Upcoming Meetings


Our March 13th Speaker
David Horste

David V. Horste is a lapidary artist living in Portland, Oregon.  I started making jewelry when I was 8 years old, began cutting and polishing stones when I was 10, and learned basic silversmithing when I was 12.  I have been doing lapidary work full time since 1992.  I’ve always loved stones and I especially love designing focal beads using unusual gemstones as well as found objects.  My beads can be worn alone on a chain or cable as a pendant or can be incorporated into more elaborate designer necklaces.  I also make a lot of cabochons (cabs) for the jewelry designer to work with.

I’ve been a Powerseller on eBay since 2000 and have been selling my work on Etsy since 2009.  I’m pleased to finally have my own shopping cart in my website with my complete inventory available for online purchase directly from me.   My office manager Susan and I look forward to supplying your bead and cabochon needs for years to come.

I have a vast inventory of unusual rough to work with so if you want something in particular that you don’t see here in the store don’t hesitate to contact me directly at dvhdesigns@gmail.com.  Follow me on Facebook at DVHdesigns Custom Cut Beads to see what I’m up to in the studio!


Our April 13th Speaker

Amee Sweet-McNamera

Amee Runs with Scissors is a Woman-Owned-and-Operated company, actively seeking out and employing women interested in pursuing careers in the visual arts. Amee aspires to encourage their Individual Creative Spirits while fostering a solid understanding of Business Principles.

An Amee Runs with Scissors Woman laughs with her head thrown back and greets her friends with her arms thrown wide.

Are you an Amee Runs with Scissors Woman?

See many wonderful designs by Amee at her website: AmeeRunsWithScissors


 May 19, 2019

Beki Haley

Beki Haley has been in love with beads for over 40 years now. She was introduced to the amazing art form of seed bead weaving by her grandmother when she was a child. That early start in exploring the intricacy and fine detail that can be attained with seed beads has stayed with Beki throughout her life. Even as a young teen, Beki loved teaching others all the beautiful things that can be created with beads. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in several different venues from large auditorium settings to intimate one-on-one classes and everything in between.

Training as a classic silversmith at a young age gave Beki an appreciation and understanding of the art and beauty of jewelry design. Beki uses those formal skills to teach the technical aspects of jewelry design. In her classes, the students learn the importance of attention to detail and craftsmanship while exploring their natural creativity. Her love of beads led Beki to open her own bead store, Out On A Whim, in 1986. With her husband, four children, several animals, and days filled with beads, Beki’s life is complete. During any stressful time in her life, Beki 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. Sharing that joy by teaching others how to create with beads is a blessing beyond measure.

Learn more about Beki from her Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/beki.haley

info@BeadersDreamRetreat.com


Our June 15th Speaker

Cindy Holsclaw

Cindy Holsclaw has dabbled in crafts for longer than she can remember, but she’s always been most fond of geometric structures. After many years of exploring these mathematical forms in modular origami, in 2006 she learned that these structures could also be made with beads. From then on, she was hooked! In 2009 Cindy started writing patterns for her own beading designs, and in 2012 she dove into designing and teaching beadwork full-time.

With a background in academia and a doctorate in biochemistry, Cindy takes an analytical approach to her design style; she likes exploring different bead shapes and variations on the established beading techniques, and she’s constantly thinking of new ways to put beads together. Biochemistry and mathematics continue to inspire her and often show up in her finished work. As an educator, Cindy challenges her students to learn something new in every class, while giving them the tools they need through her very detailed beading patterns.

In 2015 Cindy was named Designer of the Year by Beadwork Magazine, and a series of her beading videos were published by Interweave in the same year. Cindy has taught at the Bead & Button, Bead Fest, and BABE! shows as well as at several bead stores and bead societies around the country. When not on the road, Cindy makes her home in San Diego, California with her musician husband and baby daughter.

See Cindy’s wide variety of beaded jewelry at her website: www.beadorigami.com

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