Bead Mosaic and Cavandoli Macramé Pendant Jewelry Workshops

Joan Babcock, a talented macramé and jewelry artist and experienced presenter from Santa Fe, will be teaching two jewelry workshops in Bemidji on September 10th and 11th. For examples of her work see

On September 10th Ms. Babcock will be teaching Bead Mosaic, in which students will learn to use seed beads, stones, crystals and other small elements to make miniature mosaic pendants. Students will explore design and layout, adhering beads and elements, grouting, and coloring techniques. All skill levels are welcome.

On September 11th Ms. Babcock will be teaching how to make a Cavandoli Macramé Pendant, using the technique of Cavandoli Knotting to create geometrical and pictorial designs similar to tapestry weaving in a pendant for a large “donut” bead. This pendant will be the centerpiece of a multi-strand beaded necklace and some bead stringing and finishing techniques will also be covered. This workshop is geared towards students who have knowledge of basic macramé and want to further their skills. However, local fiber and jewelry artist Dawn Standera will offer a free Introduction to Cavandoli Knotting class at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31st at Heartwoods Healing Center for those needing instruction before the workshop.

Both workshops will take place at Heartwoods Healing Center in Bemidji, MN at 5307 N. Bemidji Ave. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., on Saturday, September 10th for Bead Mosaic, and on Sunday September 11th, for Cavandoli Macramé Pendant. The fee is $46 per person for each workshop due upon registration. There will also be a materials fee of $25 for Bead Mosaic and $30 for Cavandoli Macramé Pendant due the day of the workshop. There is a limit of 12 people per workshop so register now!

To register, send a check in the amount of $46.00 for each workshop ($92 for both) made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601. The registration deadline is Friday, September 2, 2011.  Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshops are cancelled. Please email or call the Region 2 Arts Council at (218-751-5447) with any questions.