From earliest times beads have been used to decorate people, clothing and objects. A wide range of techniques has evolved and today beading is enjoying a worldwide renaissance. Beads have been or are being made from shells, stones, animal teeth, seeds, pearls, gems, glass, plastics, (an incomplete list), in numerous sizes and finishes. From stringing various sized beads into necklaces, bracelets and earrings, embroidering leather and cloth with them, to weaving them into solid fabrics and coverings, beads will fascinate those who work with them.
The purpose of the Gualala Arts “Beads n’ Beyond” Interest Group is to provide a place for people interested in beading to explore the many facets of the subject. Some gatherings will explore a specific technique and others will simply provide time for all to work on their own projects, share their experiences, ask questions, trade beads, “show and tell.” We hope also at some point to bring in outside instructors.
The group meets the fourth Friday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm at Gualala Arts Center unless otherwise notified. Sometimes a charge will be made for provided materials.