Meet Our New Instructors!

After a short hiatus from classes for the holiday season, they’re now back & better than ever! Our Spring 2017 class season not only includes a wide range of new classes, but also a great group of new instructors! Allow us to introduce you to a few of our newest team members:

Carol Bernau 

Carol’s true love is weaving seed beads, because seed beads show endless possible permutations of color, shape, texture, and reflection of light. Join her in learning a new seed bead weaving technique in her Friday, April 21st class, Herringbone Weave Bracelet.

 

 

Jen Laursen

Inspired by the beautiful leatherwork from Mexico, 6 years ago Jen went on a quest to teach herself this time-honored tradition. She now teaches private lessons and group workshops to kids and adults, and loves every minute! Jen’s Leather Punched Jewelry class is coming up on Thursday, March 16th.

 

Elizabeth McKinley

Elizabeth is a Registered Yoga Teacher and teaches groups and individuals yoga and meditation, emphasizing the body-mind-spirit connection. Join Elizabeth for Malas & Meditations on Saturday, March 11th and explore mantras and methods of meditation using a mala you will create in class!

 

Rae Rodriguez

Rae has been designing jewelry for over 18 years, and she finds metal clay fascinating in many ways — and also very fun to teach! Join her Saturday, March 18th for her Intro to Metal Clay class, where students will explore molding, forming, and firing this amazing material.

 


Joe Silvera

A master jewelry with over 25 years of jewelry and teaching experience, Joe’s classes provide a great foundation in the fundamental skills of jewelry, mixed with laughter and creativity. On Saturday, March 11th, Joe will be hosting his Saw, Hammer, & Rivet class — a great introduction class that demonstrates how to use a jeweler’s saw, hammering techniques, riveting, and polishing by hand.

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(K)NOT Your Average Jewelry

The technique of knotting between beads (most often pearls) has been used practically since the dawn of jewelry-making; not only does it provide attractive spacing and prevent beads from rubbing up against one another, but it also prevents more than one bead from getting lost if/when the jewelry pieces breaks. We love adding knots to the jewelry we create here at Blue Door Beads, and we are always intrigued by the incredibly unique (and often amazingly complex) jewelry designs people can come up with by using just a few well-placed knots! We teach a knotting class here at the shop in which students learn to create not only decorative knots, but functional knots as well. The possibilities are endless when it comes to knotting, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite knot-based designs with you. Enjoy!

We love the simplicity of these knotted bracelets! Photo courtesy of The Bead Gallery in Honolulu. Photo courtesy of The Bead Gallery in Honolulu.

We love the simplicity of these knotted bracelets! Photo courtesy of The Bead Gallery in Honolulu. Photo courtesy of The Bead Gallery in Honolulu.

This lovely gemstone necklace was knotted in a traditional style, with knots between every bead. Photo courtesy of www.sundancecatalog.com

This lovely gemstone necklace was knotted in a traditional style, with knots between every bead. Photo courtesy of http://www.sundancecatalog.com

A close-up of the Sundance gemstone necklace.

A close-up of the Sundance Catalog gemstone necklace.

This incredible micro-macrame bracelet includes prehenite and rhodochrosite accents. Photo courtesy of www.andtoad.com

This incredible micro-macrame bracelet includes prehenite and rhodochrosite accents. Photo courtesy of http://www.andtoad.com

We are always in awe of folks who create intricate, lace-like micro-macrame designs like these. Gorgeous! Photo courtesy of www.thebeadingyogini.com

We are always in awe of folks who create intricate, lace-like micro-macrame designs like these. Gorgeous! Photo courtesy of http://www.thebeadingyogini.com

Amazing earrings! Photo courtesy of www.micro-macramejewelry.com

Amazing earrings! Photo courtesy of http://www.micro-macramejewelry.com

We were obsessed with hemp jewelry in junior high, so we always enjoy a jewelry flashback! Photo courtesy of JackZenHe,mp on Etsy.

We were obsessed with making hemp jewelry in junior high, so we always enjoy a jewelry flashback! Photo courtesy of JackZenHemp on Etsy.

We love the combination of woven beads and macrame knots in this bracelet. Photo courtesy of www.knotgypsy.blogspot.com.

We found the combination of woven beads and macrame knots in this bracelet very intriguing! Photo courtesy of http://www.knotgypsy.blogspot.com.

In the case of this statement necklace, the bigger the knot, the better! Photo courtesy of ElfinaDesign on Etsy.

In the case of this statement necklace, the bigger the knot, the better! Photo courtesy of ElfinaDesign on Etsy.

Soooo many bracelets! Photo courtesy of www.peacefulpeople.com

Soooo many cool knotted & woven bracelets! Photo courtesy of http://www.peacefulpeople.com

If you get too tangled up in your cord, take a cue from this little guy & take a nap!

If you get tangled up in your cord while knotting, take a cue from this little guy & take a nap!