Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Love Soutache and Bead Embroidery?
Have a class with Amee K. Sweet-McNamara!

Calling all Soutache and bead embroidery lovers - and everyone else who loves working with a needle a thread! Join us for a class with artist Amee K. Sweet-McNamara

Amee uses Soutache and Bead Embroidery to create textile jewelry with sinuous, organic shapes in brilliant hues. She takes her inspiration from all things color-saturated. Mucha posters, Venetian glass, Renaissance paintings, and Hollywood dance-costumes have all, at one time or another, influenced her creations. Formally educated in both, Interior Design and Fine Art, Amee is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She teaches out of her studio in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and venues across the country including The Craft Center at the LNHC headquarters in Concord, New Hampshire.

Potpourri Pendant
Friday, May 13; 10:00am - 5:00pm
Experiment with an assortment of techniques. Adventurous Beginners will learn the basics of Soutache & Bead Embroidery, working with Shibori Ribbon, Traditional Bead Embroidery & Kumihimo braiding and more. Pendant templates include a variety of shapes and kits will be offered in a variety of colour-ways.

Saturday, May 14; 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tassels make beautiful, textural enhancements for everything from clothing to jewelry to home decor. But the solid, upper portion of traditional tassels, are worked around wooden forms which can be expensive, difficult to find and time-consuming to cover. The bodies of our "Sou-tassels," are created using Soutache & Bead Embroidery which makes firm but opulent, sculptural outer forms to surround the fringe of the tassel. This technique can be easily modified, changing size and shape. Adventurous Beginners will learn many of the Basics of working with Soutache while Intermediate Soutache artists will be delighted to add this brand new technique to their creative toolbox! Kits will be made available in a variety of color-ways and include soutache, beads, tassel skirt and thread and will make one “jewelry-scaled” tassel – ideal for a pendant which can be strung on student’s choice of chain, cord or ribbon (not included).

Tuffet Lily
Sunday, May 15; 10:00am - 5:00pm
For Soutache & Bead Embroidery Students looking for “the next big thing,” “Tuffet Lily” has arrived. Learn the secrets of making rich, truly three-dimensional pieces by working “inside out,” “Sculpting with SuperDuos” and “Border Backing.” The finished pendant may be hung on ribbon, chain or bead-chain (not included). This is an Intermediate-Level Class so students should come having a firm grasp of Soutache Basics including Stacking & Aligning, Shaping Stitches, Two-Sided Joins, Backing & Edge-Beading.  Project will not be finished in class but Amee Runs with Scissors’ “Whole Story,” step-by-step, full-color instructions will make it easy to finish at home. Kits will be offered in a variety of colourways.

Special Offer: Take more than one class with Amee and save!
  • One class: $200 + HST
  • Two classes: $380 + HST (Save $20)
  • All three classes: $565 + HST (Save $35)
Note: Kits are required for purchase from Amee for her classes which will include all materials needed for the projects. As an added bonus, Amee is offering her kits at par for her students at BeadFX! Thank you Amee!

For complete information about each class, including applicable kit fees, is on the class page. Click on 'Classes' and follow the links to the May class calendar and Amee's classes.

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