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2021 Meetings & Teachers

Below is a list of our upcoming beading teachers for 2021. For a list of Kandi Program classes, please go here instead.

January – (no meeting — brand/website update)
FebruaryAlexandra Sydorenko
MarchIsabella Lam
April Sabine Lippert
May – Jayshree Paramesh
June – Special guest lecture with Teresa Sullivan
July – Nancy Cain
August – Shova Bevan
September – Cindy Holsclaw, Shona Bevan
October – Kim Stathis
November – TBA
December – (no meeting)

Meet our teachers

Alexandra Sydorenko

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Alexandra was born and raised in Ukraine. When Alexandra was about six years old, she saw a magnificent beaded herdan made by her great-grandmother Anastasia. Instantly falling in love with this beaded treasure, she decided to learn how to make this kind of jewelry herself.

A little over fifteen years ago Alexandra went through a series of unexpected events that led her to start combining beads, leather, and semiprecious gemstones. This revelation was nothing short of a miracle for her. A year later she decided to enter a beading contest and, to her utmost surprise, the first piece she ever submitted won! She has since accumulated over the years both national and international victories and publications in US, Ukrainian, British, and German magazines. She had her pieces modeled on a runway. A few of her necklace creations spent a year on exhibit at the TOHO Museum in Japan, and two others were featured in Creative Beading, Volumes 9 &10.

Alexandra says: “The most frequent question I get is what was my inspiration for a particular piece? At first, I thought the answer was simple, as most of my pieces were inspired by nature. But with time I understood that my sources of inspiration range from music to architecture, from the colors in famous paintings to emotions. Very often it is also the case that I am simply and deeply inspired by the unique designs of the cabochons I work with. So, when I am now asked about my inspiration, I say that it’s the manifestation of life in all of its various forms. In my work I always strive to select the highest quality materials. Some of the combinations may seem odd and unexpected, but I take care to merge the shapes, colors, and textures that will best express my ideas. I work with seed beads, fine semi-precious stones, gorgeous Swarovski crystals, leather, silks, soutache, gold and silver wires, hand painted cabs and so on. I am always open-minded to using new items and to introducing elements from other crafts which I have experience with.”

Alexandra teaches beading classes at US bead shops, at bead shows, on Zoom and sometimes internationally.


Isabella Lam

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Website: www.isabellalam.com

Etsy Shop: : www.etsy.com/shop/bead4me


Sabine Lippert

Website: TryToBead

Born in 1967, right in the “summer of love” , I guess it was my fate to become a beader one day. As usual an artists way is never straight, so I had a career as a physician first, but crafting and needleworks have always been my passion. There is no better feeling than creating something beautiful with your own hands! Getting technical skills from my father, an engineer, it was my mother who infected me with her love to the decorative things in life. She showed me and my sister the first basics for knitting, crochet or embroidery and I remember us doing one crafting frenzy after the other! Some years ago I discovered my first quality beads in la local bead store at my hometown and I did nothing else then beading since then. One idea is creating the next in my mind, new bead shapes keep coming and so it never seems to end. In 2009 my first book was published in Germany “Das Perlenkochbuch”, and now in 2012 the first book “Sabine Lippert’s beaded fantasies” is published in the States. Since October 2011 I am a self employed bead-artist and made my passion become my profession.