Meet the Teachers

You'll have a chance to meet the teachers Thursday night at the dessert and beverage reception, but read a little about them here first!


Sabine Lippert

After doing all kinds of crafting and needle work, Sabine started beading in 2007. Two years later, she published her first beading book in Germany, and in 2012, the first book in the United States, "Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies". She has been published in several magazines in Germany and the States.

In 2011, she gave up her job as a physician and became a full-time bead artist. Since then, she is teaching classes in Germany, different European countries, and in the United States. Her work is not based on a particular technique, she is more design orientated, using Peyote, Brick, Right-angle weave, and netting, whatever is required to create a certain shape or style.

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Melissa Shippee

Melissa G Shippee is a published beadwork designer who teaches workshops internationally, contributes regularly to books and magazines, and illustrates diagrams for other instructors. She studied physics and art in college but turned her attention to beads when motherhood changed the direction of her life.  


Her publications and contributions include two full-length instructional beading books called Beautiful Beadwork from Nature and I Can Herringbone, as well as projects in Beadwork Magazine, Bead & Button Magazine, Bead Star Magazine, Perlen Poesie, and Beading All Stars. 

Melissa has been a Beadwork Magazine Designer of the Year and a Starman Trendsetter, and also won awards for her bead artistry. To view more of Melissa's designs, visit


Jody Young

My bead journey has been a true blessing and I am beyond grateful for the lifestyle it has granted me. I created my “Raised Texture” freeform bead embroidery style over 15 years ago and have taken bead embroidery to the next level. My bead-work is something unique, with its life, movement, texture and color. I have colored outside of the lines my entire life and have now harmonized that same spirit into my art work.  Being recognized nationally and now internationally, through publications and awards, has been an incredibly rewarding experience.


I fell in love with beading in junior high school and have carried that love into my career and lifestyle, ever since. I was the owner of Beyond Beads Gallery, in Spokane Washington, for 21 years, which I consider to be one of my life’s greatest blessings. Seven years ago, I made the decision to close my store. This allowed me to move to Maui for 2 years, which not only filled my soul, but also gave me the pleasure of selling and sharing my bead-art work with people from all over the world. I am now living back in my home town in the beautiful Northwest, where all my children, grand kids and family are. I feel so fulfilled to have the best of both worlds. This has also allowed me to travel to different venues where I can share my freeform and free spirit with others, which couldn’t make me happier. I love to teach and consider it to be one of my callings in life.


When I’m at home, I focus my time on my Etsy site, my websites/pages, and on creating new projects. This has allowed me to stay entwined in the bead world and its ever-growing styles, modalities and fields. Being a Master Beader/Artist of my bead embroidery has opened so many doors. I love what I do and the fact that I now get to share my passions with you.

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