Sunday, September 23, 2012

Intro to Odd Count Peyote: The Stackables Class

Three separate rings | Stacked
Many bead weavers go through a very long time working in peyote without ever experiencing Odd Count Peyote.  For the simple reason that you have to perfect what many call the "funny turn", and which I have recently called the "Double U Turn".  However, Odd Count Peyote is very important in that it allows you to create a piece that is ideal for rings and bracelets especially with patterns and designs. 
In this case, you will be creating a ring that is seven beads wide and will learn to quickly add rows to your base.  We will be using the beautiful Size 11 Delicas from our Miyuki range and you will have enough material to create two distinctly different rings.  You can make a whole range of these Stackables and then mix and match them according to your mood and palette. 
This class is definitely an ideal introduction for those of you who are taking the Tarachi Bint Yagout Earrings Class this coming Saturday September 29.  As we will be creating a link with the triangle beads in odd count peyote. 

The kits are currently available at the shop for registration and pre-selection.  

Date:  September 25 Tuesday
Time:  10:00am- 12:30pm
Technique:  Odd Count Peyote
Level:  Beginners / Foundational
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 ( Side Basement Entrance) 
Created and led by:  Lubna with support by Bettina 
For more information you can send us an email at or contact us at 2261-0686.
The shop opening hours are 
Saturdays -Thursdays
9:30am-1:00pm and 5:00pm-9:30pm

NOTE:  The class will also be offered on Wednesday, September 26 in the evening. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kashmiri Dreams Choker Class Rescheduled to this Saturday September 15

Essence of Kashmir Collection | Choker
Many people have wonderful opportunities to experience travel in the physical sense exploring peoples, tastes, senses, landscapes and cultures.  Sometimes though, we get to travel to imaginary destinations through our readings, books, images, museums and programs such as documentaries and television.  In this case, Bettina has always had a fascination with the lands and people of Kashmir.  It began with her Kashmiri Dreams Bracelet and has continued and articulated itself through visits to special collections, looking at textiles and fabrics and images. 
A visit to a museum in Dubai along with a photograph that a colleague had sent her triggered the expression that has culminated in a collection called "The Essence Of Kashmir" and this Kashmiri Choker in single drop peyote and with special findings and embellishing.  What is beautiful about this journey is the intercultural and intra-cultural conversations that ensue from utilizing the exquisite Magatama beads of Miyuki that echo the ever popular paisley motif which symbolizes life and abundance amongst other meanings. 
You will learn to incorporate stringing with off loom weaving in a simple yet rich design and can be explored in different modes once you master this project.
Come join us this Saturday as we take a trip to the verdant and powerful landscapes and culture of Kashmir. There will be two colorways that you can choose from and you can pre-register at the shop until Thursday evening.  For more information you can contact the shop at 2261-0686 or visit

Date:  September 15, 2012
Time:  9:30am- 1:30pm
Technique:  Peyote, Embellishing, Fringing and Stringing
Level:  All Levels / Foundational 
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)