Annual Retreat aka Spring Retreat Wraps Up

The Bead Retreat in Racine, February 28 - March 2, 2014, was a success in every way: facilities, food, friends – new and old, shopping at Funky Hannah’s, classes, surprises and more classes. Attendance peaked on Saturday with over 60 members and friends.

Things kicked off on Friday with a swag bag full of beads including a small locket kit – one of several surprises from the planning committee. Another surprise was the choice of one of Kalmbach’s books. Later, an optional visit to Funky Hannah’s for a glass bead making experience - sorry no photos - left participants appreciative of the skill required but happy with their first attempts.

A dessert bar at the Radisson included fruit and sweets.

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After treats, Susan Beal shared her enthusiasm for buttons. She explained how she incorporates them into jewelry by forming custom frames from wire and embellishing them with beads. Participants were able to practice the technique under Susan’s guidance.

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After a two-day drive from Connecticut, Robert Dancik made a surprise visit and showed a few interested members how he makes rivets out of wire. Beaders continued working well into the evening.

On Saturday, classes began at 9:00 a.m. with students ready and eager to learn. Morning sessions included Robert Dancik’s ‘Your Bead in 3-D’, and Patty Tiry’s ‘Gazebo Bracelet’ class. Vises, saws, drills and files drowned out the needles passing through beads. In the afternoon, a sell-out crowd filled the room for Dancik’s second class, ‘Spinning Bead Pendant’.

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A second surprise kit was introduced at the luncheon. The snow on Saturday evening didn’t interfere with the serious shopping at Funky Hannah’s. A line formed at the check-out and hors d’oeuvres were plentiful.

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Everyone ended up back at the Radisson for Traci Otte’s Stamped Dominos class and more beading. The Zumba class had to be cancelled due to illness. That didn’t interfere with the marathon beading in the Harbour View Room.

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Sunday morning brought the soutache class with Jane Danley Cruz. The kit Cruz provided left plenty of room for creativity and the sun shine pouring through the huge eastern windows brightened up the room.

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The third and final surprise came on Sundy with a kit to make Celtic Knot Earrings, instructions provided by Kathy Willmering. By late afternoon on Sunday, everyone was heading home but not without wishes for another retreat – a week long next time.

  

 

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