New Group Correspondence Course on Beading: Baby Steps with Gwen Nelson

Baby Steps with Gwen Nelson

Our Education Department has added a new course to our selection of Group Correspondence Courses: Baby Steps with Gwen Nelson.

The Group Correspondence Course, “Baby Steps Toward Master Craftsman in Beading,” was first written for the 2018-2021 EGA President Janet Noble to be a part of her Outreach Program.

There are five beading techniques that must be demonstrated to receive certificates in the Master Craftsman Program in Beading. The five techniques are Square Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Even Count Peyote Stitch, Bead Embroidery, and Right-Angle Weave. This GCC includes very simplified lessons in the five techniques.

Three of the beaded pieces are typical tools for embroiderers. The pieces are a scissor fob (Herringbone Stitch), a scissor case (Square Stitch and Bead Embroidery), and a needle case (Peyote). The fourth piece is a beaded bangle bracelet (Right Angle Weave Stitch). A bracelet was chosen for the last piece because every beader should have at least one bracelet that the person beaded!

The student will be using size 110 Delica beads, sizes 150 and 110 seed beads, Cabochons, bicones, flat back sequins or Lochroses, and bugles. The student may select the color for each piece. There are also other items used in the project. They are a small chain, round decorative premade beads, three small stars, Ultrasuede, cotton fabric, Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, two-sided fusible adhesive, wooden needle case, and a round, plain bangle bracelet.

The lessons are just a starting point. It is hoped that these few lessons will inspire the beader to “dig deeper” into each technique.

Registration for this course is currently available to groups. There is a $200 fee per group, and each student in the group pays $35 for their text.

Gather your favorite stitchers, make a group and sign up! If you are interested in registering for this Group Correspondence Course, you  can learn more about the process and download the registration form from our Group Correspondence Course page.

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