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Create a Unique Beaded Bracelet


with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Sep 26, 2020 at 1 pm

Saturday, September 26, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

You will create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind multi-strand bracelet with beads of your choice and memory wire. This is a simple project for even the inexperienced beader. Kay will teach you how to plan your design and show you techniques to give it a professional finish. The completed project is perfect for dressy occasions, but also adds a bit of flair when worn with jeans.

Students will work from a kit that includes the materials needed to complete the project. A variety of beads and colors will be available to choose from, and additional kits will be available to students at a discounted rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. COVID safety precautions will be in place. 

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Herringbone Beaded Bracelets


with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Sep 30, 2020 at 1 pm

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.

About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.


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