Our October 21 Speaker: Betty Stephan
Topic: “Gallery of Beaded Collars and
How They Were Created”
Betty Stephan is an accomplished bead artist whose work focuses on bead embroidery. She has won numerous international awards for her bead embroidery, including the prestigious Bead Dreams contest, and her work has been published in several books and publications. Betty’s necklace “Cathedral Windows” is pictured on the cover of 500 Beaded Jewelry, and she was one of thirty featured artists in the book Marcia DeCoster Presents.
Students in her classes always remark that Betty’s classes are focused on learning, but at the same time they are relaxed and a lot of fun. Her years of beading and teaching experience and the detailed, illustrated instructions provide the guidance needed to finish her beautiful class projects.
When not teaching or designing jewelry in her western New York studio, Betty and her husband travel around the country in their RV — which is fully equipped so Betty can bead as she goes!
Over the years, Betty has created about 100 beaded collars, and her presentation for us will showcase a selection of these collars — with many of them shown on “real people” at art shows, etc. — to show how she incorporates scale and wearability into her designs. Betty will talk about the background of these collars, as well as her process in bringing them from conception to finished pieces.
If you’d like to learn more about Betty and her designs before her presentation, please visit her website at: