Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday Information

We will be closing early (1 PM) on Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed all day Thursday, November 26.

We will reopen, with extended hours (9 AM to 7 PM) on Friday, November 27, for a special Black Friday Sale!

And don't forget our 2 upcoming workshops - Kumihimo on December 11 (Friday) and Cold Connections on December 12 and 13 (Saturday and Sunday) - registration is in full swing - don't miss out!

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 13, 2009

Exciting New Workshops!

We have an event-filled weekend of new workshops coming up in December - you won't want to miss out on this rare opportunity!

We are offering 2 exciting new classes, in an intense, information-packed format, both taught by Kathy Morris, a visiting teacher from the William Holland Lapidary School in Young Harris, Georgia, where she has taught a variety of classes since 2003, including Beadweaving, Wire-Wrapping, and Cold Connections. Many of you have already met Kathy; she is a dynamic instructor and an endless source of beading information (ask her how seed beads are made!), and we are anxiously awaiting her upcoming visit!

On Friday, December 11, Kathy will be offering instruction in Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding with beads. This will be an all-day class, from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and the project will be a rope necklace, which the student may chose to finish with a focal bead, or fringed as a lariat, or simply leave unadorned. The fee for this class is $45 plus supplies. All supplies will be available at YaYa Beads, but if you have a favorite focal bead that you have been wondering how to use, feel free to bring it! [$30 deposit required for registration.]

Examples of Kumihimo - (click photos to enlarge):

On Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13, Kathy will be teaching Cold Connections. Cold Connections is a fascinating MetalWorks process, in which a variety of materials and found objects are attached without the use of glues or soldering. The creative possibilities with Cold Connections are virtually endless – limited only by your imagination.

Kathy has taught this Cold Connections workshop here before, and does not designate projects in advance - she allows each student to design their own projects, and in the past, students have left the workshop with anywhere from 4 to 8 completed projects, plus some works-in-progress they could finish at home later.

The fee for this intense 2-day workshop is $135.00, and includes ALL materials, literature, consumables, and supplies to be used in the class. [$65 deposit required for registration.] Any additional cost incurred would be for embellishment or finishing of the designs (such as crystals, beads, or perhaps chain to complete a pendant), or for the purchase of tools and/or materials that the student may wish to acquire from the instructor or YaYa Beads to continue working at home with cold connections.

The workshop is planned for all day Saturday and Sunday, from 9 AM to 6 PM both days. We will offer a short break for lunch, but we want to maximize our learning time - so feel free to bring snacks and beverages, and store them in our fridge. Past students have been too excited about the class to leave for lunch!

TOOLS NEEDED for Cold Connections: Chasing hammer, riveting hammer, steel block, metal shears, small ball peen hammer. If you have these tools, please bring them clearly marked with your name. YaYa Beads will also have the necessary tools and materials for use available at the workshop. Additionally, many tools and supplies will also be available for purchase for any interested students. SAFETY GLASSES are strongly recommended, but will not be provided – please make sure you come to class with safety glasses – you can get these at Lowe’s, Walmart, etc.

Some examples of Cold Connections pieces (click photos to enlarge):

Kathy's last Cold Connections Workshop at YaYa Beads filled up within 3 days. Class size in Cold Connections is limited to 6 students, and Kumihimo registration is limited to 8 students, so don't hesitate to register if these classes interest you!
YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA 30907
behind the Washington Road Applebee's


Congratulations to Dee Dee Miller, who won our October giveaway - the beadwoven pink fringe bracelet!

Our November drawing will be for these holiday Swarovski snowman earrings - good luck!