St. Louis, MO
Charlene Abrams can neither imagine nor remember a time when she wasn't making things. She has had a lifelong fascination with colour and texture, and seed beading is one of the media in which she delights in exploring shapes and shades, texture and tone. Her jewellery-making adventures have ranged among pearl knotting, stringing, polyclay, lampwork and silver-smithing, none of which was able to retain her interest like seed beading in which there's always something new to explore. She teaches regularly at local bead stores and guilds, and also enjoys teaching trips around the country to teach at national shows such as Bead & Button, Bead Fest and the Puget Sound Bead Festival.
- CA07-Euro-Style Beaded Beads - Half Day
- CA09-Tattoo Lariat - Half Day
- CA10-Introduction to Beaded Kumihimo - Half Day
- CA11-Beaded Kumihimo - Next Steps - Half Day
- CA12-Rings! - Half Day
- CA13-Victorian Lariat - Half Day
- CA14-Peyote Stitch Pendant and Earrings - Half Day
- CA15-Peyote Bezeled Cabochon - Half Day
I have been quilting since 1981, and teaching quilting since 1984. I am a former quilt shop owner who learned that owning a business was not nearly as much fun as teaching. So, I have concentrated on teaching. I moved to Missouri in 1999, and became an Independent Quilting Instructor.
- AA03-Hand Piecing - Half Day
- AA04-Hand Quilting - Half Day
- AA05-Temari Part 1 - Half Day
- AA06-Temari Part 2 - Half Day
- AA07-Double Knitting - Half Day
I have enjoyed doing chair caning since 1976. My husband and I moved to Missouri from Pennsylvania in 1991. In 1998 I opened Sit-A While Seat Weaving as a part time business. I attend about 10 heritage festivals and 2 school days a year to demonstrate my craft. I have been teaching classes and taking classes at both Shannondale Craft Camp and Christianson Native Craft Workshop for 6 years.
- DC03-Pine needle basket - Half Day
- DC06-Chair Caning Part 1 - Half Day
- DC07-Burlap Wreath - Half Day
- DC08-Chair Caning Part 2 - Half Day
- DC09-Fibre Rush Seat Weaving - Half Day
Pacific Grove, CA
Kumihimo has been in and out of my life for nearly 40 years (since 1979, yikes!) but "in" seriously for the last 16. I first learned in Japan at the famous Dômyô school where I studied for almost a year, and even had a braid win a prize for excellence in technique and color design (I was shocked).
In 2000, I was introduced to Makiko Tada and Rodrick Owen and my "serious" kumihimo journey began. I now am fluent in the four main types of kumihimo braiding: marudai, takadai, kakudai, and ayatakedai and teach all four as well. The karakumidai is a work in progress, but plan to have that under my belt over the next few years.
Since around 2007 I have spent a great deal of time reconstructing historical braids that date back as far
as the 10th century, including some of the most complex kumihimo structures every made. This has been a very exciting journey and has spurred me to want to write a comprehensive history of kumihimo - a pipe dream, perhaps, but I’ve started my research, so pehaps it will come to fruition someday! Wish me luck!
- MH01-Kumihimo Candy Canes - Half Day
- MH02-Braids into Flowers! - Full Day
- MH03-Origami Boxes - Half Day
Barbara has been teaching craft classes for nearly 30 years. In addition to teaching in her home studio and at various venues around the state of Missouri, she is very active with Shannondale Craft Camp (having served as founder and director for 12 years) and with the Christianson Native Crafts Workshop. She is interested in felting, lacework, knitting, crocheting, basketry, papermaking, weaving, pottery, spinning, rug hooking, print making in more.