Classes I offer for 2019

Zhuangzi's Butterfly



This is an all day long class, not for the faint of heart. While there are plenty of bead embroidery elements here, a lot of this project is good old fashioned stitching, sewing. The bracelet comes together from ten components most of which need to be finished individually before assembling the  bracelet. It is well worth the effort though, and really, all you need is patience, I will make the process easy peasy for you. The name of the project has to do with Master Zhuang's dream:
Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. 


The Name of the Rose 



The Name of the Rose is an all day project. We will be working with leather, creating the band for the bracelet. The focal is bead embroidery with four bezels. The outcome is a comfortable, beautiful, medieval looking bracelet, named after Umberto Eco's book, a favorite of mine.

The LPC Cuff 






LPC cuff is here to steal the show! An all day long class debuting at the Bead Soup, in Maryland in July. Once in a while I make something that amuses me into thinking that this is a class you need to take, because it would be mighty hard to figure out how to make something like this based on just the pictures. This is not a hard project. In fact, neither is it very time consuming to construct. But it comes together from a number of different pieces to get a three dimensional effect that is just new, exciting and it makes for a mighty pretty piece. Beaders who enjoy puzzles will love this piece.

St Guinefort Necklace





St Guinefort has been on my mind for years, looking for a way to commemorate him in a fashion he deserves. Cynthia Thornton kindly collaborated on the project by producing an exclusive design showing the saint himself in his heavenly glory. The precious metal clay saint is enshrined in a swirling dreamsicle of otherworldly goodness. Organic and abundant with life, detail and mirth. An intermediate, all day long project. Allegory Gallery owned by Cynthia's own brother Andrew, will be the first place the saint is going to make an appearance in May. Check the schedule for dates. This class will be available from 2019 May on.



Monastery Windows at Dusk
An all day class in which you will learn to put this beautiful component based bracelet together from gorgeous silk and bead embroidery  embellished elements, The outcome is a wonderfully luxurious bracelet that has the look and feel of fine jewelry, trapped in time.The design is built around the repetition of window like components, playing with light and dark, textures, negative space. The finished bracelet seems to glow from within.
 Classes available from September, 2018.





On the Nature of Daylight Pendant

This will be an all day class. The piece consists of a pendant in the shape of a church window complete with stained glass and the light that shines through; and  double CRAW ropes made with 15s. (The ropes could also be made with three sided PRAW.) The finished piece is beautifully architectural, serene, highly wearable and delicate. Available from September, 2018.

 Relic Earrings
This will be a half day  to an all day class ( depending on time allotted and skill level of group) , available from September, 2018.
A fine design, so well balanced when it comes to color and shape, and it lights up with fire when the sun hits the crystals. The look is timeless, delicate, feminine and elegant.


Corn Moon




A full day class project during which we will learn to construct a super comfy, anatomically correct, easy to wear super chunky bracelet called Corn Moon. Corn Moon is the September full moon.  The colors of the original colorways are very harvest like, but there will also be an additional colorway available. The moon face focal is embellished with rich colors and textures, a true feast for the eyes.  The closure consists of large, square snaps. Super easy to open and close with one hand.
Available starting April 2019.


Crabby Maryland





A full day project ONLY available at the bead Soup in Maryland, on the weekend of July 13th.
A Maryland blue crab on a cuff! This will be available in Blue Boy and Old Bay Seasoning  colorways. For information about signups, please contact the Bead Soup.
This class will become a regular class offering in 2020. In 2019 it is only available at Bead Soup.











Please contact me for further info at kinganichols@yahoo.com

13 comments:

  1. FABULOUS! Your work is exquisitely distinctive and beautiful.

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  2. Wonderful. I look forward to seeing where all the classes are being taught. I may need a trip!

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  3. You have developed such a fantastic array of opportunities here! For
    elegance and sophistication to silly fun, and a wide range of skill levels
    to boot. You are simply extraordinary!!!

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  4. So happy to see all this happening for you :)

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  5. I have attended 2 of Kinga's classes and had the best experience! I learned new techniques, had lots of fun doing it, and made a great new friend and mentor, in Kinga! I am very fortunate to be located in close proximity to Kinga and Herself, Sammy Regina! If you have the opportunity to attend one of her classes, go for it.
    I also highly recommend her kits. The instruction is complete, and easy to follow. I have completed Come give Grandma a hug, and What Happened to tweety, and they remarkable.

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  6. Congratulations Kinga on your new journey and success!
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  7. Happy for you Kinga! I love watching your successes grow and thrive. Congratulations. GREAT classes!

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  8. Congratulations! Your students will keep coming back with all the goodies you have to offer! I hope your calendar remains as full as you want it to be. Lovely work you do Kinga.

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  9. Great classes Kinga! Love them All ;) Congratulations xx

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  10. Kinga, Have always been a big fan of yours....I hope all of your classes sell out. Hugs!!!

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  11. Your work and classes are amazing! FUSION BEADS bring Kinga to Seattle please!!!!!

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  12. Wow - given the choice I would take all of your classes. Unfortunately I live in Toronto (Ontario, Canada), so it's kind of unlikely I'll have the chance. Planning any video classes?

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    1. Hi Erin. I have done 2 videos and 5 online courses for Interweave publishing. Thank you for the kind words. Here is the link to the videos:https://www.interweave.com/store/creative-bead-embroidery-1-and-2-with-kinga-nichols-working-with-shaped-beads-fine-fabrics-and-precut-foundations-dvd

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