Keeping in Shape


Lightning Rounds are four rotating courses that are offered quarterly for all EGA members to register for without a group.  This is particularly favorable for Members-At-Large and small EGA chapters that have difficulty filling a larger group in order to take a Group Correspondence Course.



Keeping in Shape was originally called Keeping in Shape with EGA. The teacher 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.

Teacher: Gwen Nelson

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)

Supplies: Approximately $50.00; variety of seed, cube, and Swarovski beads, either Nymo thread or Fireline; beading needles; small amount of quilt batting; flexible tubing

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Beading experience

Time: Eight Months (seven lessons)

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $25; 60 pages, including color photos and diagrams.

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