Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Spring Getaway - The Isle of Beads!

It's all Peggy Kemp's idea... her dream comes true March 30 through April 1, 2013... something to cure the winter blues for sure... and YOU are invited too!

Two and a half days to have fun with beads - learning, practicing and creating - on lovely San Juan Island - at the friendly Earthbox Inn and Spa! You can bring your partner, friend or spouse to enjoy spring wildflowers, hikes, kayaking, bicycle exploring on San Juan Island, while YOU play with beads.

March 29 - evening

Gathering at a local shop (yes, of course, beads) to meet me and the other students, and enjoy some light refreshments.

March 30-31 - all day + optional evenings + delicious, hot, catered lunch on both days

Improvisational Bead Embroidery, my favorite in the whole-world workshop to teach.
Learn all of the basic techniques for sewing beads on fabric, including high relief and textural variations, bezels, edge stitches, and fringing techniques. Practice them on a sampler similar to the one below.
Then begin to work on a small piece of bead embroidery, which can be made into a pouch, appliqued on a large bag, framed, sewn into a quilt, or one of many other possibilities. Throughout the two days, I will be teaching how to work improvisationally, without a plan or drawing, in a way that is fun and very empowering!

April 1 - morning

 Beady Problem Solutions
This optional half-day session is an opportunity for you to bring, show, and discuss your own work. I am prepared to assist you with "problem pieces," perhaps beadwork you like except that something doesn't "feel right," or pieces that you don't know how to finish. Bring any type of beadwork to this session.
Register now! Enrollment is limited to 12 students to provide for one-on-one instruction for every student.
$250 for Gathering and Improvisational Bead Embroidery workshop
$50 for Beady Problem Solutions
$275 for both of the above (save $25)

To get all the details and/or to register, please contact:

The workshop organizer - Peggy Kemp - email

Join us... we'll have a blast!


  1. Oh How I wish taht I could!! I know that it will be a wonderful time for all!

    1. I wish you could come too, Elizabeth. I'd enjoy meeting and beading with you.

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    1. Hello James and thanks for visiting my blog. I tried to register on your site, but something seems to be wrong with your password field. I couldn't get on it. Actually, I'm not eager to be part of a commercial site. I've intentionally kept my blog free of commercialism, except to notify readers of my own workshops.

  3. As I read this, I was thinking it was at some tropical resort.. until I realized it was in Washington State. Haha. Sounds like fun though!! :D


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