to take a class or not to take a class?

to take a class or not to take a class?

Post by Lori W » Fri, 10 May 2002 02:33:30



Hi all, I love making bracelets and necklaces and buying beads in general
LOL! but I'm just a stringer, and I put things together the way I think they
look good. But the local bead shop has jewelry making classes, and I was
wondering if any of y'all had taken classes to help your beading habit, and
if you had a good experience or not?

Lori

 
 
 

to take a class or not to take a class?

Post by Louise Smit » Fri, 10 May 2002 02:45:52


In my experience, it's very helpful to take classes even if they don't look
particularly interesting.  You can always learn a technique or get an idea
to use as your own.  I started out as a stringer, and you can certainly make
lots of lovely things just stringing.  But there's a whole other world out
there in beading.  You can take techniques from one style to use together
with others and create your own message.  You may find, as I did, that the
more you know about beading, the more you want to know and the more you love
it!
You can learn useful things from even the most inarticulate teacher.  Be
patient with yourself, be open, and have fun!
Regards,
Louise

Quote:
> Hi all, I love making bracelets and necklaces and buying beads in general
> LOL! but I'm just a stringer, and I put things together the way I think
they
> look good. But the local bead shop has jewelry making classes, and I was
> wondering if any of y'all had taken classes to help your beading habit,
and
> if you had a good experience or not?

> Lori


 
 
 

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Post by Soo » Fri, 10 May 2002 02:53:25


Quote:
>But the local bead shop has jewelry making classes, and I was wondering if any

of y'all had taken classes to help your beading habit, and if you had a good
experience or not?

YES.  I took classes over here in Berkeley, at Baubles and Beads, and they
expanded my beading world and made it *TONS* MORE FUN.  It was more than worth
the money.  I would assume you're thinking of taking classes at the Bead Shop
(Palo Alto), or Beading Frenzy (San Mateo).  They seem more expensive than
B&B's classes.....but the Bead Shop has some of the same teachers we do over
here.  Fantastic!

Sooz
(I love the subterfuge -- and the screaming)

 
 
 

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Post by Soo » Fri, 10 May 2002 02:55:02


One thing that helps me choose which bead classes to take: Look at the
examples, if they have any.  The examples tell me what to take much more
clearly than the class descriptions.  And make sure you have the prerequisites
under your belt -- build your knowledge carefully, and you'll lessen your
frustrations.

Sooz
(I love the subterfuge -- and the screaming)

 
 
 

to take a class or not to take a class?

Post by crazyred he » Fri, 10 May 2002 05:49:13


I have taken a few class though my local bead society and my polymer
clay group both which have free or low cost classes each week but I also
check out the library for great books on jewelry making techniques agai
for free! I just took a Silver clay class ( we made Filigree silver
beads) which though my bead group cost $ 6.00 normal cost $100.00 It was
a basic class to give you a taste of the product and some of the
techniques! I will be taking more classes in this media From this
teacher in the Fall but most of the time I do things on my own !  

Victoria

Victoria's Art Jewelry

 
 
 

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Post by BeckiBe » Fri, 10 May 2002 07:44:49


Lori -- I've never taken a class, but shoot.  If it calls to you, do it. What
could possibly be the down side?
Becki
I put the 'crap' in recc.crap.beads!
 
 
 

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Post by mikhoga » Fri, 10 May 2002 09:17:50


Hi Lori,

I think classes are a good way to learn new techniques.  I don't think
anyone could or should teach you how to create your pieces so that "You
think they look good".  That's pretty much the way I work too, and my
experience is that alot of people think my stuff looks good too  :)
I still would like to learn freeform peyote stitch, alto that is as much as
I want to do with a needle and string.  I love the look of some of those
freeform pieces; seems like something I could really take flight with.
Classes at bead stores are usually reasonably priced and a great way to hook
up with other beadaholics.
Have fun!
Kathy

Quote:
> Hi all, I love making bracelets and necklaces and buying beads in general
> LOL! but I'm just a stringer, and I put things together the way I think
they
> look good. But the local bead shop has jewelry making classes, and I was
> wondering if any of y'all had taken classes to help your beading habit,
and
> if you had a good experience or not?

> Lori

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Post by Lori W » Fri, 10 May 2002 09:14:40


If I were going home over the summer (to Orinda) I'd definitely do Baubles
and Beads. Since I'm staying in PA, I am looking at the Bead Shop (even
though, I always tend to feel like I'm getting way overcharged when I'm
there). The only issue is the prices of the classes, so that's also a
consideration in which class I choose! It's good to hear that the teachers
are good and you've had good experiences with them. It definitely helps me
feel better about taking one of their classes.

lori

Quote:
> >But the local bead shop has jewelry making classes, and I was wondering
if any
> of y'all had taken classes to help your beading habit, and if you had a
good
> experience or not?

> YES.  I took classes over here in Berkeley, at Baubles and Beads, and they
> expanded my beading world and made it *TONS* MORE FUN.  It was more than
worth
> the money.  I would assume you're thinking of taking classes at the Bead
Shop
> (Palo Alto), or Beading Frenzy (San Mateo).  They seem more expensive than
> B&B's classes.....but the Bead Shop has some of the same teachers we do
over
> here.  Fantastic!

> Sooz
> (I love the subterfuge -- and the screaming)

 
 
 

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Post by Lori W » Fri, 10 May 2002 09:11:56


Where can i get involved with a group like that?? That would be much more in my budget! I did go to the local library to check out books, and it helped w/ my PC obsession, but not so much for jewelry in general. Thanks for all the encouragement you guys, I guess I just really need to choose which class now!! :)
lori

  I have taken a few class though my local bead society and my polymer
  clay group both which have free or low cost classes each week but I also
  check out the library for great books on jewelry making techniques agai
  for free! I just took a Silver clay class ( we made Filigree silver
  beads) which though my bead group cost $ 6.00 normal cost $100.00 It was
  a basic class to give you a taste of the product and some of the
  techniques! I will be taking more classes in this media From this
  teacher in the Fall but most of the time I do things on my own !  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  Victoria
  Victoria's Art Jewelry

 
 
 

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Post by Soo » Fri, 10 May 2002 12:43:55


Quote:
>Since I'm staying in PA, I am looking at the Bead Shop (even though, I always

tend to feel like I'm getting way overcharged when I'm there).

That's how I feel there.

Sooz
(I love the subterfuge -- and the screaming)

 
 
 

to take a class or not to take a class?

Post by Soo » Fri, 10 May 2002 12:44:42


Quote:
>Thanks for all the encouragement you guys, I guess I just really need to

choose which class now!! :)

Let us know what you take!

Sooz
(I love the subterfuge -- and the screaming)

 
 
 

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Post by Lori Sou » Sat, 11 May 2002 02:43:13


Quote:
>One thing that helps me choose which bead classes to take: Look at the
>examples, if they have any.  The examples tell me what to take much more
>clearly than the class descriptions.  And make sure you have the
>prerequisites
>under your belt -- build your knowledge carefully, and you'll lessen your
>frustrations.

what she said!  good advice!

Lori Sousa
Briarrose Designs
handcrafted jewelry, traditional care, contemporary flair

current auctions: http://www.justbeads.com/search/ql.cfm?s=briarrose

 
 
 

to take a class or not to take a class?

Post by Lori Sou » Sat, 11 May 2002 02:47:35


Quote:
>Since I'm staying in PA, I am looking at the Bead Shop (even
>though, I always tend to feel like I'm getting way overcharged when I'm
>there).

Lori -
you don't say where you are in PA, but there is an active group in the
Harrisburg area, some of whom post here.
My local bead society has a "workshop" at almost every meeting - no charge
except for the membership which is like $20 for the year.  We have done pearl
knotting, bead crochet, tin cup necklaces, ndebele...I forget what else.  
Lori Sousa
Briarrose Designs
handcrafted jewelry, traditional care, contemporary flair

current auctions: http://www.justbeads.com/search/ql.cfm?s=briarrose

 
 
 

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Post by Soo » Sat, 11 May 2002 04:03:57


Quote:
>Lori -

you don't say where you are in PA

I wondered at first, too -- she meant Palo Alto.  (CA)

Sooz
(I love the subterfuge -- and the screaming)

 
 
 

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Post by Lori W » Sat, 11 May 2002 07:24:30


oops sorry, i think it's from looking at housing adverti***ts. PA - Palo
Alto 3BR 2BA hee hee
MV-Mountain View

No, i'm definitely in California. It would be neat if there were a bead
society around here.

lori

Quote:
> >Lori -
> you don't say where you are in PA

> I wondered at first, too -- she meant Palo Alto.  (CA)

> Sooz
> (I love the subterfuge -- and the screaming)