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Ritual Making – Rose Beads

June 11, 2022 – 10 am- 3pm  R A W Textiles Studio  – 8536 SE Stark, Portland, Oregon


Registration closes June 9


The moon will be waxing while we meet and create together.  This time can be thought of as intentional and healing.  The energy is growing and accumulating which is a great time to collectively draw our energy together. There will be a ritual as to how we mix, formulate, and manifest the materials found from this earth.

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, talisman, charm, bracelet, necklace….

We will ground ourselves in rose lore and then use harvested petals from my garden for rose bead making.  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.

Alternately, think about beads you might want to incorporate into a strand.  Bring them to the workshop to show and tell.

*You will need to bring-  apron, pen, paper, roses to share, beads, some kind of container to transport the wet rose beads to your home

*I will supply roses, dye, thread, textiles, needles, gloves, information hand-out.

There will be a half hour lunch break so please bring something for nourishment.  I will provide hot tea.

There is a 7 person limit in order to have appropriate personal space.


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