Pack your imagination and join us on a bead safari to Africa! We visit the Zulu and Ndebele peoples of South Africa and the Samburu of Kenya to learn some of their unusual beading techniques. We then apply these techniques to make colorful earrings, bracelets, pins and rings using glass seed beads, wire, needle and thread. Choose from a wide variety of colorful beads to make your own fun and unique wearable projects. Pictures and examples of authentic African beadwork nurture our inspiration.
Wendy Ellsworth has been a seed bead artist since 1970 and has a private studio at her home in Weaverville, N.C. She has spent many years as an artist-in-the-schools in Colorado and Pennsylvania and helped establish an art program in the Delta, Colo., school district. She teaches classes in beadwork nationally and internationally to both adults and children, and has made eight trips to Kenya to work with Maasai and Samburu beading groups. Wendy’s book, Beading – The Creative Spirit, was published by SkyLight Paths in 2009.