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

Melissa's Upcoming Classes

Melissa Shippee - Prism Flower
Sat, Feb 27
$90 + Supplies or Kit $51
Feb 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST
$90 + Supplies or Kit $51
Learn to create intricate beaded flowers showcasing a stunning Swarovski fancy stone in setting using a combination of peyote stitch and netting.
Melissa Shippee - Ebb & Flow
Sat, Mar 20
$90 + Supplies or Kit $119-$131
Mar 20, 2021, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
$90 + Supplies or Kit $119-$131
Inspired by the shapes and colors of seashells, this aquatic neckpiece is fit for a mermaid queen!
Melissa Shippee - Envy Bracelet
Sat, Apr 03
$90 + Supplies or Kit
Apr 03, 2021, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
$90 + Supplies or Kit
This bracelet brings new meaning to the old expression, “green with envy.”
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Melissa Shippee - Quaking Aspen 10/30
Fri, Oct 30
$85 + Supplies or Kit $64
Oct 30, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
$85 + Supplies or Kit $64
This hybrid bead weaving and bead embroidery necklace is based on the leaves of the quaking aspen tree, Populous Tremuloides, a common deciduous tree found in the Northeastern United States.
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