Keeping in Shape with Gwen Nelson

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Keeping in Shape

Use various beading techniques to create to make geometric shapes!

Our Group Correspondence Course Keeping in Shape was originally called Keeping in Shape with EGA. Teacher Gwen Nelson designed this for the region directors to bead and submit for the live auction at the 2009 EGA National Seminar. The thirteen three-dimensional geometric pieces represent the thirteen EGA regions.

The student uses various techniques to make the geometric shapes. Among the techniques are circular and flat peyote to make some of the pieces. The student will also use the herringbone stitch to shape other pieces. Some of the pieces include a combination of beading techniques. The finished necklace includes an assortment of triangles, circles, rectangular solids, cylinders, and cubes. The strap is a spiral rope of seed beads and Swarovski crystals. Embellishments include Swarovski crystals and rondelles.

More about Keeping in Shape

  • Class Details

    Project: Beaded necklace
    Size: 16 1/2” long (Student may adjust the length to fit the wearer)
    Colors: Black and Silver (Student may change the colors)
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Beading experience
    Time: Eight Months (seven lessons)
    Fee per group: $200
    Text: $27; 60 pages, including color photos and diagrams.
    Supplies: Approximately $60.00; variety of seed, cube, and Swarovski beads, either Nymo thread or Fireline; beading needles; small amount of quilt batting; flexible tubing

  • About teacher Gwen Nelson

    Gwen T. Nelson joined The Embroiderers’ Guild of America in 1997.  She is a member of the Louisville Chapter and a member of National Embroidery Teachers’ Association. She has served as the Tennessee Valley Region Director for four years, has chaired two region seminars and has served as the EGA national president. Gwen has been designing and teaching beaded pieces since 2000. She has taught both at the EGA chapter and region levels and at other venues outside of EGA. Gwen designed the pieces that were beaded by the thirteen region directors for the live auctions at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 EGA national seminars and the pieces that were donated by the EGA executive committee for the auction at the 2013 and 2014 national seminars. She also designed the 2013 national seminar logo beaded pin.

    Gwen Nelson has been a teacher, Personnel Director for Jefferson County (KY) Government and a high school principal. Gwen has her doctorate In Administration and Finance from the University of Louisville.

  • More about our Group Correspondence Courses and GCC Lightning Rounds

    Visit our Group Correspondence Courses page for the registration form and for more information on how our GCCs work.

    Our GCC Lightning Rounds are three or four of our Group Correspondence Courses that have been hand-picked by our Education Department and made available for individual EGA members to register without a group for a limited time. Visit our GCC Lightning Rounds page to see which courses are available this quarter!

     There are no refunds for course or text fees so make your selection carefully.