Instructor Bio

Candace Eck
Candace has been making jewelry since high school, when she made a ring out of a broken bangle bracelet and she hasn't looked back! In college, her principle instructor in silversmithing was Marjorie Schick, who is a nationally known artist.  At that time, in addition to learning all the traditional methods, Candace experimented with found objects and vintage pieces into her wire jewelry.  Having been in several art shows, she recently won an award for a necklace that included (a found object) an arm from a doll.  She loves ammonites and uses them frequently in her jewelry along with using pearls with wire.  She has taught jewelry making and basic silversmithing at Beaddazzled in Wichita for several years.  Candace prefers to teach techniques so students can create their own designs with as much assistance from her as is needed, or the project can be completed as shown.

Phone: (316) 250-2700 (Cell)

Sue-Ellen Flescher
Certified Zentangle Instructor (CZT) in Rhode Island, July 2015.

Phone: Cell (913) 568-9353

Sally Kelley
Sally and her sisters have owned the bead and craft store Plum Bazaar in Emporia, KS since 1977 and opened a Plum Bazaar store in Branson, MO in 2008. Sally teaches jewelry classes at both stores.

Phone: (620) 342-6607

Adele Kimpell
Adele has been involved in creative endeavors, from knitting to quilting to tatting to macramé, since the age of 13. Introduced to off-loom bead weaving in 1994 by an 18 yr. old girl, who was a friend of her son, she was intrigued and soon discovered Diane Fitzgerald and Beautiful Bead in downtown Minneapolis. she signed up for several of Diane's classes in the mid 90's and Diane's knowledge, enthusiasm, encouragement and teaching style awakened a passion. Adele has been intrigued with the endless possibilities offered by the vast variety of bead colors, shapes, sizes, and types and has found her niche in designing with seed beads and off-loom weaving.
Adele is primarily a self-taught bead weaver with an education in nursing. She is exceptionally knowledgeable in all bead weaving techniques and is especially fond of diagonal peyote, Ndebele (herringbone) and right angle weave. Adele's design philosophy is to design for the novice to intermediate bead artist but to incorporate elements that appeal to the advanced bead artist and to keep the time to finish a project between three to ten hours.
A desire to share her love of beads and the knowledge she has gained while developing her own skills led her to begin teaching private classes in the fall of 2001 then progressed to teaching at bead shops, bead societies and guilds, and bead shows at a national level to inspire the artistic spirit in others. Adele finds great satisfaction in passing on her knowledge and skills to give her students solid techniques and how each person embraces a project and makes it his/her own.
When she is not teaching, she is busy with experimenting with technique, authoring patterns, adding to her bead stash and designing new pieces. Adele is the founder of and a partner in Bead Dreamers.
Adele teaches at Birdstone Bead Gallery in Excelsior, MN and has taught at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, WI; Bead Monkey in Minneapolis, MN and St. Paul, MN; the Nordic Gypsy in Rochester, MN; the Great Lakes Beadworker's Guild in Southfield, MI; Beadculture in Jackson, MI; Craft Essentials in Santa Barbara, CA; the Kansas City Beas Blast in Kansas City, KS; Bead Fest in Philadelphia, PA; The Whole Bead Show in Tuscon, AZ; Twin Cities Bead Bazaar in Minneapolis, MN; and the Art Glass and Bead Show in Madison, WI. 
Adele is a member of the Upper Midwest Bead Society (UMBS) in Minneapolis and has been a presenter at UMBS on the subject of "Documenting Your Designs - Authoring and Illustrating a Pattern".

Teri Lawson
Teri began beading about 25 years ago in her previous life as a geologist in Texas. She found out that when you put a hole in a rock, it became a BEAD! Her love of rocks and minerals drew her to semi-precious beads, stringing and pearl knotting wonderful Earth elements. The love of color drew her to those tiny seed beads.
The last 16 years she has worked almost exclusively with seed beads, crystals and pearls.  Designing new and exciting ways to put beads together is her passion. Teaching students to create and expand their skills is her joy.

Janna Lehmer
Janna got her start in jewelry making in 2011 through a part-time job at a local bead store, Bead Boutiqu in Kansas City. There, she fell in love with various jewelry media and has been designing and teaching at that same local bead shop ever since.
Janna is an active member of the Bead Society of Greater Kansas City and has taught workshops and free classes for her community. She has been the Classes Chairperson for Bead Blast, in Kansas City, as well as teaching, for the past 3 years.
Janna's design philosophy is "have fun!" She is known for her patience, helpful hints and tricks and her love of teaching.
Janna is a partner in 2sistersjewelrykc.

Velvet Needles
Two sisters that have crafted together for years and share the same passion for quality and creativity. They never start simple, always choosing difficult, highly detailed projects. The harder the project, the better, seed beads have always found a pace into whatever craft they take up.
Coming from an extremely creative family, they learned everything from beading to woodworking, ceramics to sewing and anything else that may have peaked their creative interest. With each new interest, they research techniques and supplies, and, with determination, learn everything that is needed to begin a new project. With that determination, and no formal training, they have mastered many of the most popular beading techniques.
With a natural eye for color and design, and an endless color palette to choose from, seed beading has quickly become their passion.

Patty Welch and Beverly Potty
Beverly Potty - She has been a member of the Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild for 6 years and has met some very creative and delightful people there.  She has taught several beginning Polymer Clay classes in her home and has been responsible for starting several people onto their own Obsessive Compulsive Polymer Clay journey.  She thinks of herself as an excellent technician. Polymer Clay is fun, inexpensive to get started, and a very forgiving medium.  Success in the medium comes from learning the basics of clay preparation and curing and applying techniques from every other medium you have ever worked with from embroidery (the back should look almost as good as the front) to woodworking.
Patty Welch - She has been playing with Polymer Clay and has been a member of the Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild for about 7 years.  She has been actively participating for the past 4 years.  She currently teaches all the Polymer 101 classes for the Guild.  She started working with Polymer Clay when there were beads she wanted for a certain design that she couldn't buy, so she made them!  Then she found there was so much more to this medium.  You are only limited to your imagination.

Mary Lynn Westervelt
Mary Lynne has been creating beaded jewelry and art work for many years. Initially self taught, she has been fortunate to study with a number of national instructors including participation in a Master Class with Sherry Serafini. Mary Lynne has been a teacher at the Bead & Button Show and for the past few years at Bead Blast.

Phone: (816) 260-8404

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