Class Information

Pictured above was the Enameling class we had recently, with guest instructor, Anne.

Pictured above: one of our most popular classes, the Wire Wrapped Cabochon.

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HOW IT WORKS

Classes at Red Door Beads are FREE with one stipulation:

**ALL materials required for class must be purchased from Red Door Beads (you cannot bring in your own materials).**

Customers receive 10% OFF their entire purchase for class (materials must be purchased on the same day as class to receive 10% off).

At Red Door Beads we teach classes on various beading, wiring, and stitching techniques, including the very basics. Each class is two hours long, which allows students the time to learn and complete the project. We have classes for all levels of experience and cater to beginners who are looking to hone their skills.

Group Classes:

Please contact us for questions about our group classes, or if you'd like to schedule a group class for any of the techniques we teach below. Group classes include:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Girls' Night Out
  • Bachelorette Parties
  • Special Occasions
  • Private Jewelry Class Party with Viki (we travel to you). Contact us for details.
  • Girl Scout Jewelry Badges (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)

Pictured below is a group birthday party Ice Resin Pendant class!

RED DOOR BEADS

JEWELRY CLASSES


WEAVING STITCHES


PEYOTE STITCH:

Peyote Stitch is a very versatile and ancient weaving technique. Many patterns often call for a Peyote stitch because it creates a flat, flexible fabric using only beads, a needle, and thread. Using an even count of Peyote, you will be able to make a braceletAfter learning this basic Peyote stitch you will have the confidence to attempt a great variety of projects, from a simple bracelet to an ornate necklace. We also teach an intermediate-level Peyote Flag Bracelet class (see picture below).

Materials required (beginner-level):

  • Size 8/0 Hex Seed Beads
  • Size 14 Beading Needle
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Clasp

Materials required (intermediate-level):

  • Size 11/0 Delicas (Red, White, Blue, and Gold)
  • Size 14 Beading Needle
  • 6lb. Fireline (Thread)
  • Gold Clasp

 HALF (1/2) SPIRAL STITCH:

The Half (1/2) Spiral Stitch is a beginner-level class that's easy for anyone to learn. The Spiral Stitch is a versatile technique that gives a complicated look to a simple stitch. Also known as Rope Stitch, the Spiral Stitch gets its name from the spiral design it creates in a Full Spiral Stitch technique, but the Half (1/2) Spiral Stitch has a flattened spiral look, as if you cut the spiral in "half." You can create bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with this design, or an entire set to match.

Materials required:

  • Size 11/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • 6mm Bicone or Rhondel Crystals
  • Beads, Pearls, Stones (optional accents)
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Size 14 Beading Needle
  • Clasp

RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE (RAW) STITCH: 

Right angle weave, also called RAW, is one of the easiest stitches to learn. When two needles are used, it is often called cross-weaving because the threads cross in opposite directions through the beads. It is the basic stitch used for Japanese-style beadwork where it is often referred to as “Hachinoji-ami” or “Kousa-ami.” 

The name right angle weave stems from the way the beads lie at right angles to one another. It is a very versatile weave and you can use any type or size of beads, as well as combinations of bead sizes and shapes to create different effects. If you want to learn more about right angle weave, get a copy of Christine Prussing’s Beading with Right Angle Weave.

Materials required:

  • Size 11/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • 4mm Bicone Crystals
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Size 14 Beading Needle
  • Clasp

BRICK STITCH:

Brick stitch earned its name by resembling the bricks in a wall. In brick stitching, beads don't sit one on top of the next. Instead, the rows are offset, as on a brick wall.

A ladder is a row of stitched beads that form the foundation row. Subsequent rows of brick stitch decrease like a pyramid, so it's important to know how to increase and decrease your bead count in brick stitch for even more shaping opportunities.

Materials required:

  • Size 11/0 Delica Seed Beads
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Size 00 Beading Thread
  • Size 12 Needle
  • Earwires

LOOMING BEADED BRACELET:

Weaving beads with a loom is a beautiful and traditional Native American art form that you can learn to do, too, with our beading technique. Once you have added the warp to your loom, you are ready to begin weaving the weft, which is what you call the thread and beads that run across the warp. 

Use your own patterns or discover new ones with Red Door Beads. Visit our Patterns page, or just ask us for the pattern at class time.

Materials required:

  • Beadalon Beading Loom
  • Size 11/0 Seed Beads (Czech or Delica--your choice)
  • Size 12 or Collapsible Eye Needle
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Slider Ends
  • Pattern
  • Clasp

HERRINGBONE STITCH:

Herringbone, also known as Ndebele stitch, is an interesting seed bead weaving technique that is easy to learn. the weave is created with pairs of beads, lying in a v-shape pattern. 

Materials required:

  • Size 8/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • 4lb. Fireline Thread
  • Size 12 Beading Needle
  • Slider Ends
  • Clasp
  • Beading Scissors (1-1/4in. blade)
  • Thread Burner

NORTHERN STAR BRACELET:

This bracelet has a cross knot shape using a Peyote style stitch. The Matubo and Superduo beads used add an elongated shape that gives this pattern a "Northern Star" appearance. The weaving and layering involved in this creation make the technique look professional and elegant, yet it's simple enough for all levels of experience (beginner-level technique). This technique also makes a beautiful pair of earrings. 

Materials required:

  • Size 7/0 Matubo Beads
  • Superduo Beads 
  • Size 11/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • Size 8/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Beading Needle
  • Jump Rings
  • Clasp

CAMILLE BRACELET:

The Camille Bracelet is a fun and easy design. It's also a beginner-level class. The threading technique is simple and some students end up finishing two of these bracelets during one class!

Materials required:

  • Kheop Puca Beads
  • Size 15/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • Size 11/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • Size 8/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • 4mm Round Beads
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Size 12 Beading Needle
  • Jump Rings or O Rings (optional)
  • Clasp

WIRE WEAVE DONUT:

The Wire Weave Donut Pendant (or Donut Bail Pendant), is a good class to take to get your feet wet before attempting the Wire Wrapped Cabochon class. It allows you the comfort of working with wire to learn basic looping and wrapping techniques, in addition to adding beads and crystals without concentrating too much on wrapping the entire gemstone.

 Materials required:

  • Donut Gemstone
  • 18ga or 20ga Round Wire
  • 24ga Round Wire
  • 3mm-10mm Round Beads (your choice/optional)
  • Size 8/0 Seed Beads (your choice/optional)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Looping Pliers or Mandrel
  • Wire Cutters

GUACAMOLE BRACELET: 

The Guacamole Bracelet uses a peyote stitch technique. It is sometimes referred to as a snake design and as you can see gets its name from the way the Miniduo or Superduo beads lay in a scaled pattern. Also, most people tend to use bright colors in the center, such as green or yellow, just like the inside of an avocado. 

Materials required:

  • Miniduo or Superduo Beads
  • Size 15/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Size 12 Beading Needle
  • 8mm Round Bead (clasp)

PETITE COLLAR NECKLACE: 

The Petite Collar Necklace (also known as a Felié Collar), uses several uniquely shaped beads to create a design that gives the necklace a stiff collar appearance, and maintains its shape.

Materials required:

  • Kheop Puca Beads
  • Pellet Beads
  • Rizo Beads
  • 4mm Round Beads
  • 3mm Fire Polish Crystals
  • Size 15/0 Czech Seed Beads
  • Size 8/0 Matubo Beads
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Size 12 Beading Needle
  • Clasp
  • Scissors

DAISY CHAIN BRACELET:

The Daisy Chain Bracelet is a beading style that has been around for years. Depending on the number of bead colors you use and how you use them, the design of this bracelet has the ability to be uniquely versatile. 

Materials required:

  • Size 11/0 Czech Seed Beads (choose your colors)
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread (Size D)
  • Size 10 English Beading Needle
  • Jump Ring (optional)
  • Clasp
  • Beading Scissors 1-1/4in. Blade

PEYOTE CABOCHON:

The Peyote Cabochon uses a peyote stitch technique to create a decorative bail for possible pendant. This is the alternative to using the wire wrapped technique.

Materials required:

  • Cabochon Stone
  • Size 15/0 Delica Seed Beads
  • Size 11/0 Delica Seed Beads
  • 2.8mm Miyuki Drop Seed Beads
  • 6lb. Fireline Braided Thread
  • Size 13 Beading Needle
  • Beading Scissors 1-1/4in. Blade

WIRE AND METAL FORMING TECHNIQUES


BASIC WIRE TECHNIQUE:

In this two hour session, you will master the wire wrapped loop. This technique is the cornerstone for so many beading projects, including making your own findings. You will also learn about wire working tools and wire properties. You will master the basic eye pin for dangling charms, crystals, and beads. During this class, you will make earrings; however, with this technique, you can make a bracelet formed entirely of beads linked together with wire wrapped loops. 

Materials required:

  • 22ga Wire Round
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Safety Glasses (optional) 

INTERMEDIATE WIRE COILING:

Learn how to make wire coils for a pendant, or embellish a unique bracelet or Cabochon. In this class, you will learn how to make a coiled pendant. 

Prerequisite: Basic Wire Technique

Before taking this class, you should take the Basic Wire Technique class or have learned some basic wire techniques because it is an intermediate-level class.

 Materials required:

  • Cabochon Stone (with hole)
  • 18ga Craftwire
  • 24ga Craftwire
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

HERRINGBONE WIRE WEAVING:

This wire wrapping technique creates a dramatic effect by overlapping wires as you weave, and wrap them together around a center bead. With a loop at each end, these beads make the perfect links and connectors.

Materials required:

  • Bead, Crystal, or Stone with hole (round or oval)
  • 26ga Wire (size and color of wire is your choice)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Safety Glasses (optional)

INTERMEDIATE WIRE WRAPPED CHAIN TECHNIQUE:

Learn how to make a Rosary or necklace chain from which you can hang your next wire pendant. 

Prerequisite: Basic Wire Technique

Before taking this class, you should take the Basic Wire Technique class or have learned some basic wire techniques because it is an intermediate-level class.

Materials required:

  • Beads, Crystals, or Stones (size and type your choice)
  • 22ga Wire
  • Chain (optional)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Safety Glasses (optional) 

BASIC WIRE WRAPPED CABOCHON:

This class covers the basic design of wire wrap for a Cabochon. This technique is used specifically to create a decorative wire bail for Cabochons without a hole, making a pendant out of a gemstone. 

 Materials required:

  • Cabochon Stone (beginner-level: Round or Oval)
  • 21ga Wire Half-Round
  • 21ga Wire Square
  • Beads, Crystals, or Stones (optional accents)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Masking Tape
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Safety Glasses (optional)

INTERMEDIATE WIRE WRAPPED CABOCHON:

After taking the Basic Wire Wrapped Cabochon class, you will learn how to create some more intricate designs, and work with different shapes of Cabochons, which is a little more challenging, but just as much fun! 

Materials required:

  • Cabochon Stone (your choice of shape)
  • 21ga Wire Half-Round
  • 21ga Wire (your choice of shape)
  • Beads, Crystals, or Stones (optional accents)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Masking Tape
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Safety Glasses (optional)

FREE FORM WIRE PENDANT:

This is an intermediate-level class where you learn to manipulate wire into a free form shape and embellish it with beads.

Prerequisite: Basic Wire Technique

Before taking this class, you should take the Basic Wire Technique class or have learned some basic wire techniques because it is an intermediate-level class. 

Materials required:

  • 24-26ga Wire Half-Round
  • 20-22ga Wire (your choice of shape)
  • 4-10mm Beads, Crystals, or Stones (your choice)
  • Mandrel
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Safety Glasses (optional)

INTRO TO EARRINGS:

This class covers the basics of creating earrings. For new beaders and self-proclaimed "uncreative types" this class will provide you with a sense of instant gratification. You will use a basic wire technique and learn how to color coordinate your design. You will also be familiarized with some of the basic tools required for making earrings, along with the different findings used to finish them.  

Materials required:

  • Beads, Crystals, or Stones (optional accents)
  • Chandeliers, Filigrees, etc. (optional accents)
  • Eyepins or Headpins
  • Jump Rings (optional)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Earwires

CHAKRA PENDANT:

Usually 7 in number, each color of the Chakra represents the different spiritual powers of the human body. In this class you'll learn how to make a Chakra Pendant to symbolize a balance in these 7 spiritual powers and wear it as a talisman.

Materials required:

  • 6-8mm Stone Rounds (7 colors)
  • Crystal Shard (your choice)
  • 20ga Wire Round (your choice color)
  • 24ga Wire Round (your choice color)
  • Mandrel (optional)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Coiling Gizmo

DREAMCATCHER EARRINGS:

All parts of a dreamcatcher have meaning and in this class we teach you how to make one on a smaller scale, using wire and Delica beads to create your own unique pair of Dreamcatcher Earrings.

Materials required:

  • Size 11/0 Delica Beads (your choice of colors)
  • 2 Charms (your choice)
  • Smaller Charms (optional dangles)
  • Wire Hoops w/ Hole (your choice size and color)
  • Paddles or Eyepins (your choice size and color)
  • 22ga Wire (optional for dangles)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Thread Burner (optional)
  • Size 12 Beading Needle
  • 6lb Fireline Thread (your choice color)
  • Earwires, Posts, Leverbacks (your choice)

OTHER BEADING TECHNIQUES 


PAPER BEADS:

Paper Beads are the newest trend in beading. They are easy to make and a ton of fun for all age groups. Paper beads can be used to make bracelets, earrings, or necklaces. Create themes (e.g., Marvel comic book characters, as seen in the photo below), or something artistic and unique. You can also recycle old newspapers, or magazines and use them to design a bead with a vintage appearance. In addition, you can produce paper beads of different shapes (i.e., cylindrical, tapered, round, square, etc.). For this class, we will start with the basics: cylindrical or "tube" paper beads.

Materials required:

  • Paper (recycled newspaper, or magazines)
  • Printed paper design (construction, etc., optional)
  • Wooden Dowels, Toothpicks, or Skewers
  • Beads, Crystals, Stones, etc. (optional)
  • Bead Caps (optional)
  • Headpins/Eyepins (optional)
  • Artistic Wire (color/gage your choice, optional)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Craft Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic Paint (optional)
  • Sparkles (optional)
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Wire Cutters
  • Safety Glasses (optional) 

ICE RESIN PENDANT:

This is a beginner-level class that's fun for anyone, but especially those who love arts and crafts. Ice Resin is a clear epoxy that gives the impression of glass with its glossy finish. In this class, you create a pendant using various beads and findings, but without having to learn a specific technique. It's as easy as putting together a puzzle.

This Seahawks Heart Pendant was made using our new Honeycomb Paint, which creates a unique design every time (topped with Ice Resin).

Materials required:

  • Bezel (your choice)
  • Charms, Beads, Crystals, Findings (your choice)
  • Paper Backdrop (optional, your choice)
  • Honeycomb Paint (optional, your choice of colors)
  • Confetti or Sparkles (optional)
  • Dipping Cups and Wooden Sticks
  • Mod Podge
  • Ice Resin

LEATHER WRAP BRACELET:

This technique is super simple and anyone can do it. It requires few materials and given the amount of class time, you can choose to make it short (known as a beaded leather bracelet) or longer, and create a wrap bracelet. 

Materials required:

  • 1.5mm Leather Cord (your choice of color)
  • 4-8mm Bead, Crystal, or Stone Rounds (your choice)
  • 6lb. Fireline Thread
  • Size 12 Beading Needle
  • Thread Burner
  • Small Donut Stone or Bead (used as clasp) 

SHAMBALLA BRACELET:

This trendy look harnesses the spiritual healing properties of gemstones and makes the perfect gift for men or women. In this class you will learn basic knotting techniques to secure stones and other beads into a sleek-looking mala style bracelet. When choosing your stones, you should keep in mind that these are an extension of your personality, and bring to life the opportunity for change and healing.

 Materials required:

  • Hemp, Leather, Parachute, or Nylon Cord (your choice)
  • 4-10mm Stone Rounds (your choice)
  • Masking Tape or Clipboard
  • Scissors or Cutters

STRANDING AND FINISHING:

This class is the best beginner-level class to start with if you're new to the beading world. In this class you will learn about the different tools and materials involved in making a bracelet or necklace from start to finish. Learn about the different crimps and clasps, and how to choose the right one for the best design and functionality of your piece.

Materials required:

  • Flexalon Beading Wire (7-Strand)
  • 6-12mm Beads (your choice)
  • Wire Guards
  • Crimp Balls or Twists
  • Crimp Covers
  • Clasp

HEALING BRACELET:

This bracelet is used for the purpose healing certain ailments by using the energy properties of gemstones. When choosing your stones, keep in mind what kind of healing you would like to bring to the wearer of the bracelet. We have books to guide you on the different gemstones and their healing properties. 

 Materials required:

  • 8mm Stone Rounds (your choice)
  • Healing Stones (your choice)
  • Spacer Beads (your choice)
  • Charm (optional)
  • Wire Thread
  • Wire Guards
  • Crimps
  • Crimp Covers
  • Clasp

CLASSES FOR KIDS


KIDS INTRO TO BEADING (Ages 7-10) BEGINNER:

This is an introduction to beading class that's geared toward our younger beaders. Kids learn how to make a stretchy bracelet or necklace. Parents will help measure their child's wrist or neck to determine how many beads to use. Please arrive up to an hour early to help your child pick out his or her beads and supplies.

Materials required:

  • Stretch Magic (your choice of size and color)
  • Beads (your choice)
  • Glue

KIDS INTRO TO BEADING (Ages 10-13) INTERMEDIATE:

This is an intermediate-level class where your child will learn how to create a bracelet or necklace using a stranding technique and better quality materials. They can add beads or charms for personal flare. Please arrive up to an hour early to help your child pick out his or her beads and supplies.

Materials required:

  • Beads, Crystals, and Charms (your choice)
  • Jump Rings
  • Chain or Stretch Magic (your choice)
  • Clasp

KIDS INTRO TO DREAMCATCHERS (Ages 7-13) BEGINNER:

This is a beginner-level class where your child will learn how to make a Dreamcatcher. They can use beads and feathers to embellish their design. Please arrive up to an hour early to help your child pick out his or her beads and supplies.

Materials required:

  • Small Metal Hoop
  • Hemp Cord (your choice of color)
  • Leather or Suede Cord (your choice)
  • Pony or Crow Beads
  • Feathers