Believe in Yourself!

“My background in making jewellery and doing all sorts of crafts comes naturally”, says Pamela Kearns. “My mom was a knitter and my sister does counted cross stitch. I started making things in Brownies and then Girl Guides and never really stopped.

“I started beading almost 20 years ago. I honestly thought beading was nothing more than stringing one bead after another along a wire to make a necklace, she admits. I went to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival (as it was then known) and saw tiny beads and how to put them together with a needle a thread. The love affair was born! The peyote stitch was the first stitch I learned and it remains my favourite. I’ve been fortunate to take classes from Jean Power who inspired me to do more geometric beading. I also loved the energy that Jill Wiseman generate in her classes; she is an amazing instructor.

“Teaching was a natural evolution for me. I like to problem-solve and teaching allows me to do that for and with others. I also get to share my enthusiasm of the various techniques and how to assemble jewellery”, she says. “One of my favourite classes is Jewellery Making 101. Students come in completely unsure of themselves but often have a vision of what they want to do. It is so rewarding to see the ‘Ah ha moment’ when a student realizes they can make a piece of jewellery themselves.

“I have enjoyed some real high points”, says Pam. “My Boho Bangle was published in June/July 2013 issue of Beadwork. In 2014, I attended and taught my first classes at Bead and Button. My colleague Rochelle (Kilmer) and I were getting ready for the Meet the Teacher evening at Bead and Button and I kept saying that I couldn’t believe I was there!” Pam has since taught at Bead and Button in 2015 and in 2016.

Life hasn’t always been so rosy for Pam. “Several years ago I underwent a gastric bypass and have since lost 165lbs. There were some complications but I got through them. Ive also had lack of employment and, therefore, serious financial difficulties that included bankruptcy but I got past them too. The result of all of this was a pretty steely resolve – if I can survive the past, then I can survive the present and the future”, admits Pam. “It strengthened my ability to believe in myself. Of course, I didn’t do it all; I had lots of help from God and from friends.”

Pam’s advice to others? “Believe in yourself and your artistic vision”, says Pam. “Observe what is around you and gather inspiration from all kinds of sources. Creativity comes when you try to get the vision from your mind through your hands to create a component or jewellery.”

Bead-Treat class: Swarovski Trillion Component Bracelet

Discover how to create triangular peyote bezels around sparkling 10mm Swarovski Trillion rivolis! Well start the class by learning how to do simple triangular peyote using larger beads before we graduate to using size 11/0 Delicas. Then the fun will begin by learning to create a triangular bezel. Increases and decreases and zipping your components together will be part of the days curriculum. This class is suitable for beginners; however, knowing peyote stitch will be helpful.

The project will focus on making the bracelet as shown, but youll also have the instructions on how to create two pendants and earrings – all using the same type of rivoli component.

This class includes your kit of 12 Swarovski Trillion rivolis, 2 colours of size 11/0 Delica beads and a sliding tube clasp and findings with full-colour, illustrated instructions. Colour choices will be available.

Get to know the Bead-Treat Instructors: Pamela Kearns
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