Meet the Teachers

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


Sherry Serafini

Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt like base.  Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design.  She seldom works from sketches.  Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification.  Some pieces take a year to complete.  Each is unique.

Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years.  She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work.


Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the U.S. and has won numerous awards for excellence in design, including Saul Bell Outstanding Jewelry Design Award, Bead International 2006, People’s Choice Bead Dreams, Runner Up Best in Show Bead Dreams, Kennedy Best of Nationally.  She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines.  Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist and dear friend Heidi Kummli and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini


Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and is owned and worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz,  and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Her beadwork has been seen at fashion week in Milan by the artists who commission her.

Beki Haley

Beki Haley has been beading for over 40 years now. Introduced to the amazing art form of seed bead weaving by her Grandmother as a child, that early start in loving the intricacy and fine detail that can be attained with seed beads has stayed with her all throughout her life.

Even as a young teen, Beki loved to teach others all the beautiful things that can be created with beads, as such she has over 30 years of teaching experience in several different venues from large auditorium settings to intimate one-on-one classes and most everything in between.

Trained as a classic Silversmith at a young age has also given her an appreciate of the art and beauty of jewelry design, and using those formal skills allows her to share the technical aspects of jewelry design, as well as the importance of attention to detail and craftsmanship all while exploring your natural creativity.

The love of beads led her to open her own bead store, Out On A Whim, in 1986. "I could not be more thankful that I am able to be surrounded by beads in every aspect of my life. With my husband, four children, several animals and beads, there is not much more I could ever ask for."

During any stressful time in her life she turns to her beads for comfort and calm. The meditative action of beading is the perfect tool to bring peace and joy to her otherwise busy and chaotic life. Being able to share that joy in the form of teaching others how to create with beads is
 a blessing beyond measure.

Maggie Meister

Maggie’s love of ancient history, color and patterns has followed her throughout her life. She uses seed beads, gemstones, focal beads, and a variety of beadweaving stitches – Peyote, Right Angle Weave, St. Petersburg, to name just a few- to translate designs found in mosaics, frescoes, architecture and jewelry into sculptural bead art to wear.

Maggie has taught and continues to teach workshops nationally and internationally throughout Europe. Her work has been shown in London, Milan and Naples and has been featured in ORNAMENT MAGAZINE, Beadwork Magazine, Bead and Button, and a variety of books. She has written a book, CLASSICAL ELEGANCE, for Lark Books as part of their Master Beadweaving Series.


Marcia is a leading beadwork artist, teacher, and writer. She was one of 36 artists featured in Masters Beadweaving. She has published three books, and shared her techniques through video. In 2014 Marcia presented Playing with Possibilities, a Bead and Button Master Class. Her work spans an aesthetic from whimsical to elegant. Proficient in many stitches she has worked in depth in both right angle weave and cubic right angle weave. Many of her designs incorporate some version of these two stitches.

Marcia DeCoster