History and Use of Prayer Beads

Thursday, June 8, 1:00-3:00 PM
Sue Swanson

The word bead comes from the middle English word bede, which means to pray. We will talk about the origin and development of prayer beads throughout the world and how they are being used today. We will create a bracelet using a wide selection of beads including gemstone, glass, and metal. The Circle of Life Meditation design was created by Sue to demonstrate the principles of spiritual geometry that are present in many cultures. Each person will have an opportunity to talk about their bracelet and how they plan to use it. We will close by using the bracelets together. $7.50 material fee includes all supplies needed to make one bracelet.

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Russian Lace Necklace

2 Saturdays, July 22 & 29, 1:00-3:00 PM
Sue Swanson

This delicate choker is made of seed beads and round gemstone beads. It is adjustable to fit different necklines. The design uses a bead weaving stitch developed in Moscow. $15 material fee includes all supplies needed to make one necklace.

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Ply-Split Braided Necklace

Monday, August 14, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Louise French

Ply-split braiding is an interlacement technique found in northwest India, where men make girths, bags, and other accessories for camels. We use this technique to make decorative pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, belts and vessels. In this class you will learn the basics of ply-splitting by making a key ring fob, and then move on to a necklace. $28 material fee includes introductory notebook and all necessary cords. Gripfids will be provided for use in class and may be purchased for an additional $11.

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