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Bead Classes, Beading Courses, Instruction, baltimore, maryland, virginia, va, md, dc
To register for a class, please visit or call the store where the class is being held. Washington 202-265-2323, Baltimore 410-837-2323, Virginia 703-848-2323.

To keep classes small for individual attention, we regret that we cannot allow refunds or date changes. Supplies must be purchased in advance. Classes start on time and no class time is allotted for shopping!  Our store staff cannot provide child care. PLEASE do not bring your children to class.

*Regarding Private Lessons:  The fees listed below are for group lessons;  in most cases, that fee will be an hourly charge for a private lesson.  If you are interested in arranging a private lesson with an instructor, please call the store you are interested in taking the class at to discuss pricing and times.*

Please scroll down to see full class descriptions and supply lists.

For your convenience you can also click and download a .pdf calendar to see what classes are being offered in each store. Please note that class updates will not be reflected in the .pdf calendars.

**New Children and Adult Build-Your-Own Beading Parties at our Falls Church Beadazzled**

Call (703) 848-2323 to book your next birthday party!

Children's Beading Parties: Beadazzled offers fun, creative, and instructive parties for children.  The party will run 2 hours long, and children will design and create either a necklace or a bracelet.  The party costs $20 per child (no materials included.)  Set your own budget for the party and let your child’s imagination run free!  The party fee includes a Beadazzled instructor and use of the store facility and tools during the party.  Parties will be scheduled during store hours and are subject to instructor and space availability. The party is recommended for children 8 years of age and up.  Instruction and beading assistance is provided for 4-10 children.  Upon completion of the jewelry portion of your party, we recommend a trip to Sweet Frog next door for a sweet birthday treat!

Adult Beading Parties: Whether you are celebrating a birthday, work promotion, or simply desiring a creative and fun experience to share with friends, our adult parties are the perfect way to spend a day with your friends.  There is a three-person minimum, so gather at least two of your closest pals to schedule a bead party.  No prior beading experience is necessary.  You will receive expert design advice and technical instruction from a Beadazzled teacher.  The party will run 3 hours long, during which you will each design and complete a necklace and a pair of dangle earrings.  Upon completion of the jewelry portion of your party, we suggest heading next door to Mad Fox Brewery for dinner and drinks!  The party costs $30 per adult (no materials included) and is designed to accommodate 4-6 students. Set your own budget for the party and let your imagination run free!  The party fee includes a Beadazzled instructor and use of the store facility and tools during the party.  Parties will be scheduled during store hours and are subject to instructor and space availability.

 

For all beading parties, we require a $5 non-refundable deposit per student in order to reserve the party.  The remaining amount due for the party must be paid 24 hours prior to the party.  In order to accommodate the instructor and store’s schedules, cancellations less than 24 hours in advance will result in the forfeit of the cost of the party.

 

Class Schedule Calendars:

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June:   Washington  Baltimore  Virginia

July:   Washington  Baltimore  Virginia

August:   Washington  Baltimore  Virginia

 

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New Classes:

Jewelry Design Fundamentals (MD)

Phonetography Workshop I (MD)

Bead Biz Classes Session I -Getting Started (MD)

Bead Biz Classes Session II -Let's Make Money! (MD)

Bead Biz Classes Session III -Take it to the Next Level(MD)

Beaded Macrame Bracelet (VA)

Introduction to Chainmaille (MD)

Persian Foxtail Chainmaille Bracelet (VA)

Beginner

Beads and Chain (MD/VA)

Beginning Peyote Stitch (MD/VA)
Beginning Wire (DC)

Caterpillar Stitch Bracelet (MD)

Color Theory for Beaders (MD/VA)

Hoop Earrings (VA)

Introduction to Beading (DC/MD/VA)

Intro to Beading for Teens (MD)

Introduction to Chainmaille (MD)

Introduction to Earrings (VA)
Kid's Classes (VA)
Tubular Peyote Stitch (VA)

Teen Classes (VA)

Intermediate

Beginning Wire (MD)

Beginning Wire - Findings (VA)

Beginning Wire - Wrapped Loops (VA)

Chained Rosary / Chained Necklace (VA)
Classic Knotting (DC/MD/VA)
Intermediate Beading (VA)

Feather Earrings (VA)

Leather and Chain Bracelet (VA)

Leather Lattice Bracelet (MD/VA)
Multi-Strands (DC/VA)

Shamballa Bracelet (MD/VA)

Viking Knit (MD)

Wonderful Wire Crochet (VA)

Wire Rings (DC)

Wire Rings (MD)

Wire Rings (VA)
Wire Wrapped Cuff Bracelet (VA)

Advanced

Advanced Peyote Stitch (VA)

Advanced Wire (DC/VA)

 

 

 

Chain/Rosary

Beads and Chain (VA)

Chained Rosary/Chained Necklace (VA)
Design with Chain (DC)

Introduction to Chainmaille (MD)

Persian Foxtail Chainmaille Bracelet (VA)

Wire
Advanced Wire (DC/VA)
Beginning Wire (DC)

Beginning Wire (MD)

Beginning Wire - Findings (VA)

Hammered Link Bracelet (VA)

Mixed Media! (DC)

Only Earrings (DC)

Viking Knit (MD)

Wire Rings (DC)

Wire Rings (MD)

Wire Rings (VA)

Wire Wrapped Cuff Bracelet (VA)
Wonderful Wire Crochet (VA)

Knotting/Macrame

Advanced Knotting (MD/VA)

Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet (MD/VA)

Beaded Macrame Bracelet (VA)

Classic Knotting (DC/MD/VA)

Floating Knotted Necklace (VA)

Leather Lattice Bracelet (VA)

Shamballa Bracelet (MD/VA)

Seed Beads

Advanced Peyote Stitch (VA)

Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet (MD/VA)

Beginning Peyote Stitch (MD/VA)

Caterpillar Stitch Bracelet (MD)

Lost in the Forest Bracelet (MD)

Spiral DNA Bracelet (MD)

Tubular Peyote (VA)

Vertical Netting Necklace (VA)

Special Classes

Color Theory for Beaders (MD/VA)

Bead Biz Classes Session I -Getting Started (MD)

Bead Biz Classes Session II -Let's Make Money! (MD)

Bead Biz Classes Session III -Take it to the Next Level(MD)

Jewelry Design Fundamentals (MD)

Photography on a Budget (MD)

 

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


 

ADVANCED PEYOTE STITCH $40


Virginia: (René Block)    $40

    No class scheduled this session.

Call (703) 848-2323 to register.

Now that you have gotten the hang of even-count peyote, here is an opportunity to learn odd-count peyote.  No flat peyote graph will be out of your reach, and the possibilities will be truly endless!
Supplies: 2 contrasting colors of size 11 OR size 8 Delicas (Czech seed beads won't work due to their irregularity)- If using size 8 pease have 2 tubes of each color, bobbin of Nymo D, #10 beading needles, beeswax, cutters, bead mat.


 

ADVANCED WIRE:  $35

Prerequisite: Beginning Wire class or previous wireworking experience suggested, but not required.

Washington: (Kathleen Manning) Advanced Wire

   Sunday, August 17, 9:00 - 11:00am 
To register call (202) 265-2323

This class focuses on hammering with heavy gauge wire to make double spiral connectors, your own chain, links, and clasps.
Supplies: 3 packages of 12 gauge aluminum wire, 1 package 18 gauge wire; assortment of beads with larger holes, can include donuts, top drilled beads, charms, and pendants; chasing hammer, bench block or anvil.

Virginia: (Sylvia Butler)

   No class scheduled this session. 
To register call (703) 848-2323

This wire class focuses on giving students skills to creating wire spirals that can turn into bead cages, beadcaps, spacer beads; fancy earwires and headpins.  Students will also learn how to make bails for top drilled teardrops or stone pendants.
Supplies:  2ft 22ga wire—sterling, gold filled or plated; 2ft 20ga wire—sterling, gold filled or plated; beads 6, 8, or 10mm with holes to fit wire; 1 top-drilled tear drop shaped bead/ briolette; 1 top-drilled stone pendant; round nose & chain nose pliers; wire cutters; hammer; anvil; file optional.


BEAD BIZ CLASSES SESSION 1 -GETTING STARTED IN THE BEAD BIZ $39

Baltimore: (Penelope Diamanti)

    Saturday, August 9, 2:00 - 4:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323.

Get help identifying your target market and defining your products. Learn how to stay out of trouble with the tax and legal authorities. Find out how to choose, register and protect your trade name. Get tips on time and space management. This class will help you get started on the road to a successful small business. Bring your questions, your work, or anything else you want to share or get feedback on.


BEAD BIZ CLASSES SESSION 2 - LETS MAKE SOME MONEY! $39

Baltimore: (Penelope Diamanti)

    Sunday June 22, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

    Saturday, July 26, 10:30am - 1:30pm

To register call (410) 837-2323.

We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of all kinds of ways to sell your work. From home or office parties, to shows and fairs, consignment, retail, wholesale, trade shows, catalogs, the internet and more, we’ll discuss them all. Discover which channels best meet your needs and personality, and get helpful tips to ensure your success. Bring your experience, questions and ideas to share with the group.


BEAD BIZ CLASSES SESSION 3 - TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL $39

Baltimore: (Penelope Diamanti)

    Saturday, July 26, 2:30 - 5:30pm

To register call (410) 837-2323

After you’ve had some experience with your small business, this is your chance to go deeper. Find out how to analyze your profitability and what to do about it if it’s not what you want it to be. Explore a variety of low cost ways to build your customer base and get the word out about your work and events. Build your brand by professionalizing your marketing materials and polishing your image. Get help if you need to refine your target market, work, or pricing structure.  Bring your questions, successes, challenges and anything else you want feedback on.


BEADED KUMIHIMO BRACELET $40 

Baltimore: (Dawn Pietrusko)

   Sunday, July 27, 11:00am - 1:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323.

Virginia:  (Emma Moore)

  Sunday, March 9, 12:30 - 2:30pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Learn the historical Japanese braiding technique of kumihimo in this introductory course.  Used prominently by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their armour, kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and kimono sashes.  We have put a modern, and of course, beaded, spin on kumihimo to create a delicate and intricate woven bracelet!   The instructor will guide you through the process of creating a beaded kumihimo cord long enough to make into a bracelet, and will teach you how to attach end caps and clasps to the cord to create a finished and versatile piece of jewelry!   Samples of finished kumihimo jewelry and instruction pamphlets will be provided.  With the techniques you learn in class, you will be able to make bracelets, necklaces, and cords for pendants in a seemingly endless array of color combinations!

Supplies:  2 spools of Superlon in contrasting colors; 2 tubes of size 6 Czech seed beads in different colors; 2 8mm endcaps; 1 clasp; 1 ft 22ga wire; 1 big eye needle; foam kumihimo disk; hypo cement glue; chain nose pliers; round nose pliers; wire cutters; beading mat; optional: 1 package of kumihimo bobbins.


BEADED MACRAME BRACELET $30

Virginia:  (Mary Croke)

  Sunday, July 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm

  Sunday, August 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.

 


In this class, students will master the basic square knot and learn how to finish a bracelet with an adjustable knotted closure, while creating a set of 2 bracelets that look wonderful stacked together or worn separately! Students will also discuss variations on the technique shown in class.

Supplies: 2 spools #18 superlon, 2 packages 3mm beads or 2 tubes size 6 seed beads, 4 accent beads with holes large enough for superlon to pass through twice (to be used on pull strings)

 


BEADS AND CHAIN  $40

Virginia:

   Saturday, July 26, 9:00 - 11:00am (Rachel Reich)

   Sunday, August 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm (Mary Croke)

To register call (703) 848-2323.

In this class students will get a crash course in basic beading techniques while simultaneously creating a fashion forward and professionally made necklace utilizing a variety of beads and chain.  This is a two-hour class, which is enough time to construct and finish your necklace.  During class you will learn the all techniques needed for this project, which is no problem because the techniques are simple!  Additionally, the instructor will also demonstrate all the different uses for these simple techniques so that you can quickly work your way to more complex designs and spark your creative juices.  Taking this one class allows you to work through a jewelry design that you would normally need two classes to accomplish!

Supplies: 2 feet of chain, about 16" worth of beads, and class kit in silvertone, goldtone, or antique copper.


BEGINNING PEYOTE STITCH $40

Baltimore: (Cas Webber)    $40

   Saturday, July 12, 11:00am  - 1:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323


This class is an introduction to peyote stitch -- an off-loom weaving technique that creates a flat, flexible fabric using only beads, needle and thread. Using even count peyote, you will be able to make a bracelet. After learning this basic peyote stitch you will have the confidence to attempt a great variety of projects, from a simple bracelet to an ornate necklace.
Supplies: 2 contrasting colors of size 8º Delicas; 1 multi strand magnetic slider clasp, Nymo D or 1 spool of Fireline; #10 beading needles; needle threader (0r good glasses or magnifier!); beeswax; cutters, bead mat.


Virginia: (René Block)    $40

   Saturday, April12, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Call (703) 848-2323 to register.

This class is an introduction to peyote stitch-- an off-loom weaving technique. We will focus on even-count peyote, as well as the basics of reading and designing a peyote graph.  After learning this basic peyote stitch you will have the confidence to attempt a great variety of projects that can occupy many cold winter nights!
Supplies: 2 tubes each of 2 contrasting colors of size 8 Delicas (Czech seed beads won't work due to their irregularity), bobbin of Nymo D, #10 beading needles, beeswax, cutters, bead mat.

 


BEGINNING WIRE  $35Beginning Wire 

Baltimore: (Cas Webber)

   Saturday, August 30, 2:00 - 4:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323

With the metals market currently at an all time high, learn to make your own stylized clasps, earwires, caps, bails, jumprings, and fancy headpins on a budget.  Hammer & Bench block will be provided for class use and will teach you how to make strong findings for all your projects.  This is an action packed class with lots of banging and fun!

Supplies:  1 package each of 24, 22, 20, and 16 gauge wire in copper or plated wire; 1 package of 4mm Swarovski crystals;  1 each of 6mm, 8mm, 12mm, and 16mm round beads; memory wire cutters; round nose & chain nose pliers; file set optional, but will produce better results;  hammer and bench block will be provided for use during the class.

 


 

Beginning WireBEGINNING WIRE $35

Prerequisite: Introduction to Beading class or experience with jewelry tools.

Washington: (Kathleen Manning)

   Sunday, June 22, 9:00 - 11:00am

   Sunday, August 3, 9:00 - 11:00am
To register call (202) 265-2323.

Learn basic wire manipulation to make chains, clasps, and earwires. Set beads, wrap objects, and incorporate unique elements into your jewelry.  Learn about wire working tools and wire properties as well.  This is truly the best class for a first time wire-worker!
Supplies: 1 package or at least 2ft each of 18ga & 20ga dead soft SS, GF, copper, or plated wire; 2-3 beads to fit wire including 2 beads for earrings; 1 donut or stone pendant top-drilled to fit wire; round nose & chain nose pliers; wire cutters; file optional.

 


 

Beginning WireBEGINNING WIRE  $35

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Beading class or experience with jewelry tools.

Virginia:

  No class scheduled this session.

To register call (703) 848-2323.

In this class students will build on the foundation of the basic wire loop technique to learn how to create your own findings.  Using simple tools and basic materials you can make your own earwires, headpins, and clasps.  We will show you how to make a variety of styles as well as teach students how to harden wire using Nylon Jaw Pliers and Hammering.  Students will also receive instruction on making a wire wrapped loop, the foundation technique for many wire working projects.


Supplies:1 package or at least 2ft each of 18ga & 22ga dead soft SS, GF, copper, or plated wire;  2-3 beads to fit each size of wire; round nose & chain nose pliers; wire cutters; chasing hammer; anvil; file optional.



 

Beginning WireBEGINNING WIRE: FINDINGS

Prerequisite: Beginning Wire: Wrapped Loops class or experience in making wrapped loops.

Virginia: (Sylvia Butler)

   No class scheduled this session.
To register call (703) 848-2323.

In this class students will build on the foundation of the wrapped loop technique to learn how to create your own findings.  Using simple tools and basic materials you can make your own earwires, headpins, and clasps.  We will show you how to make a variety of styles as well as teach students how to harden wire using Nylon Jaw Pliers and Hammering.


Supplies:1 package or at least 2ft each of 18ga & 22ga dead soft SS, GF, copper, or plated wire;  2-3 beads to fit each size of wire; round nose & chain nose pliers; wire cutters; chasing hammer; anvil; file optional.



CATERPILLAR STITCH BRACELET $35

Chain and Beads

Baltimore: (Nikki Rose)

    Sunday, July 13, 1:30 – 4:30pm

To register call (410) 837-2323

Would you like something fun, easy, and unusual to create with your seed beads?  Are you tired of conventional jewelry techniques?  It's time to spice up your creativity with the caterpillar stitch.  Impress your friends and family with brightly colored bracelets, necklaces, and anklets that look like caterpillars.  In this class, you will create a caterpillar stitch bracelet in your choice of two colors.  The instructor will teach the stitch in detail, explain how to hide knots, emphasize durability when finishing the bracelet, and provide samples of bracelets, necklaces, and anklets using the caterpillar stitch or variations of the caterpillar stitch.  Once you have learned to make a caterpillar stitch bracelet, the possibilities are endless.  You will leave this class with the knowledge to create bracelets, necklaces, and anklets that combine the caterpillar stitch with pendants, stones, crystals, lampwork beads, and many other larger beads.  Your jewelry collection will never be the same!

Supplies: 1 tube size 11 seed beads or size 11 delicas, 1 tube size 6 seed beads, 1 toggle clasp, 1 spool black or white (depending on the color of the "A" beads) Fireline thread, knot cutters, 2 size 10 beading needles, hypocement glue.



CHAINED ROSARY / CHAINED NECKLACE $35

Virginia: (René Block)

   No class scheduled this session.Chained Rosary Chained Necklace

To register call (703) 848-2323

Learn how to construct a sturdy and beautiful chained rosary. You will learn how to handle the tools, bend the wire, connect beads to chain to form the decades, join them, and attach them to a rosary center and crucifix. Prior experience with bending wire for earrings is helpful but not necessary. Rosary techniques can be adapted to making necklaces, bracelets, anklets and more. Students are welcome to take this class and use the techniques to make a Y-style drop necklace during class rather than a rosary.

Supplies for Rosary: 59 6mm or 8mm beads (or 53 beads and 6 accent beads), crucifix, rosary center, 60 eyepins or 5ft. 20- or 22 gauge wire. Wire, 4 split rings or open jump rings, 1ft chain to match other metal parts (will need to be cut into 14pices of 3 links each during class), round nose pliers, wire cutters.

Supplies for Necklace: same as above, but with a piece to use as a pendant rather than a crucifix and a connector piece with three loops rather than the rosary center. Also, please bring a clasp for the back of the necklace.

 


CLASSIC KNOTTING $30

Washington: (Kathleen Manning)   
   Sunday, June 15, 9:00 - 11:00am

To register call (202) 265-2323. Classic Knotting

Baltimore: (Dawn Pietrusko)   

  Saturday, August 10, 11:00am - 1:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323.

Virginia: (Mary Croke)

  Saturday, June 14, 9:00 - 11:00am

  Sunday, August 10, 10:00am - 12;00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Learn how to make a classic knotted necklace for a timeless look. Knotting also buffers precious gemstone beads and pearls against wear, and protects them from loss in case the necklace breaks. Take this class and save money if you have heirloom knotted necklaces that need restringing. We will also discuss and demonstrate making a "floating bead" necklace.
Supplies: 2 beadtips; clasp; any beads you'd like to use; Hypo Tube (beadtip) cement; tweezers; knot cutters; card of appropriately-sized silk cord, beading mat or other beading surface. Stretch the silk for 24 hours before class by hanging it over a door with a weight (shoe, scissors, etc.) attached to each end.


Crochet BeadsCOLOR THEORY FOR BEADERS $60

Baltimore: (Penelope Diamanti)

    Saturday, August 16, 2:00 - 5:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323.

Virginia: (Penelope Diamanti)

    Sunday, June 29, 12:00 - 3:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.


Have you noticed sophisticated color combinations and wished “Why didn’t I think of that?” This class will help you become the inspiring colorist.

Following a short talk on the fascinating history and cultural symbolism of colors, we spend most of this three-hour class working hands-on with an awe-inspiring 5-foot diameter color wheel made up of hundreds of strands of beads.  We’ll learn the terminology of color harmony and how to use a dynamic color wheel. We’ll create a series of pallets, analyzing them, and “pushing” them to be even more exciting and effective. This process has been described as “a very educational play date for artists”!

This experience helps students expand their comfort level with a broader range of colors and gain confidence in their ability to combine colors in innovative and harmonious ways, making their artistic work both easier and more profitable.

Feel free to bring works in progress or challenging color combinations to class, the applied color theory we’ll learn is sure to help. An informative handout covers key points and helpful tips. Many students may also bring digital cameras or cell phones to document the stunning palettes we create.
Supplies: Color Sense color wheel; pen and paper if you would like to take notes.

 


DESIGN WITH CHAIN $35

Washington:  (Kathleen Manning)    

   Sunday, June 1, 9:00 - 11:00am

To register call (202) 265-2323.

Learn to make earrings, bracelets, and necklaces with chain, wire, and beads.  Basic wire techniques will be covered.  Gain fun new design ideas and inspiration for future projects!

Supplies: 3 ft chain; wire to match chain; 20 - 30 beads that fit on wire (our friendly and helpful staff will help you get all of your supplies together before class!)

 

 

 


 

 

FLOATING KNOTTED NECKLACE

Virginia:  (Sylvia Butler)

   No class scheduled this session. 

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Ever wonder how to make an illusion style, floating bead necklace or what to do with a few leftover beads?  This class will show you how to create a necklace using minimal supplies and create the look of beads floating on your neck!  Basic Knotting experience is strongly recommended. Stretch the silk for 24 hours before class by hanging it over a door with a weight (shoe, scissors, etc.) attached to each end.

Supplies: 10 beads at least 6mm large; 1 card of silk (be sure your beads fit snugly on silk); 2 sterling silver or gold filled bead tips; 1 clasp; 1 tube hypocement glue; knotting tweezers; chain nose & round nose pliers; knot cutters; beading mat.

 

 


Happy Hour Bracelets

HAMMERED LINK BRACELET $35

Virginia: (Emma Moore)

   Sunday, June 22, 10:00am - 12:00pm

   Saturday, August 30, 9:00 - 11:00am

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Looking for something different to do with your mates after work?  Hammer out stress from the day and unwind your mind as you get instant gratification with this bracelet that is distinctively yours. We will make uniquely shaped links in several sizes using wire working and hammering techniques. We will join these links with a short length of beads and finish with a handmade clasp. 

Supplies: (Students can use sterling or plated wire) 2  feet of 18ga wire; 1yd of professional quality beading wire; 2 crimp tubes; 5-10 beads assorted sizes (2-12mm); 2-5  charms or dangles.

 


 

INTERMEDIATE BEADING $35

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Beading

Virginia:  (Sylvia Butler)

    No class scheduled this session. 

To register call (410) 837-2323 to register.

You have learned the very basics in the Introduction to Beading; now take it to the next level and learn how the pros do it.  In this class you will construct an 18" necklace using crimps with a crimping tool and crimp covers.  You will also expand your earring making techniques by learning to wrap headpins for a more secure connection. 

Supplies:  Enough beads to fill 17" of cord, making sure to include accent and focal beads to ensure a complete design, 1 yard of Soft Touch Cord (diameter of cord depends on beads chosen); 2 precious metal crimps; 2 crimp covers; 2-6 precious metal headpins; 2 earwires, extra beads for earrings, crimping pliers, 1 clasp.

 


Intro to BeadingINTRODUCTION TO BEADING $30

Washington: (Kathleen Manning)   

   Sunday, June 29, 9:00 - 11:00am

   Sunday, July 13, 9:00 - 11:00am

   Sunday, July 27, 9:00 - 11:00am

   Sunday, August 24, 9:00 - 11:00am

To register call (202) 265-2323.

Baltimore: (Dotsie Mack)  

   Saturday, June 14, 11:00am - 1:00pm

   Saturday, July 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm

   Saturday, August 23, 11:00am - 1:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323.


Virginia:

   Saturday, June 7, 9:00 -11:00am (Mary Croke) 

   Saturday, July 12, 9:00 - 11:00am (Rachel Reich)

   Sunday, August 3, 10:00am - 12:00pm (Mary Croke)

   Saturday, August 23, 9:00 - 11:00am (Rachel Reich)

To register call (703) 848-2323.


Learn about tools and materials. Construct basic earrings with headpins and beads. Create an 18" necklace on cable wire and learn how to finish with crimps. These techniques will launch you confidently into the world of bead stringing and design in just two hours.
Supplies: Basic Class Kit (available at the register) and enough beads in colors and styles you like to fill 18" of cord. Larger beads and a simple design for your first effort will save stringing time, allowing more time in class to concentrate on techniques. For earrings, bring a few extra beads with holes large enough to fit on headpins.



INTRODUCTION TO BEADING FOR TEENS $30

Baltimore: (Dotsie Mack)   

   No class scheduled this session. 

To register call (410) 837-2323.

By popular demand, we are pleased to indroduce beading just for teens! In this class you will learn how to make earrings and a necklace using the techniques of a pro.  If you ever wanted to hang out and create some fashionable jewelry in your own personal taste and style, then this is the class for you!
Supplies: Basic Class Kit (available at the register) and enough beads in colors and styles you like to fill 16" of cord. Larger beads and a simple design for your first effort will save stringing time, allowing more time in class to concentrate on techniques. For earrings, 2-8 beads with holes large enough to fit on headpins.



INTRODUCTION TO CHAINMAILLE $35

 

Baltimore: (Sondra L. Spencer)

  Saturday, August 2, 2:00 - 4:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323

In this introduction to chainmaille, students will learn two weaves: Byzantine and 4-in-1.  With just two flat nose pliers and a pile of jumprings, you will learn two weaves that you can use to create stunning earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Supplies: Two flat nose pliers; one package of 8mm jumprings (at least 100); one package of 6mm jumprings (at least 100).


INTRODUCTION TO EARRINGS

Virginia:    

   No class scheduled this session. 

To register call (703) 848-2323.

For those looking to take a basic beading class for earrings only or individuals wanting to brush up on their earring making skills, this class is perfect for you.  For 1 hour we will be entirely focused on earrings, starting from square one.  Earrings are great instant gratification for new beaders and self-proclaimed "un-creative types!" They are so easy you can whip up a pair while you drink your morning coffee to match your outfit for the day.  We will make 2 types of beginning earrings and learn all about the world of earring findings from earhooks to earclips and decorative headpins to plain eyepins. 

Supplies: 4 earwires (posts, hooks, or clip on); 4 headpins (plain or decorative); 2 eyepins; variety of beads to fit your pins (remember to include little space beads, they really elevate your designs); chain nose & round nose pliers; wire cutters; beading mat.


INTRO TO WIRE CAGES $30

Baltimore : (Alison Skorko)

   Sunday, August 23, 11:00am - 1:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323.

This class will give you the skills to wrap secure and decorative cages around any bead or organic shape.  The technique is very versatile and can be applied to all kinds of beads, stones, and other forms.

Supplies:  round nose pliers; nylon jaw pliers; wire cutters; one package of each 22ga and 24ga wire in any color; at least 3 beads 25mm or larger; 10 - 20 4mm beads for extra adornment; file set.


JEWELRY DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS $35

Baltimore: (Penelope Diamanti)

    Saturday, July 12, 2:00 - 4:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323.

Using over 100 images and examples, we’ll explore the universal elements of design as applied in beaded necklaces: Line (shapes of necklaces); Balance (use of symmetry and asymmetry); Focal Point (pendants, large focal beads, or massing of beads to create a focal point); Rhythm (repeating patterns); Texture (using beads with a variety of textures, finishes, and patterns); and Color Harmony. Whatever your style, incorporating the principles of harmonious design will take your jewelry to the next level.  You’ll also learn some helpful construction tips and techniques and are welcome to bring works-in-progress or necklaces you want to rework to class for personalized feedback and advice. No supplies needed.


KID'S CLASSES (ages 6 - 12)

Virginia: (Rachel Reich)

Supplies: For all of our kid's classes, basic supplies are included in the class price. Please provide your child with $5-10 to select a few feature beads to personalize their pieces

Beaded Key Rings $25

   Wednesday, July 7, 2:00 - 3:00pm

   Wednesday, August 6, 2:00 - 3:00pm

In this one hour class, students will make two fun beaded key rings for backpacks, zippers, keys, etc. Our younger beaders will get their creative juices flowing as they string and knot to create their very own one of a kind charms!

 

Rubber Tubing Memory Wire Bracelet $25

   Wednesday, July 16, 2:00 - 3:00pm

   Wednesday, August 13, 2:00 - 3:00pm

A fun, funky introductory class for our younger beaders. In this class students will be introduced to memory wire, a wire that holds its shape. Students will string beads on the memory wire and use rubber tubing as spacing in their bracelets. A fun project for kids of all ages. 

 

Beaded Necklace $25

   Wednesday, July 23, 2:00 - 3:00pm

   Wednesday, August 20, 2:00 - 3:00pm

Here’s an introduction to beading class geared towards our younger beaders. Students will make a professional quality necklace in class. Just because our students are young, doesn’t mean they aren't creative thinkers. Let them design a necklace that will last!


LEATHER AND CHAIN BRACELET

Virginia: (Chelle Mohaber)

  No class scheduled this session.

To register call (703) 848-2323.


Using a technique similar to our leather lattice bracelet, students will weave rolo-style chain with leather to create an edgy unisex look.  This is a quick and easy project that can be modified with other styles of chain, thick or thin, in a variety of metals and colors.
Supplies: 2 feet 6-8mm rolo style chain; 1 package of round leather; 2 beads with holes large enough to fit leather; wire cutters.

 


LEATHER LATTICE BRACELET $30

Baltimore: (Dotsie Mack)  

    No class scheduled this session.

To register call (410) 837-2323.

Virginia: (Mary Croke)

   Sunday, July 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.


Join Beadazzled in our Woven Leather and Gems Class. You've seen it from your favorite designers and in your favorite catalogs. Now come learn this fun and stylish technique of wrapping lather with a lattice your favorite beads. By the end of the class you'll be experienced in weaving your beads onto leather and creating your own toggle clasp with an feature bead. You'll be able to apply this technique to any number of other accessories, including multi-wrap bracelets, anklets, necklaces and headbands. You'll leave the class addicted and your friends will be begging you to make them one... or more!
Supplies: At least 3 feet of round leather (1.5-2mm is best); enough beads to complete at least a single-strand bracelet (see note); 1 larger feature bead with hole large enough to fit on leather; bead cord (silk, nylon, Nymo, etc) that will fit through your beads at least four times; 1 package twisted wire needles; 1 tube Hypo Cement beading glue. Note on beads: Beads should be even in shape and size. While some size variance will work, the more evenly shaped your beads, the more evenly they will weave and stay together.

 


Chain and BeadsLOST IN THE FOREST BRACELET $30

Baltimore: (Nikki Rose)

  Sunday, August 3, 1:30 - 4:30pm

To register call (410) 837-2323

In this class, you will create a seed bead bracelet that looks like a mini forest in whatever colors your heart desires.  The instructor will teach how to stitch branches and leaves with seed beads, how to adorn the bracelet with gemstone chips, provide an instruction pamphlet with diagrams, explain what knots to use and how to hide them, emphasize durability when finishing the bracelet, and provide samples of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that combine the seed bead branches and leaves with gemstone chips, pendants, stones, crystals, lampwork beads, and many other larger beads.  After learning to stitch seed bead branches and leaves, the possibilities are endless.  With so many ideas and options, you truly will become “lost in the forest!"

Supplies: 2 tubes size 11 seed beads or size 11 delicas in contrasting colors; 1 tube size 6 seed beads or 4x4 cubes; 1 strand gemstone chips; 1 toggle or lobster clasp; 1 spool black or white Fireline thread; 1 size 10 beading needle; knot cutters; Hypo Cement beading glue.



Mixed Media! $35

Washington: (Kathleen Manning) 

   No class scheduled this session.

To register call (202) 265-2323.

Have fun experimenting and incorporating new materials into your bead work.  Basic wire experience a plus, but not necessary.  Tools are provided for use during class.

Supplies: 1 package or pair of earwires; 1 package 6mm jumprings;  assortment of beads; some or all of the following:  leather; hemp; superlon; memory wire; feathers; trim; tassels; old jewelry; buttons; chain.

 


MulitstrandMULTI-STRANDS $35

Prerequisite in all locations: Introduction to Beading class.

       

Washington: (Kathleen Manning)

   No class scheduled this session.

To register call (202) 265-2323

Building on skills learned in Introduction to Beading, students will learn many finishing techniques for multi-strand necklaces and bracelets.  Students may bring as many projects as they like; however, all have to be unfinished and strung on Soft Touch prior to class, using Bead Stoppers to keep beads in place.  Time is allotted during class to purchase finishing pieces.

Supplies: Bring strands pre-strung on Soft Touch to be combined and finished in class, bead stoppers.

Virginia: (Mary Croke)  $30

  Sunday, July 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323


Building on skills learned in Introduction to Beading, learn how to measure and finish your multi-strand project using cones and simple wire working techniques. During this 1-hour session we will be completing your already started multi-strand project.  Therefore prior to class you must have three or more strands of beads prestrung onto Soft Touch.  Please leave at least 3" of cord beyond the beads on each end and bring a few extra beads in case you need to adjust length. 
Supplies: 3 or more strands of beads already strung on Soft Touch  **There will not be time to string during class**; 2 cones; single-strand clasp; 2" headpin; 2 crimps for each strand; 1ft 22ga wire; Optional: 3" large-hole chain.

 

 

 


ONLY EARRINGS! $30

Washington: (Kathleen Manning) 

   No class scheduled this session.

To register call (202) 265-2323.

This is a great, fun class for jewelry makers of all experience levels who want to learn new and creative design ideas for earrings.  Basic wire experience a plus, but not necessary.  Tools will be provided for use during class.

Supplies: one package of earwires; earhoops and/or chandelier findings; one package of headpins; 24ga wire in metal of your choice; one foot of chain; assortment of beads.


PERSIAN FOXTAIL CHAINMAILLE BRACELET $35

Virginia: (Sylvia Butler)    

  Sunday, April 6, 12:20 - 3:30pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.


This class teaches the full Persian or "foxtail" chainmaille weave, with a beaded spin!  Using two chain nose pliers, you will learn how to weave jumprings together to create a slinky, snake-like bracelet. Basic wire skills will be utilized to attach a focal bead of your choice to the center of the piece.  The technique you learn in class will allow you to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings using jumprings of different metals and sizes.  This sturdy technique also makes a wonderful design for men's jewelry!
Supplies
Around 150 8mm jumprings in any finish (exact number you need depends on wrist size and length of focal beads); 1 package 6mm jumprings; 1-3 focal beads for center of bracelet (consider using bead caps and/or spacer beads to accentuate the focal beads); 6 inches 20 gauge wire that matches jumprings; 1 clasp that matches jumprings; 2 chain nose pliers; round nose pliers; wire cutters; beading mat.


PHONETOGRAPHY WORKSHOP I $65

Baltimore: (Cas Webber)

   Sunday, July 20, 2:00 - 5:00pm

To register call (410) 837-2323

 

Join Cas Webber as she teaches you how to photograph your jewelry, beads, craft or any object with the tool you already possess. In this class you will not only learn through hands-on practice how to use your smart phone or tablet as your camera, but you will also learn tips about "how to see", how to use light, how to create strong composition, and how to use the best apps available to capture the perfect detail that your work deserves. Whether you need images to sell your work on various websites, market your work to others, or simply to create a diary of your work, this 3 hour class will teach you that image really does matter.
Supplies: Bring to class one to three items you want to practice photographing, but keep it small, no bigger than 12" x 12".  Pen, paper, phone or tablet.

 


Woven Metal Bracelet

RUSSIAN SPIRAL BANGLE BRACELET $35

Virginia: (René Block)

   No class scheduled this session. 

To register call (703) 848-2323.


This class teaches the Russian spiral technique, which makes a fun and funky beaded rope.  You will leave the class with a finished flexible bangle bracelet, as well as the knowlegde to make more in any color combination you choose!
Supplies:  1 tube of size 2 Czech bugle beads; 1 tube size 11 seed beads; 1 hank of size 15 charlotte seed beads or another tube of size 11 seed beads; size 10 beading needles; 1 spool of size D nymo thread; beeswax; beading mat.



SHAMBALLA BRACELET $30

Baltimore: (Dotsie Mack)  

   No class scheduled this session. 

To register call (410) 837-2323.

Virginia: (Chelle Mohaber)

  No class scheduled this session.

To register call (703) 848-2323.


This trendy look harnesses the spiritual healing properties of gemstones and is the perfect gift for women and MEN!  Students will learn basic knotting techniques to secure stones and other beads into a sleek looking mala style bracelet.  When choosing your stones you should keep in mind that these bracelets are an extension of your personality and also give the opportunity to bring to life the opportunity for change or healing. 
Supplies: 8mm gemstones that fit on Superlon (our staff can help you select a stone perfect for your desires and healing);
1 spool of Superlon in desired color; 1-3 accent beads; 2 smaller beads for the ends of pull strings; wire cutters; beading mat.

 


SPIRAL DNA BRACELET $30

Baltimore : (Nikki Rose)

  Sunday, June 15, 1:30- 4:30pm

  Sunday, August 17, 1:30- 4:30pm
To register call (410) 837-2323.

Your DNA is unique to you and only you.  Your jewelry can have the same attribute.  Become a "beading geneticist" and create bracelets unlike any other.  Use unlimited combinations of colors to create your own spiraling DNA.  In this class, you will create a DNA (a.k.a., spiral rope) bracelet in your choice of two colors.  The instructor, while emphasizing durability and accuracy, will teach the spiral technique in detail, how to hide two types of knots, and how to expertly begin and end the bracelet.  Samples of bracelets and necklaces in varying colors will be provided.  A pamphlet with instructions and diagrams will also be provided.  Once you have created your first DNA bracelet, you will be able to make bracelets, anklets, and necklaces in more than two colors.  The possible color combinations are endless.  After this class, each piece of jewelry you create using the spiral stitch will have its own unique genetic blueprint, or DNA!

Supplies:  1 tube size 11 Czech seed beads or Delicas; 1 tube size 6 Czech seed beads; 1 toggle or lobster clasp; 1 spool Fireline thread size D (or 6 lb.); wire or knot cutters; 1 package of size 10 beading needles.


TUBULAR PEYOTEVirginia: (René Block) $35

   No class scheduled this session. 

To register call (703) 848-2323

Tubular peyote stitch is an exciting beading technique using seed beads.  After learning the basic even-count peyote stitch, students will master the technique of stitching delicas around a cylindrical tool to make a tube with a spiral design in two contrasting delica colors.  The tubular peyote stitch technique can be used for projects such as beaded beads, fringe, bracelets, or whatever else your creative mind can dream up!  *NOTE: Students will begin a tubular stitched project, but will not have a completed project at the end of class.

Supplies:  Cutters; beeswax; beading mat; size 10 needles; 2 tubes of size 11 Japanese Delicas in contrasting colors.


TEEN CLASSES (ages 13 and up)

Virginia: (Rachel Reich)

Supplies: For all of our teen classes, basic supplies are included in the class price. Please provide your child with $5-10 to select a few feature beads to personalize their pieces

Daisy Chain $30

   Wednesday, July 9, 3:00 - 4:30pm

   Wednesday, August 6 3:00 - 4:30pm

An enduring classic, this class introduces how to make daisy chain necklace using small glass seed beads. In thisclass, students will learn the technique to create their own daisy flowers, while being able to choose from an assortment of seed beads of varying colors. Guaranteed to help teens of all ages get in touch with their inner flower power!

 

Shamballa bracelet $30

   Wednesday, July 16, 3:00 - 4:30pm

   Wednesday, August 13, 3:00 - 4:30pm

This is an introductory class for teens. Students will learn basic knotting techniques to secure stones and other beads into a sleek, stylish bracelet. A good introduction for anyone interested in Chinese knotting, or other macramé/braiding techniques. This bracelet is great for the summertime! 

 

Memory Wire Charm Bracelet $30

   Wednesday, July 30, 3:00 - 4:30pm

   Wednesday, August 27, 3:00 - 4:30pm

A class for designed for teens to introduce them to memory wire, a wire often used in bracelets and necklaces that "remembers" its shape. Students will design and create their very own beaded charm bracelets; choosing from a variety of fun beads in varying sizes, shapes, and colors.  A creative way to spend a summer day!

Leather Wrap Bracelet $30

   Wednesday, July 23, 3:00 - 4:30

   Wednesday, August 20, 3:00 - 4:30

Let your teen become a fashionista with their own oh-so-fabulous leather wrap style bracelet. In this class teens learnhow to create a woven bracelet with Japanese cube beads. A fun, stylish, highly addictive technique that will let teens create one of a kind pieces again and again!

 

 

 


 

Woven Metal BraceletVERTICAL NETTING NECKLACE $40

Virginia: (Rachel Reich)

   Sunday, June 15, 9:00am - 12:00pm

   Sunday, August 31, 9:00am - 12:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.


Who doesn't love updating a classic look?  Use a simple beadweaving technique to make an elegant, lacy necklace that can give a vintage feel to any outfit!  You will learn the vertical netting stitch, as well as how to turn it into a stunning piece of jewelry.
Supplies:  100-200 4-6mm beads; 2 tubes of size 11 Delicas; size D nymo thread; size 10 needles; needle threader; 1 yard of fine Soft Touch; one clasp; two crimp beads.

 


VIKING KNIT $40

Suggested Prerequisite: Beginning Wire class, but not required.

Baltimore: (Dotsie Mack)  

   No class this session

To register call (410) 837-2323.


In this class you will learn the Scandinavian Viking technique for weaving wire.  the Viking knit technique will give you the skills to create your own handmade, beautiful bracelets and necklaces out of the metal of your choice.  You will be amazed at the sleek and contemporary look of this technique!
Supplies: 1 package 26ga and 20ga wire in any metal finish; at least 6 beads 5-8mm; Lazee Daisee® viking knit tool; draw plate; nylon jaw pliers; wire cutters; round nose pliers; chain nose pliers.

 


 

WIRE CROCHET $40

Wire Crochet

Virginia: (Emma Moore)

  Saturday, July 19, 9:00 - 11:00am

To register call (703) 848-2323.


Learn the basics of how to crochet with wire. In class, you will create a woven necklace with strands of crocheted wire and beads. Knowing how to crochet is not a prerequisite for taking this class.
Supplies: Large variety of beads in sizes 4-10mm that coordinate with each other or work in a color scheme (no large-holed beads!); 15 yd spool of 28ga wire in a color to complement beads; 2ft 22ga wire; 2 small plain cones (20x6mm); clasp of your choice; round-nose pliers; chain-nose pliers; wire cutters.  Optional: 1 ft of chain.  Crochet hook will be provided for use during class.

 


WIRE RINGS $35

Suggested Prerequisite: Beginning Wire class, but not required.

Wire Rings

Washington: (Kathleen Manning) 

   Sunday, July 20, 9:00 - 11:00am    

To register call (202) 265-2323.


Explore the art of wire wrapped rings using wire, beads and your own creativity.  Students will use a ring mandrel to shape and create at least three different ring styles.
Supplies: 1 ring mandrel, chasing hammer (optional); 1 package each of 12 gauge aluminum wire, 18 gauge wire, 24 gauge wire; 6-8 4 and 6mm beads; 5-10 assorted beads with holes to fit 18 gauge wire.


WIRE RINGS $30

Suggested Prerequisite: Beginning Wire class, but not required.

Baltimore: (Alison Skorko)  

  Saturday, August 30, 11:00am - 1:00pm 

To register call (410) 837-2323.

Virginia: (Sylvia Butler)    

  No class scheduled this session. 

To register call (703) 848-2323.


In this class you will learn three different techniques for making wire rings.  These simple and fun styles will open up the door to turn any bead into a unique ring.  Students will learn the basics for working with a ring mandrel, including forming the wire, sizing, and using a chasing hammer to harden and add texture.
Supplies: 1 package of 16 gauge wire; 2-8mm round beads; one package of 4mm Swarovski crystals in any color; 1 ring mandrel; chasing hammer; chain nose pliers; wire cutters; round nose pliers; file set.

 


Wrapped BraceletWIRE WRAPPED CUFF BRACELET $40

Suggested Prerequisite: Basic wire experience suggested.

    

Virginia: (Emma Moore)

   Saturday, August 9, 9:00 - 11:00am

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Learn new ways of working with precious metal wire in just two hours. You will create a chic cuff bracelet embellished with beads. This is not for the faint of heart! There will be lots of noise and hammering going on as you learn to put the hammer and anvil to good use constructing a sturdy cuff.
Supplies: 2 ft of 14 ga SS or GF wire; 5 ft of 24 ga SS or GF wire; an assortment of 2-6mm crystal, pearls, silver, gold, glass or gemstone beads (more variety will make a more interesting bracelet);, wire cutters, chain and round nose pliers; bench block or anvil; chasing hammer.