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Master Class
Engineering Vessels

Nancy Cain




20 Fri -via Zoom


August 21 Sat -via Zoom 9-3
August 22 Sun-via Zoom 9-3
Class Fee $275.00 + supplies + book fee $75

Peyote:  flat, circular, tubular odd & even count

Skill Level: advanced    
Technique:  Peyote Netting Embellishment

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." Pablo Picasso

Bead engineering is a process. To fully master any process and to be able to design “outside the box” to engineer something new one needs to fully understand the process. Nancy Cain’s Master Class, “Engineering Vessels,” explores the process of peyote stitch. Peyote stitch inherently lends itself to sculpturing techniques.

Through an in-depth exploration and study on the process of techniques within peyote stitch, you will experience and gain an understanding of three-dimensional bead engineering. By understanding the design concepts, math and physics behind this stitch, you are then able to explore and execute original complex three-dimensional designs.

Nancy will guide you through the process of design with a solid foundation in strength and construction. Design and create your unique hollow Dream Vessel pendant or objet d’art utilizing single or multiple engineering techniques of flat, tubular and circular peyote.  This master class program will give you the tools, techniques, skills and confidence to delve into your own imagination to design and to create virtually any three-dimensional shape you desire.

Each student receives in-depth reference notebook that defines and illustrates various technical and mechanical increases/decreases, shaping in round, angular or a combination with hinges, lids, windows or surface embellishments as well as complete instructions for her Dream Vessel.

Day one starts with exploring design concepts and gaining an understanding the role of math, technical and/or mechanical shaping and learning to use beads to your advantage. Nancy deconstructs her own Dream Vessel so the students can see firsthand the design intent and the resulting three-dimensional piece. Students will create a ‘sampler’ pack of various techniques that can be used to make their own personal Dream Vessel. Nancy conveys the critical importance of thread and the cause and effect on the core of the structure. Day one comes to a close as students find the commonality of herringbone and netting stitches with peyote and how to combine them.

Day two students come in with an idea of their Dream Vessel then work together in small groups, with Nancy at the helm, working out the logistics of design and construction. Students then work individually creating their Dream Vessel with day three continuing to make their vision a reality.

Who should take this class? Advanced Intermediate to Advanced beaders who are proficient in peyote stitch and have an interest in designing three-dimensional shapes and advancing their technical proficiency. This class will focus on designing and engineering shapes. Although the class will discuss and explore the nuance of the basics this is not a basic peyote class.

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