Fantastic Fiber-art Jewelry
With Suzan Lazear
Oct 9, 4:00-6:00pm CDT & Oct 10, 4:00-6:00pm CDT
Create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry using beads you make with fiber, yarn, and fabric. Because you craft the beads with your own hands and raw materials, the jewelry you create will be uniquely you, reflecting your personality and taste.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.
Do you have left-over fiber, yarns, fabric scraps? Basic crochet skills? Why not try your hand at transforming them into fiber-art jewelry?
This hands-on class covers the types of yarn-related beads and trims you can create. In the first session, you will learn techniques and ideas which allow you to build a variety of beads and spacers. The focus of the second session will be techniques for stringing together and building necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with your fiber-art beads.
Note: You don’t need everything listed below . . . it just depends what you want to make.
Susan has also provided a printable supply list. To see that please follow this link; https://stitches.events/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/SupplyList_v9401_Lazear_921.pdf
To Create the Beads
• Wool fiber and/or yarn (yarn ideally should be loosely spun)
• Access to hot water, coffee mug, soap
• Yarn to crochet small flowers (cotton is good)
• Various small bits of yarn (novelty and basic)
• Small bits of fabric – 3” wide minimum
• #6 glass beads, pony beads, or similar; must have a hole large enough to thread onto your cord
• Smaller beads for embellishing your creations
• Wood beads, round, or square (see resources below)
• Plastic or hard paper or protective surface
• Craft paint (optional, but can be used to paint wood beads) and brush; OR you can use nail polish
• Sealer for painted bead (clear nail polish works)
• Glue (fabric glue is ideal)
• Plastic straws with wide opening (in order to string); we will cover them.
Bead Sources on Amazon
The following links are examples. You might be able to find at Michaels
To String your Necklace/Bracelet/Earrings
Note: You may wait to determine which findings you want until you finish your jewelry. Your preferred bead style will direct you to the correct findings.
Jewelry kits are available which have many things we will use e.g.
• Findings for Jewelry Making: Necklace Clasp, Beading Wire (SoftFlex or Beadalon), Crimping Beads and Flat-Nose Pliers or other jewelry pliers.
• Long Sharp needles (eye must be able to go through beads)
Beading needles (if you are using the finer beads to embellish)
• Crochet Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Crochet hooks of various sizes