Join us in 2018




Quatrefoil Links


A modern rendition of an ancient shape.


Often found in architecture, this shape lends itself nicely to jewelry in a simplistic form.


The necklace has a striking pattern repeat with fine links attaching each component.

Imperial Crown

Imperial Crown


A modern rendition of a crown-like shape reinterpreted into the form of a necklace pendant.


Like a puzzle, each piece is stitched so that it fits together in an orderly whole with dimension and proper proportions.


The necklace integrates open square motifs which mimic the same outline created in the bezels on the pendant, creating harmony and visual interest.

Kate McKinnon

Guest Artist

The lovely and talented Kate McKinnon will join us as a guest artist and speaker Thursday evening. She has masterminded two previous publications, Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Volumes 1 & 2. These open source architectural beadwork projects collaborate with a worldwide team of innovators, and will soon be followed by a third volume in the series. Kate’s talk is sure to offer insight into the world of mathematical and otherworldly design, and inspiration for you to follow in your own beadwork.

Kate McKinnon


We are thrilled to welcome you to the central coast, extending our hospitality to encourage your creativity and make you feel at home and an essential part of the group.


Join us for beading and experiencing some of what San Luis Obispo has to offer. Melanie has designed two pieces especially for this Preview Event. You will have an opportunity to enjoy a day beading at Niner Wine Estates plus a day at Melanie’s Studio. Lunches are included as well as an evening Reception.


Holiday Inn Express in San Luis Obispo is our partnered hotel. Located downtown, this hotel offers spacious king or double bed rooms with complimentary breakfast, turn-down service and valet. It is within walking distance from restaurants and shops. There is also ample parking for anyone driving to San Luis Obispo. If you want to share a room with another student let us know and we can assist you.

Each student can book her reservation directly with the hotel. Our negotiated rate for our group is $119.00 for Thursday and $159 for Friday/Saturday (excluding taxes). Please call (805) 544-8600 with the group name
School of Beadwork.

Holiday Inn Express

1800 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Group Name: School of Beadwork

You can learn more about Holiday Inn Express on their website at

Johnson Trail


Travel into San Luis Obispo is convenient and easy via airlines or train. For air travel, American and United (Skywest) service the San Luis Obispo airport. Taxi or Uber is available from the airport to the hotel (5 miles). We do not recommend renting a car unless you are sightseeing on your own. Bus Service is provided for all Preview Event happenings with the group. A schedule of activities will be provided to each attendee closer to the date of the event.

We recommend you arrive for the event no later than Thursday afternoon. Kate McKinnon will inspire us Thursday evening with the amazing things she is doing with Geometric Beadwork. You won’t want to miss it.

Learn with Melanie

Hands On

Spend time beading within an interactive group with one-on-one support and open beading as a group.

Attention to Detail

Demos will be tailored to each student and attention given to each step in the teaching of each piece.

Encouraging Atmosphere

Learning is a process. Melanie’s style of teaching is reassuring and kind. She will provide suggestions and inspiration along the way.

Scott and Melanie

Off the Beaten Path

Melanie & Scott are your hosts while visiting the area sights. This is a chance to see the beautiful scenery up close and enjoy fresh air and a chance to stretch your legs. There are many little spots that are a wonder to see and take in. Bring a jacket and your walking shoes.

2018 Dates To Be Announced

Call for more information, 805.440.2613

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