

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $38 per student, 55 pages, spiral-bound; color photos

Supplies (approximate): $55-$75; depending on beads selected and the sharing of suppliesclick here to download the supply list for this course



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