Supply lists and kit information will be sent to registered attendees. You'll have the option of buying a class project kit from the instructor or providing your own materials for the workshop.

Rings of Power

Kinga Nichols © 2020

One day class - Intermediate

A fun, funky project created for the discriminating tastes of the  Coastal Maine Bead Retreat attendees. A bead embroidered necklace with an unusual twist in the form of layered overlapping ring like structures surrounding a gorgeous limited edition Swarovski stone. The colors are exuberant and fiery and life affirming, the shape is modern, elegant and pretty. To keep it light and highly wearable, the front section is supported by cork cord which also has a grounding effect on the composition.



Beki Haley © 2020

One day class - intermediate

Prerequisites - Peyote, Modified Netting, Modified RAW

ability to work with 15° seed beads


Lyra - In Greek mythology, Lyra represents the lyre of Orpheus. Made by Hermes from a tortoise shell, given to Apollo as a bargain, it was said to be the first lyre ever produced. Orpheus's music was said to be so great that even inanimate objects such as trees, streams, and rocks could be charmed.

You'll create this charming necklace using several techniques including Peyote, Modified Netting and heavily Modified Right Angle Weave.  Or you may choose to create just the pendant portion and let it hang gracefully from a silk ribbon or chain.  


You should have an ability to work with size 15° seed beads. 


Santa Maria del Fiore

Maggie Meister © 2020

One day class - Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites - must be proficient in CRAW (Cubic Right Angle Weave)

It is not a secret that I am fascinated by ancient mosaics, frescoes, and architecture from the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Eras. The dome in Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence – designed by Filippo Brunelleschi during the beginning of the Renaissance.  The work began in 1420 and completed in 1436.

Santa Mario del Fiore Lariat is inspired by the dome of the Cathedral in Florence. The lariat is made with Peyote Stitch, Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW), and Chenille Stitch. It focuses on combining the stitches and how to switch from one

to the other as the project requires. Last summer, I purchased some lovely silk tassels from Morocco. I wanted to use them in a special project. The Chenille Stitch “Chain” is inspired by the detailed ropes found in Cathedrals. The cupola is

a “tassel cover” made with CRAW and peyote.

The lariat is approximately 20 inches long with high quality Cubic Zirconias, Glass Pearls. A shorter and smaller version will also be available as a kit.

Designed for the Coastal Maine Retreat 2021

There will be three color ways to be ordered prior to the retreat.


Optional Workshop

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Belle Mabel
Marcia DeCoster © 2020

3 hour class - All levels

 Thursday Afternoon 2-5pm
Friday Evening 7-10 pm

This beautiful pendant features a vintage Swarovski stone with huge color and shine!  This vitrail medium sample has  a depth of color not seen in the modern stones.  The pendant is created with a herringbone bead woven surround and the use of an art deco filigree It  is finished with a Swarovski pendant and a beautiful silk ribbon for hanging.  The back is a lovely metallic leather.


Kit will be mandatory as the vintage Swarovski is not readily available.

Two additional kit colors will feature a heliotrope and a bermuda blue stone.

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