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Updated
July 21, 2016

 

 

New Designs!!!

All Quacked Up!
102 Across by 121 Down - 2-5/8" w x 4-1/8" long

Funny Little ducks make me smile when I see them. Classic style or all dressed up, they "quack me up!"

I'm always tempted to buy one, but I think they're like potato chips, once you start, you can't stop! I can see my house being taking over by an army of little rubber duckys!

PATTERN ONLY $12.00  
COMPLETE KIT  $54.00  
DELICA ONLY KIT $55.00  


Cardinal Joy
160 Across by 75 Down - 4-1/8" w x 2-5/8" long


When winter
closes in and the colors mute to dull browns and grey, the Cardinals create a splash of color in their bright red feathers.

 

Inspired by my friend Joy, she love Cardinals, so I just had to do one for her. I don't see them on the west coast, but they are abundant in the central to eastern parts of the US. PATTERN ONLY $12.00  
COMPLETE KIT  $44.00  
DELICA ONLY KIT  $68.00  

SURPRISE!!!
By Request ... A New Mini
1/2 Size
Travelling Bead Board Has Been Added!

Introducing the "Mini"
I have been getting multiple requests for a smaller size so here it is! Perfect to tuck into an average sized purse and go! It still has 18 spaces and a lid of course as do all the boards, and yet you're not carrying around extra weight!

I finally got an answer from the supplier for the new Melamine patterns for the base and lid and got the order in!

I chose a lovely light bamboo grain for the base and a
rich charcoal / grey grain for the lid. This way you'll have an easier time making sure you open it with the correct side UP!

It can take up to 3 weeks to get the panels in since they are made to order, so it's pushed the shipping date into the mid - late August. It will be worth the wait!

I'll be running the cards for the boards now since I've got the order in for the stock. But I'll offer the FREE SHIPPING on any PRE-Orders until July 31st. So if you want to add the "Mini" to your order you can and still get the free shipping!

TBB-1 "Original" or TBB-2 "Designer" .... $30 ....... TBB-3 "Mini" .... $22

 

Beading by the Bay...Summer Bead Retreat!!!
Friday - Sunday ::: August 19 - 21, 2016*
*Optional 2 additional days August 17 & 18.

Only 8 spaces available. Enjoy the relaxing view of the Padilla Bay and the temperate climate of the Northwest! $35 a day or $100 for all three days! Includes snacks and beverages. Fridge available for you to bring your lunch.

This will be an "Open Studio" where you choose your projects from any of my designs that you see on the website or from the designs I offer as "Cruise Projects". You can also bring bead UFOs (unfinished objects) that you have needed help with.

Class time from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch Break at 12 Noon. After official class time, you are more than welcome to just hang out and relax or continue beading, but there is no "official" help after hours. But lots of fun!

We are located right next to Bay View State Park, in Washington. For accommodations, we are within a few miles away from Mount Vernon, La Conner, Bay View and Anacortes, Washington.

Choose Your Day(s) ..... $35 per day.....

  3 Day - Fri/Sat/Sun .....$100 .....
ALL 5 DAYS - Wed. Aug. 17 - Sun. Aug, 21 ..... $170 .....

Class Registration OPEN
Road to California!

Registration for classes has opened for Road to California!

I'm teaching two classes. Full day on Tuesday, January 17th, Beaded Needle Case choose from four great designs where you will learn how to do peyote stitch and bead the easy way, over the top of your chart which is how all my designs!

Wednesday, January 18th, Evening, a fun class in Bead Embroidery and Fabric Applique, create a great mini-purse, cell phone case or tissue holder. Fabulous fabrics and beads make for a one of a kind design! Classes fill fast, don't wait to check them out! Just click on the class name. See you there!

Click here for my full travel schedule, come see me at the shows!

Beading by the Bay... August 6 - 12, 2017
Only 12 spaces avaiable!

This is a fun filled week incorporating your love of beading with getting a chance to also tour a little of the Northwest! We will break up the classes into two, two day sessions plus one open day to complete or get help with a project. The off day will give your brain and eyes to rest and give you a chance to tour downtown Seattle or take off for Victoria BC, or you can just wander through historic La Conner or Anacortes, head out to Deception Pass and take in the spectacular views or just chill out for the day. Watch the sunset over the San Juans and the bay is just one of the perks!

There are two class options, both include breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages at the studio during class days, and snacks and beverages on group tour days.

Beader's Package ... $650 - Includes 4 points worth of kits. Click here for an idea of what types of projects will be available. Final choices made two months before retreat.
Open Studio ... $275 - Kits not included, choose projects for just the kit cost.
Optional Tour Days ... include snacks and beverages for the day, transportation and entrance fees not included.
Zahara by Ella Des project choice, shown left.
Accommodations and transportation not included. Plan your travel to and from and ground transportation while you're here. I'll be looking into hotels close by and other options. One possibility are the cabins in the park next door. It's too early to reserve now, they aren't available for another three months, but I'll try booking both of them, they can sleep 3 people (one full and one set of bunk beds) with their own private bath, electricity and heat for about $90 a night. Let me know if you're interested in the cabins. They also have RV spaces with water and electricity, and regular camping spaces.

If you are coming alone, I also have a couple accommodation options between $45 - $65 night, for three singles and/or one couple, contact me for more information, 360.271.1410.

Reserve Your Space* ... $100 will hold your space. Balance due June 1, 2017
*Cancellation subject to 4% of amount paid to cover CC fees.

Beader's Package Deposit Only ..... $100 .....
Beader's Package
..... $650 .....

  Open Studio Deposit Only ..... $100 .....
Open Studio
..... $275 .....

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NEW!!!
15 Day Be Creative Cruise
March 24, 2018
Panama Canal

Holland America - MS Westerdam

For those of you who were waiting! We have a date! We are travelling EAST TO WEST this time! This time we GAIN time as we travel through the canal versus losing it! Only one sailing is going East to West. Different stops from the last bead cruise, three new ports so if you came along last time, you will have new locations to explore this time! Get away from the cold and rain, travel to where it's warm!

Now is the time to reserve your cabin. Verandahs and balconies book quickly even this far out. Your deposit is 100% refundable until the final payment date (Dec. 2017), but you will be assured the cabin you want if you reserve it now! Click here to view the itinerary.

Click here to see current class choices. NOTE: there will be many new classes added before final choices need to be made for this cruise. What's shown is for the current year's cruise.

I always suggest arriving at least one day early, you never know if your luggage will arrive too! Better safe than sorry since it's hard to get it after we sail. I will be looking into pre-cruise excursion ideas. So we normally come in two days early, so one full day in Ft. Lauderdale to sight see and possibly bead shop in advance! More later as I get time to research.

You don't have to be a beader to come along, any person who is into hand crafts, knitting, embroidery, hand quilting etc. is more than welcome to come along as an Artisan Companion, or if you have a bunch of UFO bead projects, bring them along instead of purchasing the Beaders Package. You'll still receive a fun goodie bag and be included in all the group activities. For the non crafter companions, there is no additional fees other than your cruise price.

Remember, we only work on projects while we're at sea, so when we arrive in the ports we all go and explore! Classes are all open session, you're not trapped all day at a table, once you get started you're more than able to take your project and continue working on it in one of the many beautiful lounges and observation areas! We travelled all over the ship last time, taking advantage of the different areas from the Lido Deck by the Pool, to the Canaletto Restaurant and up to the Crows Nest!

Fly into Ft. Lauderdale and flying home from San Diego, CA. Last time it wasn't much different from the two locations as it would have been round trip. E-mail me with any questions or to reserve your space!

ms Westerdam ::: Panama Canal 2018 ::: Cabin Categories:
All prices are based on double occupancy, please e-mail me for single occupancy or other cabin pricing.
If you don't have a room mate and are flexible we can help you double up in a cabin. if you do not have a travel companion we will do our best to find you a room mate, but if not the single supplement would apply. The beds can be made into two singles instead of a queen. $600 deposit reserves your cabin. 100% refundable up to the final payment date of December 31, 2017.
Cabin prices are subject to change as we get closer to the sailing date. Book early for the best rate!

Questions or ready to reserve your space? E-mail me bead@i-bead.com or call me at 360.271.1410 PST


Inside Cabin
$2400 pp

Ocean View
$2625 pp

Verandah
$3200 pp
Private Balcony

Signature Suite
$4300 pp
3rd Person $1800

Neptune Suite
$7775 pp

The Artist Package is $575, this is for 5 full day classes, includes all your bead/quilt/craft kits with complete instructions and material supplies. You'll have 5 Points to choose projects with. You will need to bring your basic tools based on your projects, a list will be provided upon final selections.

Artistan Companion fee $150 gives you access to pre/post cruise events, and group events during the cruise.
Ability to purchase individual kits to work on the ship along with any of your current projects!

Interested in Beading & Art Retreats?

I'll be planning more mini art and beading retreats summer 2016 in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Washington State. To find out more click here or sign up for my beading retreat newsletter.

The mini Art Retreats will be open sessions. Enjoy working inside or outside overlooking Padilla Bay. You can learn anything I have kitted in my studio or pulled from my HUGE bead stash, OR you can bring a beading project you've needed help with! There will be beading, applique quilt designs, and who knows what else available by then for you to explore and create!

Having Fun with Applique
Art Quilt Designs!

I have new ones on the drawing board and samples on the way. Click here to see the quilt designs. If you have a pattern idea e-mail it to me. If you want your fluffy buddy imortalized in fabric, I do custom designs, .75 cents per sq. inch., portrait with placement and color code chart. If it's one I'd like to use as a design for retail and it's okay with you, you will recieve the pattern for FREE! Just e-mail me several pictures of your furry friend close up and in action, and his/her name and a little about them. It helps me capture more of their personality.

Join me on Facebook!
I've been posting new pictures of designs and I'll be blogging a little on my travels as I get on the road. Just search my name "Amy Loh Kupser" in Facebook and send me a Friend Request!

Private Teaching...
As I travel cross country, if I'm passing through or fairly close to your town I offer private classes. Minimum students 4 and I need a place to park my RV, and 110v power for free, in front of your house works just fine! I don't charge for my travel or stay, since I was coming through anyway. Contact me in advance to find out if I'll be anywhere by you, or look at my schedule and you can sort of figure out where I'll be and around what dates. Click here to see what classes are available and the prices.

Classes at Shows
Keep checking or sign-up for my e-mail newsletter to be the first to know where I'll be and to get free tickets (not all shows give us tickets though but I'll post when I have them and for which ones)! Plus new classes to be added at the trunk shows and crafting shows.

 

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Beading by the Bay... Summer Bead Retreat!!!
Friday - Sunday ::: August 19 - 21, 2016
Only 8 spaces available. Enjoy the relaxing view of the Padilla Bay and the temperate climate of the Northwest!
$35 a day or $100 for all three days! Includes snacks and beverages. Fridge available for you to bring your lunch.

Choose Your Day(s) ..... $35 per day.....   3 Day - Fri/Sat/Sun .....$100 .....

August 31 - September 7, 2016
2016 Alaska Bead Creative Cruise
Travelling on Holland America ms Volendam
Back by popular demand, for those of you who missed out or want to come along again and visit a different part of Alaska here's your chance. Limited to 32 beaders! No limit for non-beaders.

Contact me for more information or to reserve your space. Deposits and any payments made to the cruise are 100% refundable up til June 1, 2016!

September 22 - 24
NW Quilt Expo
Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR

September 28 - October 1
Trunk Show & Classes
Sparkles Beads
207 5th Street, Castle Rock, CO

October 12 - 16
Trunk Show & Classes ::: NEW DESIGNS!
Wild Beads
2833 Galleria Drive,  Arlington, TX
October 18 - 22
Trunk Show & Classes ::: NEW DESIGNS!
Just Because Beads Boutique
1704 West Avenue M, Temple TX
October 29 - 31
International Quilt Market - Wholesale Only
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
November 2 - 6
Internaitonal Quilt Festival
George R. Brown Convention Center ::: Houston, TX
November 10 - 12
Trunk Show & Classes ::: Call to Reserve Your Seat!
Tokay Beaded Art
1407 W. 2nd Street, Roswell, NM ::: 575-62609809
November 17 - 19
Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Washington State Fairgrounds
Puyallup, WA
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January 12 - 15
Pasadena Bead & Design Show
Hilton Pasadena Hotel
168 S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA

January 19 - 22
Road to California Quilt Show
NEW Booth Location! NOT the Tent.
I'm in the HALLWAY Between the Two Expo Halls!

Teaching TWO Classes ... Click on Show link above to register.
Jan. 17th - Peyote Needle Case
Jan. 18th - Bead Embroidery and Fabric Applique
Ontario Convention Center ::: Ontario, CA
January 26 - 28
Rusty Barn - Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Arizona State Fairgrounds
Phoenix, AZ
January 30 - February 4
Best Bead Show
Kino Veterans Community Center
2805 East Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ
February 7
Trunk Show & Classes
Sun City Bead Group
Sun City, AZ
February 9 - 14?
Trunk Show & Classes
Peacemakers Country Store
1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, CA
February 17 - 18
Trunk Show & Classes Open to All
Sunkissed Stitchers ANG
La Verne, CA
February 23 - 25
Rusty Barn - Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Pomona Fairplex - Building 6
Pomona, CA
March 2 - 5
Sew & Stitchery Expo
Washington State Fair
110 9th Ave, Puyallup, WA
April DTBA
Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar
Denver Merchandise Mart
Denver, CO
May DTBA
Kansas City Bead Blast
Kansas City, KS
June 7 - 11
Bead & Button Show
Milwaukee Center
Milwaukee, WI
Check back for updates and new Trunk Show & Classes that will be added throughout the year!

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