ABS Meeting Oct 28, 2019-Beaded Holiday Ornament

         6:30-8:30pm Project taught by Sally de Graffenried. We’ll be learning an ornament beading pattern.            You’ll be able to add a group of lacy, bead-covered ornaments to your holiday collection this year.       They also make lovely hostess gifts!  SPARKLY! Items to bring to the meeting… Continue Reading ABS Meeting Oct 28, 2019-Beaded Holiday Ornament

ABS Meeting Sept 23, 2019-Beautiful Bead and Crystal Spider

6:30pm-8:30pm This is an easy to make and fun project with endless possibilities! With this design, you can make an endless supply of different spiders using a huge variety of beads and in a wide variety of sizes. The results can be used as a pendant or pin or part of a spooky house decor. … Continue Reading ABS Meeting Sept 23, 2019-Beautiful Bead and Crystal Spider

ABS Meeting Aug 26, 2019-Trading Beads of West Africa

  Location:  Austin Bead Gallery  8440 Burnet Rd, Suite 100A, 78757.    Click here to see a map.  Presented by Barbara McKay Barbara’s presentation will include a discussion of the fascinating and little known history of trading beads in West Africa. The talk will span centuries, from the earliest use of beads as currency to buy… Continue Reading ABS Meeting Aug 26, 2019-Trading Beads of West Africa

ABS Meeting July 22, 2019-Leather Tassel Earrings

REMEMBER: !! New location this month !! –                 Austin Bead Gallery  8440 Burnet Rd, Suite 100A, 78757.    Click here to see a map.  Project taught by Michele Chesak There are a lot of options when using leather to make jewelry. This project will not require any expertise other… Continue Reading ABS Meeting July 22, 2019-Leather Tassel Earrings

ABS Meeting June 24, 2019 –How to use UV Resin for Beading Components

Rhonda Heidebrecht and Laura Powell will teach us several techniques and effects using UV resin. This is a VERY hands-on workshop; you will be able to take home several completed projects! Some of the techniques that will be covered are:                    -Using an open bezel to create… Continue Reading ABS Meeting June 24, 2019 –How to use UV Resin for Beading Components

ABS Meeting May 20, 2019 Bolas (Diagonal Peyote Stitch-Beaded Beads) Earrings

In May, we will learn to make Bolas!  These cute beaded beads are made using the diagonal peyote stitch. Instructor:  Lisa HerrNeckar We will be following a tutorial created by Cath Thomas (with her blessing). For your first time, I recommend that each size of bead be a different color. It will be easier to follow the… Continue Reading ABS Meeting May 20, 2019 Bolas (Diagonal Peyote Stitch-Beaded Beads) Earrings

ABS Meeting Apr 22, 2019 Gypsy Hoop Earrings

We will be using the brick stitch technique to embellish earring hoops using size 11 delica beads or seed beads. This is a versatile stitch that can be used to do elaborate decorating once the basics are learned. This is a beginner-level technique, no previous experience required. Project taught by Donna Mehnert. Items to bring… Continue Reading ABS Meeting Apr 22, 2019 Gypsy Hoop Earrings

ABS Meeting: March 25, 2019 Elections & Member Sale

It’s that time of year again! Elections for the board are held at our March meeting. All members are eligible to run, and nominations prior to or at the meeting will be accepted for all board positions. If you are interested in becoming a more active member of our Society, now is the time to… Continue Reading ABS Meeting: March 25, 2019 Elections & Member Sale

ABS Meeting Feb 25, 2019 Adding Beads to a Barrette

Add sparkle to a plain barrette by – what else? – adding beads !! We will create a simple embellished barrette. Instructions and templates will also be given to complete a larger barrette with a backing. Materials provided: a barrette blank and various trims Items to bring to the meeting to complete the project: scissors,… Continue Reading ABS Meeting Feb 25, 2019 Adding Beads to a Barrette

ABS Meeting Jan 28, 2019 Intro to Kumihimo

Introduction to Kumihimo – Beaded Bracelet Taught by Karen Strain Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making.  It is a popular craft for jewelry makers and fiber artists. The ancient braid is easy to learn with modern tools that make the projects very portable. Materials to bring to complete the project: Round Kumihimo Disk C-lon cord 8… Continue Reading ABS Meeting Jan 28, 2019 Intro to Kumihimo