Our incredible classes have something for everyone: off-loom beading, wire-work, chain maille, bead embroidery, metalwork and polymer clay beadmaking.  Our instructors teach all over the world, including at the biggest beading events in the country.  Our cruise focuses on quality classes with innovative designers!

Please read carefully:

One full-day class and one 1/2 day workshop are included in the Bead Cruise Registration.  Classes are held at the same time, so you may only choose one for each category.

Optional kits available, kit prices are subject to change. Kits are purchased directly from instructors.  Supply lists and purchasing information will be sent out in January.
 
 

Bonus Classes - Our instructors are offering two bonus class sessions.  You can purchase an extra class from section A and/or B for $55.00 each.  Students can pick one class per session. You must be registered as a Bead Cruise Participant to sign-up for the optional class.  

Skill levels:
Intermediate - means you have taken other classes to learn the technique or have completed several projects on your own using the required technique. 

Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required - this means you know how to use a needle and thread to do basic beading stitches. 

Beginner/All skill levels - Whether this is your first class or you've been making jewelry for years, you'll enjoy these classes. 

Some projects are time-intensive and will not be finished during class.  Students are given detailed instructions and taught the skills needed to complete a project. 

*Click on the images for a larger view and to see design alternatives.

If you registered before the new classes were posted and would like to switch after the new classes are up, email Becki with your new choices. 

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Full Day Classes (6 hours)- Pick one


Metal Sketches

Instructor: Heather Powers

Technique: Metal Work
Skill: All Skill Levels

Kit: Starts at $35*

Students will explore transforming sheet metal into multi-strand clasps and fun charms. Learn to create textures and "sketches" with a few simple tools and some basic metalworking tricks.  Learn to create three styles of earwires to compliment the charms. We'll finish the class by stringing a bracelet and going over some design ideas.

*Kit includes enough beads to string one double strand bracelet.  Additional bracelet kits and strands of Czech glass beads will be available for purchase.

Optional tools: bench block, riveting hammer, ball peen hammer, metal shears, two-hole metal punch, metal files. I will have some tools for student to share, bringing your own will give you more time to work on your projects.

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By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea
Instructor: Tracy Stanley
Skill level: Some wire working suggested but not required… I will have you working the wire like you would never imagine by the end of class!
Kit: Copper- $45-65.
Silver filled- $90-130.00
Sterling silver-TBA

Prices will vary depending on beads used and the cost of silver.

A number of wire working beads, links and
 wraps will be used to create this fabulous one of a kind necklace.  Shells, pearls and crystals will all bAll kits include a shell, crystals, pearls and Lucite beads will b
e added to your great wire worked pieces.   Such a treasure…a gift from the seas!

If you don’t wear necklaces, don’t let that stop you from signing up!  All these techniques can be used to make bracelets & earrings….Don’t miss out on all the fun!
 
Tools required: Round nose, chain nose, flush wire cutters
Optional tools: bench block, pad, chasing hammer

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Star of the Sea Necklace - Sold Out
Instructor: Beverly Herman
Technique:  Bead embroidery. Peyote and Herringbone stitches.
Skill: Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required.
Kit cost: $60

Let the Starfish be your guide as you capture a ceramic cabochon by Suburban Girl Studios. You will create a bead embroidered bezel with tiny crystals that sparkle within the netting accented with a starfish.  A Twisted Herringbone rope with a starfish clasp completes the design.
 
Project will not be completed in class.

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Veronica’s Vision - Sold Out

Instructor: Shelley Nybakke

Technique: Layered Right Angle Weave

Skill:  Intermediate/Advanced.  

Prerequisite: Must have working knowledge of Right Angle Weave.

Kit: $100


To give credit where credit is certainly due, this was designed by my good friend, Veronica Velong who lives in Sweden. She has made many of my layered right angle weave projects and came up with this design based on those projects. She kindly passed on the project to me! And what a wonderful gift that was. Size 11/0 metal seed beads and 3mm embellishment. 

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Second Season
Instructor: Beki Haley
Technique: Modified Cubic Right Angle Weave
Skill: Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required.
Prerequisites: Ability to work with 15/0 seed beads helpful.
Kit: $58-$68

Create a beautiful "trellis" of beads with a voluptuous cascade of petals and leaves dripping from the ends. You will Learn a modified version of Cubic Right Angle Weave; embellished fringing with graduating sizes and colors of beads; color placement; finishing techniques to enhance your beadweaving skills.

This project may not be complete in during class. Other colorways will be available. 

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Half Day Classes (3 hours)- Pick one

Fairy Lace - Sold Out
Instructor: Beki Haley
Technique: Modified Right Angle Weave
Skill:
Kit Cost: $18

The open lacy pattern of this magical bracelet is embellished with beautiful glass pearls. Explore a modified right-angle weave technique as you create this piece with the new SuperDuo two-hole bead shapes.

Students will Learn: A modified right-angle weave technique using the new two-hole beads that are perfect for changing direction, adding splashes of color with embellishments, and are easy to adjust for sizing; color placement; finishing techniques.

Supplies to Bring: Assorted beading needles, beading mat, Fireline 8 lb. test, scissors, task lamp. Optional: Magnifiers.

Materials in Kit: Size 11 & 15 Japanese seed beads; SuperDuo two-hole beads; glass pearls; step-by-step instructions; full page color photo for reference.

Additional colorways will be available!



Instructor: Heather Powers

Technique: Polymer clay
Skill: All Skill Levels
Kit:  $25

Discover how easy and fun it is to form polymer clay into hibiscus flower buds for pendants and charms. You'll create a handful of blossoms during this class. Learn how to antique the flowers and shaped the the wire into vines. Students will learn how to create polymer clay leaf charms and berry headpins too.

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Byzantine Chain Bracelet - 2 Spaces Left
Instructor: Tracy Stanley
Technique: Chain Maille
Skill level: All Skill Levels

This is the classic and most popular of the chain
 mailles.  It is also known as The Idiots Chain, because it will turn you into an idiot trying to figure it out, but any idiot can do it!  This is a chain you will never get tired of making…never get tired of wearing!  I wear my necklace every day…and there is hardly a day that goes by that someone doesn’t complement me on it!
 
Tools: Two of the following: chain nose, flat nose, bent nose pliers
Kits: are all based on a 7inch chain with clasp, beads, floaters are all extra.
Copper- $35.00
Silver filled $55-65 (exact price will depend on market price at the first of
the year)
Sterling silver $95-125 (exact price will depend on market price at the first of the year)

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Passion Flower Necklace
Instructor: Beverly Herman
Technique: Peyote stitch
Skill: Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required.
Kit: $50

Surround a Lunasoft cabochon with a peyote bezel. Ruffle accents with crystals and pearl nestle inside of the folds.  A brass chain completes the design.

This project may not be complete in during class.

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Steamy Windows Bracelet - Sold Out

Instructor: Shelley Nybakke 

Technique: Layered Right Angle Weave

Skill: Skill:  Intermediate/Advanced.  

Prerequisite: Must have working knowledge of Right Angle Weave.

Kit cost: $90

This one reminded me of stained glass windows. But that is sort of a boring name for me and has probably been used numerous times already. So Steamy Windows it is. That name reminds of me my high school days and steamy times in a Chevy Super Sport. And of course no one describes Steamy Windows better than Tina Turner. Layered Right Angle Weave. Makes the perfect bracelet and necklace.

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Optional Classes (3 hours) - $55 Each Additonal


Optional will be  on the last sea day, Optional A classes will be in the morning, Optional B classes will be in the afternoon.  You may choose one class from both sessions.

Optional A Classes:


Tropical Foliage - 2 Spaces Left

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nstructor: Heather Powers
Technique: Needle felting, bead embroidery

Skill level: All Skill Levels
Kit: $30

This meditative class starts with creating leaves from wool. We'll shape and needle-felt autumn colored leaves to bead embroider. With a few simple bead embrodiery techniques we'll embellish our leaves with seed beads and Czech glass. The stitches are easy and you'll finish this project before class is over and start on a second one! The lush beads with soft texture of the felted wool play off each other to offer a stunning design. Your kit will have enough materials to make two leaves and two pendants. - See more at: http://www.humblebeads.com/gallery/image/leaves-berries-pendant#sthash.1enRE5CL.dpuf
The meditative class start with creating leaves from wool. Shape and needle-felt colorful leaves to bead embroider. With simple embroidery techniques embellish the leaves with seed beads and Czech glass. The stitches are easy and you'll finish this project before the end of the class and have time to start on a second one! The lush beads and soft texture of the felted wool play off each other to offer a stunning design.

Kits include enough materials to felt two leaves and create one necklace.

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Wrap & Bling it Ring

Instructor: Tracy Stanley
Skill level: All 
Kits: Copper- $15-30. (depending on beads used)
Silver filled- $35-60 (depending on number of beads used)
Sterling silver-TBA


girl can never have too many rings!  These are a fun rings are made by using forging, wrapping and weaving techniques.  Bling them up with crystals or small clusters of pearls and stones…decisions…decisions….Lucky we have 10 fingers!

Tools required: Round nose, chain nose, flush wire cutters
Optional tools: bench block, pad, chasing hammer, metal ring mandrel

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Arabesque - Sold Out
Instructor: Becki Haley
Technique: Herringbone
Skill: Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required.  Ability to work with 15/0 seed beads helpful.
Kit: $32

Using the brand new Czech glass two-hole triangle beads, you'll create Arabesque motifs that are joined together to produce this stunning bracelet. The same technique, when turned at various angles, creates a limitless number of designs.

You will learn a modified and embellished version of herringbone; color placement; finishing techniques to enhance your beadweaving skills.

Supplies to Bring: Assorted beading needles, beading mat, Fireline 8 lb. test, scissors, task lamp. Optional: Magnifiers.

Materials in Kit: Size 8, 11 & 15 Japanese seed beads; Czech two-hole triangles; glass pearls; step-by-step instructions; full page color photo for reference.

Additional colorways will be available!

This project may not be complete in during class.
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Optional B Classes:


Lovin' Those Bangles

Instructor: Beverly Herman
Technique: Cubic Right Angle Weave
Skill: Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required.
Kit cost: $45.00

Wear one, wear two or dress them up with another bracelet.  You will love these bangles made with Cubic Right Angle Weave. Swarovski pearls and crystal complete the design.

This project may or may not be complete in during class.

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Tribal Inspired Beaded Bracelet
Instructor: Erin Siegel
Technique: Knotting, stringing
Skill: All
Kit cost: $20.00

Create a fun, stylish multiple strand beaded bracelet inspired by intricate African beadwork. In this class, you'll twist, knot and bead Irish waxed linen cord into a lush mulit-strand seed bead bracelet. Learn all about my favorite stringing material, Irish Waxed linen cord and how to work with it. You'll learn how to make a simple twisted loop for a button or bead closure, string beads onto the waxed linen and how to make precise knots.

Leave class with a finished bracelet around your wrist that you will get loads of complements on!

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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH - Sold Out

Instructor Shelley Nybakke

Technique: Layered Right Angle Weave

Skill:  Intermediate/Advanced.  

Prerequisite: Must have working knowledge of Right Angle Weave.

Kit: $55


Who could ever say no to a diamond. Of any kind? Not me. A girl just can’t have too many. I’m working on my collection. But in my wise old age, I like diamonds made from Firepolish, crystals, pearls, anything. I’ve learned that a real diamond isn’t all its CRACKED up to be. Layered Right Angle Weave with 8/0 metal seed beads and 4mm Firepolish. 

This project may not be complete in during class.




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