Judy Joiner bead workshop

On 15 June nine members gathered to enjoy an in-house workshop called “An Introduction to Bead Embroidery” run by member Judy Joiner.

Judy had bought along examples of her work for our inspiration including brooches, pinwheels,  bracelets, a needlecase and scissor cases.

We were encouraged to make either a brooch or a pinwheel. We each started with a central cabochon and after  Judy had shown us how to anchor it with the first row of beads, we then added further rows of beads. Using various types and sizes resulted in some very different final effects.

Throughout the day Judy gave us demonstrations on  various  techniques. She included  information on the many different types and sizes  of beads,  showing us examples and outlining the difference between Japanese and Czech beads, Delica and Seed beads. We also learnt a useful tip of how to identify the size of your seed beads. Useful for when you have decanted them from the tube you originally bought them in.
Amongst the nine of us only 5 types of cabochons were used but the resulting  11 pieces were quite different. See the photo taken at the end of the workshop.

All in all a very satisfying workshop from which we all went home with an almost finished item !!
Thank you  Judy for agreeing to run this workshop and passing on your knowledge and enthusiasm for bead embroidery of with us.

Report and photos by Vernice C

Thank you Vernice!  Ros

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