Betty Stephan will give you a new way to look at beads!

If you think ‘bead embroidery’, what do you envision? A decorative applique for clothes? An embellishment on a quilt or other needlework surface? How about a pendant or bracelet? Guess what – they are all right!

Betty Stephan takes bead embroidery to the next level through her application of beads in conjunction with findings and other embellishments to create pendants, bracelets and components. In each of her three upcoming classes at BeadFX, she will show and inspire you to, not only try bead embroidery, but to experiment and take it outside of the proverbial ‘box’ to do even more.

Betty’s classes are for all levels of experience – from complete novice to heavy-duty enthusiast. Each project will give you a little something different as a focus, but all are very do-able and very wearable! Best of all, each class has an early bird registration special and the class fee includes everything you need to complete the project!


Here are Betty Stephan’s classes at BeadFX:

Enchanted Bracelet and Components
Friday, November 3; 10:00am – 5:00pm

The round components in this bracelet are a marriage of bead embroidery and bead weaving, beginning with a bead embroidered base, then beads are woven in layers to give more dimension – the connectors are the second component. Kits/instructions will be provided for the bracelets – with additional beads available to create a necklace, cuff bracelet, pendant and/or earrings by combining these components in different ways.

The class will cover how to make and join these components together to create the pictured bracelet – but we will also be discussing how to make different pieces from joining components and tips on layout and design. Techniques include bead embroidery stitches, layered beadweaving/bead embroidery, unique edging with O beads, and how to make a beaded toggle clasp. You will complete at least one of each component in class.

Class fee: $260 + HST, includes your project materials – approximate $98 value. Colour choices will be available. Optional add-ons will be available from the instructor at an approximate cost between $15 to $22 CAD. Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 for only $242 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price.


Night Music Cuff Bracelet
Saturday, November 4; 10:00am – 5:00pm

This beautifully elegant and textured bead embroidered bracelet is created using velvet ribbon and gold braiding as a base – making it much less difficult to make than it appears! The rhinestone cup chain adds some sparkle and this cuff will be a favorite to wear out on-the-town or for everyday casual.

Several different bead embroidery stitches will be taught, as well as bead weaving a strip and attaching it to the cuff for a 3 dimensional effect. The students will learn how to securely attach cup chain and how to use ribbon and braiding both as a stitching guide and as an embellishment. The cuff will not be completed in class but you will have all of the knowledge necessary to complete it at home.

Class fee: $255 + HST, includes your project materials – approximate $91 value. Colour choices will be available. Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 for only $235 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price.

Dreamer Necklace
Sunday, November 5; 10:00am – 5:00pm

This necklace combines metal findings and glass beads to create a stunning statement piece that is a nice wearable size. The pendant hangs from a pretty flowered pattern chain made from MiniDuos and seed beads. MiniDuo flowers are layered onto both a large metal flower on the pendant and a metal leaf that hangs below which have both been hand-painted to coordinate with the color scheme.

You will learn how to make a pretty neck chain by weaving MiniDuo beads and seed beads; how to weave two different flower components and attach them to metal findings; several bead embroidery stitches; and how to make a beaded toggle clasp. The project will not be completed in class; however, you will have all the information to complete the necklace at home.

Class fee: $255 + HST, includes your project materials – approximate $91 value. Colour choices will be available. Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 for only $235 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price.

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