2018 Retreat

Retreat 2018 - March 2 - 4,  Doubletree by Hilton - Racine Harbourwalk Hotel, Racine, Wisconsin 

All the information you need for the annual retreat is here. Attend the upcoming membership meetings to see samples of all the classes. Each class will be presented and explained during the meeting. Sign-up can be done by mail or in person beginning at the November 2017 meeting. Print-out and bring the registration form with you.

Click below for:  ALL 60 SLOTS FOR THE RETREAT ARE NOW TAKEN. UNFORTUNATELY, YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2019 FOR THE NEXT RETREAT.

 Retreat Overview

Weekend schedule

Info on accommodations

Meal info

Deadlines

2018 Retreat RegistrationForm

For class details including supply lists, click on photos. For a brief bio of the teacher, click on name.

Note: the Harbourview room will be open beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday afternoon, March 2, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Astoria Bracelet with Kim Rueth of Knot Just Beads.

Combine multiple two-holed beads to create an Art Deco inspired bracelet.


Friday, March 2, late afternoon/early evening 5:00 or 6:00 p.m.

Drilled Beach Glass or Stone Pendant Make-n-Take 
with Amanda Paffrath and the Funky Hannah's team

Head over to Funky Hannahs for this fun make-n-take as you learn to drill beach glass or stones, add a charm, and create a pendant. The beach glass and stones were collected from the shore of Lake Michigan in Racine. If you're lucky, they may share locations for the best local beaches to find your own cool beach glass and stones!

Note: Both sessions are now full.


Friday, March 2,  evening  6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Gypsy Woman Cuff with Eva Sherman of Grand River Bead Studio

Create the look of multiple bangles without the jangle! In this class students will cold connect pre-textured copper sheet to create one stunning cuff!

Note: This class is now full!


Saturday, March 3,  morning  8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Bolshoi Links Necklace with Adele Kimpbell of Bead Dreamers

This necklace explores right angle weave using Minos and Japanese seed beads. Learn to shape right angle weave into oval links and the onion domed center medallion of the necklace which inspired the name of the necklace. The necklace is a graceful and stunning. The oval links also make a stunning bracelet and earrings.

Note: Rivoli options and colorway samples are on page two of the class details. (Click on photo.)


Court Jesters Beaded Beads with Kim Rueth of Knot Just Beads

Create a series of beaded beads in three styles that incorporate Super Duos, Super8s, Fire Polish, and seed beads. The kit includes enough material to make four of each style.


Melodies in Metal with Eva Sherman of Grand River Bead Studio

If rapid and simple have a place in your jewelry making repertoire, then this class is right up your alley! Using an embosser, affectionately known as the poor man’ rolling mill by metalworkers, students will transform copper sheet into beautiful, wearable works of art. Students will learn, metalworking techniques including embossing, dimensional layering, cold connections, and patina applications while creating a cuff, a pendant, and a pair of earrings.

Note: This class is now full.


Saturday, March 3,  afternoon  1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Basketweave Cuff with Eva Sherman of Grand River Bead Studio

Weaving wire is a wonderful way to add texture and dimension to any project! Students will learn how to cold connect a woven wire sheet to a cuff base, creating a dramatically textured cuff.


Textures and Tints with Cindy Collins of Beadwork Ingenieur (Facebook) 

Explore some fun surface effects with Polymer clay. These simple pendants and earrings are easy to make and require very little equipment yet they enable so much creativity! Once you start experimenting with textures and surface treatments it becomes addictive. A wide variety of tints and textures will be available during class.


Twisted Lady Necklace and Earrings with Shannon Jambard of Meant to Bead

The twisted lady necklace is a wonderful necklace that can be worn by anyone. Once you make this necklace you'll have to have the matching bracelet. The secret to success with this project is all in the love of beads and the warmth of the leather when you wear it.


Sunday, March 4,  morning  8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Pirelli Bracelet with Adele Kimpell of Bead Dreamers

Explore a new variation of right angle weave with Toho Demi Rounds in this new versatile bracelet design. The bracelet can be stitched with size 8° or size 11° Demi Rounds. It can be left flat and closed with a simple clasp or it can be rolled into a tube and zipped closed. The rolled tube can be made seamless as a roll on bangle or closed with a simple clasp. It is so fun to reverse the colors and wear multiple variations at a time. Bet you can’t make just one!


Let’s Crackle a Pendant with Joann Haas of Funky Hannah's

Using different forms of vitreous enamels we will torch fire a copper disc. The colors are completely the student’s choice; there are many enamel colors to make a selection. The student has the option to hand forge a setting from copper for their piece or use a pre-made tray to hold their pendant. How the student wishes to finish their pendant is entirely their own.

The morning session is now full. An afternoon session (1:30 - 4:30 has been added.)


Sunday, March 4,  afternoon  1:30 to 3:30 p.m. OR 4:30

Explore Glass Workshop (1:30 - 3:30 p.m) with Amanda Paffrath of Funky Hannah's

Create your choice of a beautiful glass ornament, paperweight, or gazing ball. A perfect introduction to working with hot glass.

Note: This class is now full.


Raised Iroquois Beading (1:30 - 4:30 p.m.) with James Kelly

Create a Needle Case Holder using a traditional Iroquois beading technique. The Iroquois developed this technique during the Victorian Era to sell beading to help support their families. Learn simple Iroquois raised beading techniques and learn the history and culture of the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse).

Most students will not finish in class. James has arranged for time at a local library to assist students who might need additional help to finish their project.


Let’s Crackle a Pendant (1:30 to 4:30) with Joann Haas of Funky Hannah's

Using different forms of vitreous enamels we will torch fire a copper disc. The colors are completely the student’s choice; there are many enamel colors to make a selection. The student has the option to hand forge a setting from copper for their piece or use a pre-made tray to hold their pendant. How the student wishes to finish their pendant is entirely their own.