Chinese Coin Necklace

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 This project utilizes a simple netting stitch worked in flat circles to create  ‘coins.’ The ‘coins’ are linked together during construction of the project. The clasp is a simple peyote toggle. The project requires only needle, thread and beads.

This project was inspired by a rare, ancient Chinese coin dating back to 300 BC. In ancient China, money was shaped like a knife and the end of the knife had a hole to hang on the bench or table. Over time, the knife part disappeared and only the "handle" or the coin remained. The coin's shape is symbolic. The round outside represents heaven (the universe) and the center hole represents China (Earth). In China, the symbol for ‘country’ is surrounded by a square, which is probably why the round coin with a round hole was short-lived and is so rare - yet examples of it live on today

Instructor: Adele Kimpell Ms Kimpell is an experienced bead designer and instructor. She has been teaching for the past ten years. Most recently having taught at Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild Bead Retreat, the Upper Midwest Bead Society, the Madison Art Glass and Bead Show, the Marshalltown, Iowa Bead Bash, the Bead Monkey in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Nordic Gypsy in Rochester, MN and Bead Culture in Jackson, MI. Ms. Kimpell is part owner of a small business, Bead Dreamers, whose focus is designing, authoring patterns and teaching. Learn more about Adele Kimpell.
Level:  Beginner
Class Fee:  $26      Kit Fee:  $40
Date: Saturday May 5, 2012
Time:  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Length:  3 Hour
Kit Includes:  All directions, diagrams, and beads to cinplete project.                                                    
  • · Size 11° seed beads 20 to 25 grams each in 4 to 7 colors for the necklace.

    · Nymo D, KO, One G, or Sono thread in colors to match beads

    · Microcrystalline wax

    · Size 12 beading needle

    Students may provide their own supplies.
Additional Supplies needed: Scissors, personal task lamp and/or magnification, if desired. 
                                              (Instructor provides work surface which is returned to instructor after class)
Mail-in Registration Closes:  April 25, 2012.  Students May Register on line until May 4, 2012.
                                                                    Students may sign in day of class if seats are still available.
Class Minimun:  2         Class Maximum:  15
Questions?  Contact the instructor: 
 Adele Kimpell 
 Phone: 612-730-5821   
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updated 4-30-2011