Native American Beading
Aug 2 - 6, 2021
9AM - 3PM
This course explores the rich tradition of Native American beadwork. Participants start by learning to weave on a traditional bead loom with colorful embroidery threads for the warp. There are many traditional bead designs to choose from and students are encouraged to make their own unique patterns. One also experiments with two Native American bead-weaving stitches to make dangle earrings or a pendant for a necklace. Native American stories and myths are woven into each day’s activities as well as different beading symbols and their meanings.
Wendy Ellsworth has been a seed bead artist since 1970 and has a private studio at her home in Weaverville, NC. She has spent many years as an Artist-in-Schools in Colorado and Pennsylvania and teaches classes in beadwork nationally and internationally to both adults and children. She has made 10 trips to Kenya to work with Maasai and Samburu beading groups. In 2019, she was a Designer of the Year for Beadwork Magazine. Her book, Beading – the Creative Spirit, was published by SkyLight Paths in 2009.
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Lodging & Meals
Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations.
We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.
The Ranch Café meal plan that is included with Room and Board fees strives to provide healthy, creative meals that will nourish your artistic creativity. The meal plan includes 5 days of continental breakfasts that will include a hot offering, 5 lunches with a selection of offerings, and 5 dinners.
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Child & Teen Scholarships
Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, both individuals and foundations, either through endowed funds or special gifts.