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Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery

Course Overview

Bring a favorite North Shore image to class: four-legged, swimmer, winged, rooted, or creepy crawler. You’ll use that image as the subject of your bead embroidery and make your own unique beadwork on felted wool (material provided). Your piece can be made into pin for a wearable work of art, or framed for display. Bead artist Jo Wood will introduce you to her favorite techniques for “painting” with beads. Her goal is to demystify the basic materials and process of bead embroidery. While working with bead colors and textures, you will also learn some simple principals of composition, transferring patterns, and how to add depth & dimension to your work. This workshop is for all skill levels, those new to beading on fabric as well as for those wishing to explore the use of beads in their needle arts. The use of beads has spanned cultures across the globe for more than 6000 years. Learn how this traditional needle art can be used in an innovative way. Come join us for a fun and relaxed creative experience and learn a new skill for your future projects.


Sat, Jun 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 10th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $215.00
Includes materials fee of $25.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

1    A flower or fauna image to use for your bead embroidery design. You can bring a few  but you’ll have to choose one. A printed photograph, picture from a magazine, or drawing will do. Electronic images do not work well for this class. 

2    Beads- seed beads in size 10 to 15 . Bring 8 or more colors. Choose a variety of surface finishes (opaque, matte, transparent, silver-lined, etc.) that work with your image. Smaller and larger of the same color is also helpful but not required.

3   Scissors (small, sharp) (available for purchase @ North House School Store 888-387-9762)

4   Reading glasses if you need them or magnification if that helps

5   Bead Tray or beading blanket

6   Samples of your needle art that you would like to share with the group

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.