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Master Class Helena Tang-Lim

Rotating Worry Vessel
Sunday, May 31 – Tuesday, June 2, 2020


In this workshop, students will learn to create a beaded “Worry Vessel” designed with rotating modules that, not unlike worry beads, can rotate in your hands, perhaps as you contemplate your next beading project. You will begin by learning to plan your vessel, then be taken step-by-step through the process of building and assembling the base and modules.

Techniques will include peyote, netting, and cubic right angle weave (CRAW). You’ll learn to use thread tension to control the rigidity of the structure, increase and decrease peyote to give the structure contours, and use color placements and embellishments to create interesting variations to an otherwise plain background.

The vessel is a self-supporting container built entirely of seed beads and pearls. It is up to the beader to decide which, how many, and in what order the modules are added. Two of the modules are designed to rotate around a central core. A lid topped with a crystal rivoli closes the vessel. The finished product is also a functional container.
PLEASE NOTE: this photo is an example of the style of the class, but is not the final photo.

Who should take this class?

This class is for advanced intermediate students. Students must know peyote and cubic right-angle weave (CRAW).

3-day class fee: $1,145 plus kit fee (Pricing to come)

Added benefits for Master Class students:

  • Waived registration fee.
  • Advance registration for general classes.
  • Fun-filled tote bag.
  • Special event tickets.
  • Graduation celebration.
  • Transportation to class location.
  • Breakfast and lunch on class days.
  • Commemorative Show bead, pin, and T-shirt.

Helena Tang-Lim started beading in the mid-1990s so she could make a pair of beaded shoes for herself. From there, a passion for the colorful, glittering little balls of glass and crystal was born. “After shoes, there came little amulet bags in peyote weave, then knitted bags, then crocheted bags and accessories and ... .” The list of possibilities hasn’t ended yet.

A predominantly self-taught artist, Tang-Lim specializes in using tiny seed beads in many off-loom techniques to create colorful, exquisite beaded creations. Her beaded wearables often resemble fine haute jewelry, which she loves. Inspired by the colors and cultures of her adopted country of Singapore, many of her works incorporate accents and nuances of her people and races.

Tang-Ling left a career managing an eyewear distribution company to pursue a beading full-time, and now spends her time “painting” with her beads to create beaded jewelry and objects. She regularly conducts beading workshops around the world, which indulges her passion for travel. Her virtual shop, Manek-Manek Beads, takes its name from the Malay word for beads.

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