Bezelling a Cabochon 101 – Simple but effective!

Course outline: Have you ever wanted to bezel a cabochon, but didn’t really know how? If so, this class with Anne Marie Desaulniers is for you! We will focus on learning how to make a peyote stitch bezel around a flat cabochon. The next steps will include bead embroidery, backing, and edging combinations. Decisions will need to be made on how to finish off the piece. Pendant, and brooch construction will be discussed. This is a building block, and not an intuitive class! Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort with a needle …

Stitch Meditations – Exploring the Zen of Fibre, Thread and Beads

Course outline: Have you been saving up scraps of fabrics, and embellishments? Are you interested in taking a more meditative approach to stitch? Learn to make a series of small art pieces, that include recycled items, forgotten projects, fibre, hand and bead embroidery. Finished pieces, could be used to make cards, framed, or even joined together to make a larger piece. Finishing options will be discussed. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort with a needle and thread would be an asset, but not entirely necessary. Technique: A relaxing, meditative approach to simple hand, and bead embroidery. Bring to class: Scissors, …

Needle Felted Landscapes: Pendants and Brooches

Course outline: As featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Belle Amoire Jewelery, Anne Marie Desaulniers will help you turn a little time into the fantasy landscape of your choice. We will be exploring needle felting, hand, and bead embroidery in this tasty little class. Working in this smaller format, takes a lot of the actual work out of making the project. Create your own magical little world, in a few short hours. You should be able to complete your project in the time allotted. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Must be able to work with wool, and also be …

Concrete and Candy: Exploring Artist’s Concrete

Course outline: As featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Belle Amoire Jewelery, Anne Marie Desaulniers will take you on an exploratory journey: learning how to use this versatile new medium, while reviewing many of the experimental options available, to take your art/jewellery to the next level. Its fun, addictive, and like candy, one piece will never be enough! I will take you through the mixing, pouring, colouring, inclusion, and curing stages to help you get a better understanding of how to use this product in your work. Suitable bezels, molds, forms, wire, metalwork, and types of inclusions, will also …

Creating with Quick Cure Clay: Pendants & Cabochons

Course outline: Join Anne Marie Desaulniers to create, and experiment with Quick Cure Clay. Learn how to use this new medium, while making fabulous pendants, &/or cabochons. Cure the clay in minutes, with a simple heat tool! Decorate before, or after curing, while utilizing mixed media supplies, that you probably already have in your toolbox. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of techniques, including filling a metal bezel, freeform techniques, and working with silicone molds. Let’s make some art! Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Learning how to work with Quick Cure Clay Bring to class: Quick Cure Clay …

Amulet Pouch Necklace: Stitch + Beads

Course outline: Build a spectacular, fabric-based amulet pouch necklace, that includes stitch, and freeform peyote beading. It will be built on a scrap fabric, collage base, then embellished with simple embroidery stitches, freeform peyote, and/or other stitches. The freeform is optional, as you could also embellish with buttons, or a beaded fringe. Choose to draft your own amulet pouch shape, or use one of the instructors sample designs. Finish with chain, gemstone chain, silk string/cord, leather, Kumihimo, or your own wire-wrapped chain. Plan to use your amulet pouch to hold sacred objects, valued treasures, tiny stones, notes, special mementos, or …

Mixed Media Tags: Stitch, Bead and Paint!

Course outline: Join Anne Marie Desaulniers and play around with a new idea! Mix up your media, and end up with a fabulous art tag! We will be working on a combination of techniques, that include bead embroidery, fabric, paper, collage, simple stitching, painting, and stamping. Use one, or all of these techniques to design a perfect little piece of art! Use these tags for gift giving, framing, hanging on your holiday tree, or just admiring on your personal design wall. It’s all about design & technique, but don’t tell anyone, because it’s also a lot of fun! Relax, and …

Capture your style: Bead Embroidered Buttons

Course outline: Recycle a piece of history, and make a few memories, by covering, and then bead embroidering a family button, or two. The focus will be on large, shank type buttons, but smaller, and flatter buttons could be used as well. Frame them, dress up something special, or use them as closures for a favourite bead weaving piece! Definitely not machine washable, but you can buy special pins, to make them removable (for clothing purposes). A special way to turn the ordinary, into the extraordinary! Fast, simple, and oh so satisfying! I guarantee that you will not be able …

Concrete and Candy: Exploring Artist’s Concrete

Course outline: As featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Belle Amoire Jewelery, Anne Marie Desaulniers will take you on an exploratory journey: learning how to use this versatile new medium, while reviewing many of the experimental options available, to take your art/jewellery to the next level. Its fun, addictive, and like candy, one piece will never be enough! I will take you through the mixing, pouring, colouring, inclusion, and curing stages to help you get a better understanding of how to use this product in your work. Suitable bezels, molds, forms, wire, metalwork, and types of inclusions, will also …

Needle Felted Landscapes: Pendants and Brooches

Course outline: As featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Belle Amoire Jewelery, Anne Marie Desaulniers will help you turn a little time into the fantasy landscape of your choice. We will be exploring needle felting, hand, and bead embroidery in this tasty little class. Working in this smaller format, takes a lot of the actual work out of making the project. Create your own magical little world, in a few short hours. You should be able to complete your project in the time allotted. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Must be able to work with wool, and also be …