Upcoming Meetings

What’s Happening in 2020
 
Upcoming Programs and Classes in 2020

Saturday May 16
Open Beading / Stitch Clinic at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am

Saturday May 23
Kinga Nichols class CRABBY CALIFORNIA at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00
Sunday May 24
Kinga Nichols class SISSI at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00

Saturday June 20
Cindy Holsclaw presentation TBD at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am
Sunday June 21
Cindy Holsclaw class COMPASS ROSE  at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00

Saturday August 15
Open Beading / Stitch Clinic at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am

Saturday September 19
Open Beading / Stitch Clinic at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am

Saturday October 17
Nikia Angel presentation at the JCC La Jolla doors open at 10:am
Sunday October 18
Nikia Angel class TBD at the JCC La Jolla 10:00 – 4:00

November 21
Annual Pot Luck, Party and AUCTION!

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A Mini Retreat for May 23 & 24, 2020
with Kinga Nichols.

Kinga Nichols was born in 1980, in Hungary. At 19, she packed up her life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Paul Nichols and furbabies Samantha Regina Nichols and Karl Friedrich Barx. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well. Many of Kinga’s best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.

One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started turning into a career when she was painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but  she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a bead and Button magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the obsession took over. 

After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery. 

Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith, quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting 3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and a book feature in Marcia Decoster Presents, 2014. In 2015 she won first place in the crystal category in BeadDreams. She has done a number of instructional bead embroidery videos for Interweave publishing in 2016 and 2017, and has been featured in magazines in the US and Europe.

 In 2013 she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a magical place filled with endless possibilities.

website: Crimson Frog Designs


Our speaker for June 20, 2020
will be 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.

website:  BeadOrigami.com