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Rose Beads

June 13, and 20, 2020 –  R A W Textiles Studio  – 8536 SE Stark, Portland, Oregon

13th  10-3 pm     20th  10-1 pm


Registration closes June 12

The moon will be waxing while we meet and create together.  This time can be thought of as intentional and healing.  There will be a ritual to how we mix, formulate, and manifest the materials found from this earth.

The first workshop will be 5 hours and the second will be 3 hours.

I have been creating beads from fresh roses for many years and it has given me an opportunity to learn how to collect and preserve the gifts from nature.  You could say it has been a gateway to nature worship.  In this workshop we will explore the magic inside of you, while working within the group collective. There is no limit to what you can create but I was thinking prayer flags, wall hanging, talisman, bracelet, necklace….

Day 1   –   We will ground ourselves in rose lore and then harvest petals from my garden.  Feel free to bring any roses that you have access to.  Most preferable is reds, pinks, purple, darker colors vs lighter.  I will be sharing my technique of creating these beads and together we will make several batches of pulp to form beads with. What are the tools to create and how can you manifest an object?  There will be a demo on simple embroidery stitches that can be incorporated into you designs.

Then there will be a few dye pots available to create colors onto a variety of fabrics and threads. I will create some baths with local color rich in tannin and something bright such as madder root.

Day 2  –  We will meet again the next week and bring together the items as discussed previously to construct something with the beads and fibers.  This time lapse will give you an opportunity to develop what you have started in the first session.  The beads will be dry and there will be plenty to share.

Things to thing about that may accompany your project are found, collected, cherished and handed down items.  Stones, bones, plants, leather, fabric, beads, fur, paper, chains, wire, objects with holes, feathers, thread, embroidery…

You will need to bring–  apron, pen, paper, objects to embellish, roses to share

I will supply – latex gloves, recipes, needles, thread, cotton fabric, bead findings,  leather scraps

*There will be a short break on the first class so please come prepared to nourish yourself as needed.  I will provide light refreshments.  There is a 5 person limit in order to have appropriate personal space.


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