Classes I offer for 2018 and 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. Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. 


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.



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.









It's a Hippie Thing
This is one of the happiest pieces I ever made. You simply can't look at this bracelet and mope. These colors will surely cheer you up even on the gloomiest day. The focal component is made my Stuart Abelman, glass artist extraordinaire. I designed the piece to best showcase his gorgeous cabochons without taking away from them. There are fun textures achieved by the use of shaped beads and dupioni silk. This class is a full day class (6-7 hours) and it will be available starting October, 2017.
AVAILABLE ONLY STARTING OCTOBER, 2017







Floating Circles Stackable Bracelet
Yes, we will make the leather base, from hide to bracelet, all in one class, no shortcuts here!
This is a whole day (6 hour class) that will help the students learn traditional leather working techniques, such as using a glover's needle and working with lambskin and incorporating a box clasp with all the leather work. These bracelets are quite different from most bead embroidery projects out there, and allow students to combine bead embroidery with new techniques. It is a class that beginners will get as much out of as advanced beaders. The bracelets  are addictive to make and the color variations are endless!




Zeno, the tiniest Fishie. A small bracelet.
Zeno is a ton of fun in a short time! A half day (3-4 hour class) that is great for beginners and advanced bead embroiderers, as long as they don't mind having some lighthearted and fun.  This class teaches how to incorporate leather cords  into simple bead embroidery designs.




 Random Cocktail Rings project
This 3-4 hour class is all about digging through treasures ( from dichroic glass cabs to precious stones)  and whipping up some easy cocktail rings. There will be a large stash of cabochons, findings and seed beads provided, and students will make gorgeous, one of a kind rings in class. An easy and enjoyable project for beginner bead embroiderers who want to learn the basics, but also fun for advanced beaders who just want to have a good time and make a couple of rings during a fun class.
It's time to plan ahead for next year's classes!
My teaching schedule is full till the second half of 2019, so I figured it is time to post about the new projects that are coming everyone's way from Alaska to Florida and everywhere else inbetween. 
Let's start with this Mandragora:




In the center of this composition we have a delightful precious metal clay hand sculpted medallion by the talented Cynthia Thornton.  The bracelet has the feel of enchantment, playfulness and childlike innocence. Kind of like a magical garden. It's a great project for those who want to experiment using fabrics in bead embroidery, and those who want to play with a more three dimensional approach. Or just those who think the piece is so darn cute, they just need to make one for themselves.
This class will be available all the way through 2018.

Then, we have the Heart of the Ocean:




This piece may seem pretty straightforward, but it took a whole lot of planning. The older I get the more I appreciate how my brain works..
Oftentimes people ask me how do I come up with things I come up with. Is there a long process of trial and error, how many times I need to make things to perfect them, and such.

The truth is by the time I sit down to make something, I have already thought it out. Most of the times I have assembled the potential suspects ( beads that will get used, any other material needed) way ahead of time. I have spent hours constructing the piece in my head. The way things look at this point in my mind's eye, is like a 3D object I can rotate back and forth, observe, but it's still foggy in places.
So then I start sketching. 
This really helps to finalize the little details, add anything that was missing and change things up, if needed. By the time I start beading, the piece already exists. Which is great, because doing things this way allows me to move in a pretty speedy fashion. 

What I wanted to achieve with this  particular project was to create a deep, dark greenish, tealish, glow, something you would see floating in water, looking upward. Also, I always loved malachite combined with amazonite, but let's face it, some things make great one of a kind pieces and impossible class materials.
 Why? 
Because no one is going to pay $350 for a class kit. Understandably so. Also, there are just materials one can not source in quantity. So how to create a feel that I loved about that precious combination of deep greens and blues? This is my answer to my own question. It does glow, and it is aquatic, and after watching the Titanic, it even looks a little bit like the giant blue diamond in the movie.

Now the best part for me is that I successfully created a piece that is entirely usefully multi-functional. It goes from pendant on a rope to slinky wrap bracelet. It was not an easy task to make this happen. The shape had to be just right, the weight and feel had to be just right. But it worked!
This class will be available all the way through 2018.




Now, on to Kiss my Bass.




I think the main selling points for this project as a class are twofold: 
First of all,every time you get a compliment on your new bracelet,you can go like:  "Thank you, it's called Kiss my Bass."
Then of course the obvious: Just look at that sterling silver badass bass among the aqua fuchsia waves! Husbands all across the country will be finally ecstatic about their wives beading workshops. Yes, Honey! Go make that bass bracelet! 
Ok, jokes aside, there isn't anything super fancy technique-wise here. But the piece is super fun, super wearable and it will also come in a more grownup bronzey colorway, in case hot pink is just too sassy for you.






The Dark Side of the Moon Bracelet




Dark Side of the Moon Bracelet
It's elegant, it's modern and it's simple. because sometimes simplicity is perfection. The repetition of elements creates pleasing harmony. The subtle layers of color and texture make is just right.
Full day class, available from January of 2017.


 




































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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