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June 17, 2018



Heading Back West ... Working on New Designs and
Getting Ready to Cruise! All Abord for Alaska!

Lots of facetime on the road, heading home! Finally... It's been wonderful to meet new friends and see old ones on this trip. I've been inspired to create some new designs. Check back in a bit to see what's coming!

REFILL KIT $16.00  

Arabesque Bracelet
This graceful bracelet just seemed to come to life with the soft warm glow of the silk satin gold Czech Twins and the Czech Pearls. Choose from SEVEN beautiful color ways, I had a little too much fun working out the different variations! Some will be only available for a short time as I used some of my secret stash to make them!

Gold - Purple - Peach - Scarlet - Iris Green - Ivory - Montanta Blue


Kimono II - Winter

The necklace/strap stumped me for a bit, I went through several different designs and finally found one that felt right. I've been wanting to complete the four seasons represented by different Kimono designs for years. Kimono I - Spring has been out for quite some time, the other three have always been floating around in the back of my head and "Winter" finally escaped! It must have been this hot summer making me crave just a little winter!

This one features the snow capped peak of Mt. Fuji and the swirling winter winds over the deep blue silk design of the Kimono.

This bag is 4" wide by 5-3/4" long, large enough for your passport to fit inside. I highly suggest making a silk lining in side so that the beads themselves don't take the full weight of the contents alone.


  PATTERN ONLY $14.00    
  COMPLETE KIT $118.00  
  DELICA ONLY KIT $120.00  

KIMONO II - PATTERN OPPS!!! For anyone who has already purchased the pattern or kit, on the "BACKSIDE" COLOR KEY, #201 & #221 are reversed, they are correct on ALL the other Keys!


Upcoming Shows... Check out the new 2018 Show Schedule, lots of great shows and I'm travelling to many stores all over the country.See if I'll be near you! Come on in for a class with me and to see all the beadwork in person.


Travelling Bead Boards
All boards include binder clips to hold on lid. If you have problems with your hands, you can also pick up the self sticking velcro straps and use at least two straps, one for the length and width to hold it shut.

TBB-1 Original - 36 Spaces
7-1/2" W x 9" L x 1" H
$35 ...

My favorite still. The smaller spaces actually make it easier control your beads.

TBB-2 Designer - 32 Spaces
7-1/2" W x 9" L x 1" H
$35 ...

This combination is for seed beaders and stringers using larger crystals, pearls.

TBB-3 Mini - 19 Spaces
4-1/4" W x 7-1/2" L x 1" H
$25 ...

Perfect to tuck into your purse and
take a project along.

July 21 - 28, 2018 ::::: 2020 Date TBA

BEADING SPACES SOLD OUT - Space for non beaders available
Click Here for more information or to reserve your space

Start planning for 2020. The dates haven't been released yet but as soon as they are I will post them. The earlier you reserve your space the better the price. Your deposit is 100% Refundable up until the final payment date which is about two months before the cruise, so if you are even semi-serious, place your deposit for your cabin to hold cruise price! It's affordable if you start saving now, about $150 month will pay for your cruise (depending on cabin), flight, beader's package and some excursions!

We will be sailing to and from Seattle. There are so many fabulous places to see and explore if you've never been to this part of the country. Just voted #1 for places to visit by the Lonely Planet Guide! Plan on coming in two days early to take advantage of the pre-cruise excursion!

Pre-cruise Excursion Ideas:
Which one will be by group vote.

Option One: A trip to Shipwreck beads then downtown to the Chihuli Glass Garden then dinner at an iconic Seattle restaurant.

Option Two: Explore Chihuli Glass Garden, Pike Place Market and the Waterfront.

We will have THREE FULL DAYS of beading while at sea, PLUS plenty of open session beading when you're done with the shore excursions. We seemed to always have someone in the Hudson Room beading unless it was reserved for another group. Remember, these are very relaxed open session type classes. Start whichever project peaks your interest, switch between them. Come and go as you want.

Take advantage of all the other great shipboard activities. You are not "trapped" in class! This is supposedto be fun! Bead as much as you can take and then take a break!



Spaces are filling, Great Promo going on!
Reserve Your Space Today!

March 19 - April 3, 2019

Holland America - MS Volendam

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! Click here to see more details.

We have fabulous pricing for this cruise I don't have control over the cruise price, as it gets closer to the sailing date and the ship is filling, they take back our group rate! So if you are fairly serious about wanting to go, at least place your deposit for the cruise to lock in your cabin price. It's 100% REFUNDABLE until the final payment date next year. So you have nothing to lose except the great pricing by waiting.

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. 2018), but you will be assured the cabin you want if you reserve it now! Click here to view the Holland America 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.

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 the group discount off the cruise price, a fun goodie bag and included in all the group activities. For the non crafter companions, there is no additional fees other than your cruise price.


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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July 21 - 28
2018 Alaska Bead Cruise
Travelling with Holland America
ms Eurodam

This will be a cruise that is round trip to and from Seatle, WA.
Deposit of $350 will hold your cabin at the lowest price available now.
This is 100% refundable up until April of 2018
Click here for more info or to Sign-Up!
There is a max of 24 beaders.

September 27 - 29
NW Quilting Expo
Portland Expo Center
Portland, OR
October 3 - 6
Trunk Show & Classes
Sandy's Fabric & Machines

Kennewick, WA
October 11 - 14
Pacific International Quilt Festival
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA
October 18 - 20
Trunk Show & Classes
Just Because Bead Boutique

Temple, TX

October 24 - 27
New Location!!! Trunk Show & Classes
The Bead Studio, LLC

812 Henderson St., Rockport, TX :: 361.450.1400

November 8 - 11
International Quilt Festival
George R Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
November 15 - 17
Rusty Barn - Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Make and take classes in the booth!
Come early to reserve your space!

Tucson Expo Center, Tucson, AZ
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NEW DATE . . . March 19 - April 3, 2019
15-Day Panama Canal Bead Cruise

Holland America ::: ms Volendam

Click on the link above for more information or e-mail or call 360.271.1410.
There is a max of 24 beaders. So don't miss out, even if you're only mostly sure,
book now for the best pricing, your deposit is 100% refundable up to the final
payment date of Dec. 31, 2018!

Check back for updates and new Trunk Show & Classes that will be added throughout the year!

Launching in 2020 ... Lots to Plan!
U.F.O. Bead Retreat
Location: TBA ... got suggestion? Let me know!

This will be a fabulous getaway to help you get those
Un Fininished Objects" that you've started,
collected and said "one day I'll get around to it!" It's time!!!

This will be a fun and AFFORDABLE retreat! Lots of mini-classes and a chance to learn with local and national instructors teaching everything from basic stringing, to multiple beadweaving techniques, metal smithing, PMC, kumihimo, chain mail and more.
Click here to find out more.

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