Beadwork artist Nancy Cain returns to BeadFX

We’re delighted to have Nancy Cain return to BeadFX for three exciting beadwork classes!

“Beading is my handcraft. It is a way of thinking and living. It is a process that is deeply satisfying.

“I have always been fascinated with handcrafts, whether it was clay, paper, buttons, fabric or simply found objects. I studied art in college and worked as a graphic artist for 16 years all the while exploring various handcraft techniques. I found my artistic niche in beads. I enjoy delving into beads mentally and physically depending on the circumstances. My favorite stitch is peyote and over the years I have only added two other stitches, netting then herringbone. I like to call these three stitches sister-stitches since they transition from one stitch to the other effortlessly.

“Teaching is a journey for me as well. Each class is different even with the same project. My focus is heavily about the process a piece takes. In art, the artist explores the process and the product or finished piece is the result of that exploration. For me, the process, whether mentally or physically is thrilling, frustrating, challenging and where the real bead joy is. It is the journey. When I am teaching a class, I get to view the process again through fresh eyes. We can reconstruction it as is or deconstruct it by looking at the process, delving below its surface and learn new lessons from it. The direction and depth of a class can be varied: the more inquisitive the class, the more detailed the ideas of process can get. It is a spontaneous journey we can take together.”

Join Nancy at her classes:

Friday, March 20
10:00am – 5:00pm
Class Fee: $175 + HST
Skill Level: Intermediate

Bellissima means beautiful in Italian. It is the feminine form of the adjective bella meaning beautiful, but when you add -issima to the end of an adjective in Italian, it intensifies the meaning.

My muse for this project was to make something that was elegant and sophisticated with a large Swarovski stone for visual impact and specific beads for textural effect. The 25x18mm center jewel is made with an open bezel so the color flashes out the sides of the beadwork. Each individual connected arch component is created with odd-count peyote with Pinch-in-the-Ditch and edged with Swarovski crystal beads. The articulated arches flex around your wrist for a comfortable fit.

Saturday, March 21

10:00am – 5:00pm
Class Fee: $175 + HST
Skill Level: Intermediate

Native Americans have a deep connection to feathers. When a feather falls to earth, they believe it carries all of the energy of its former attachment on a bird to a living being. Feathers are perceived as gifts from the sky, the sea and the trees. Feathers arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose as they are inextricably tied to the belief that birds, as spirit guides, walk through different stages of life with a person, teaching and guiding them, and in some instances protecting them.

My Feathers necklace is made with circular peyote creating a unique open sided bezel for the Swarovski stones in the pendant portion and tubular Chenille stitch for the rope. The fringed feathers will help the students understand the inherent issues with flat peyote regarding twists and curling.

St. Lucia
Sunday, March 22
10:00am – 5:00pm
Class Fee: $175 + HST
Skill Level: Intermediate

In Italian the meaning of the name Lucia is: Graceful Light. It comes from the Latin word Lux (Light). Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. For many, many years Lucia has brought faith, hope, and a reason to believe in good things to come.

My Lucia necklace is a lantern of Swarovski light made in tubular peyote with my Pinch-in-the-Ditch technique. Strands of delicate fringe hang beneath. The long rope is made with a classic Chenille stitch.

Click on the class title to see complete information including materials to bring to class, prerequisite knowledge, and on-line registration.

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