Bead Retreat: The Second Day

"Welcome, Artists!" ©2016 Original Photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

“:Welcome, Artists!”
©2016 Original Photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. fresh and ready to greet the day.  Well, I first needed my obligatory fifteen minutes of reading the news before I had my cup of java.  Once that was out of the way, I got ready.

Gene and I walked down to the hotel’s sunny and welcoming restaurant.  He was excited to take his second beading class, an instruction on the Cellini spiral taught by one of our Bead Society Board members, Eleanor C.  But first – breakfast was at the top of the agenda.

We met one of our friends downstairs at the hotel restaurant and ate at her table.  Eggs Benedict, though rich, was my ultimate, albeit rare, treat.  Gene opted for the manly steak and eggs.  The food was good, the conversation enriching, and our day began on a good footing.

"A Rich Treat" --Eggs Benedict with Cantaloupe and Strawberries. ©2016 Original Photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

“A Rich Treat” Eggs Benedict with Cantaloupe and Strawberries.
©2016 Original Photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

My first teaching class of the day was at 9 o’clock.  My students and I worked on a bracelet constructed with 3mm cube beads and seed beads.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures to share.  Nevertheless, we had a good time and talked about nearly everything, including beading.  Ha!

Closer to noon, we broke for lunch.  The weather was around 60OF and sunny.  Our walk around the hotel campus was delightful.  I especially enjoyed the sunbathing frog near one of the many waterfalls!  Our lunch was prolonged and relaxing, and by the time the next group of classes were to begin, we were refreshed and ready.

"Bathing Frog" (c)2016 Original photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

“Bathing Frog”
(c)2016 Original photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

Gene and I took the Cellini Spiral class with Eleanor C.  Admittedly, I was confused and exasperated that I just could not get how the stitch is constructed.  I must have taken my project apart four times and swore I was incompetent!  Gene was understanding it, yet wasn’t satisfied with the tension of his work.  Then – it clicked for me.

"My Cellini" ©2016 Susan Marie Molloy - Original Photograph

“My Cellini”
©2016 Susan Marie Molloy – Original Photograph

On the fifth try, I understood what Eleanor explained.  When I initially picked up my needle, I understood the pattern and construction, but of course, I was erroneously looking at one of the beads as part of the same row I was working on instead of a previous row.  Once I jumped over that hurdle, I went to town – Now I have that stitch locked into my memory.  Eleanor is a fabulous teacher, and I’ll always remember her for that!  (She’s a very nice person, too, by the way.)

"Red and Black Cellini" ©2016 Original Photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

“Red and Black Cellini”
©2016 Original Photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

"Gene's Beach Feel Cellini" ©2016 Original Photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

“Gene’s Beach Feel Cellini”
©2016 Original Photograph by Susan Marie Molloy

Eleanor shared her personal Cellini projects with us.  She had pieces that demonstrated her talents in reversing the stitch, changing the pattern, using unusual beads, and the most impressive one was a thick – very thick – black and white project that had varying beads and formats.  Very jazzy, for sure.  She is very talented and left me in awe.

During this class, we all laughed and complained, and laughed some more, and in the end, we all learned the Cellini Stitch.

Since the next group of classes didn’t begin until 7 o’clock, we headed back to the hotel proper and grabbed a bite to eat. Gene and I went over the day and our future plans. Then we headed back to the conference room post haste.

I began my evening class with my students and good energy.  We worked on my Carly’s Twist Bracelet, which is a delightful combination of hex and seed beads in a spiraling pattern.  While most of my students got it, a few needed a little more help, but since the day was long and we were tired, we plan on getting back together to work on it at our next monthly Bead Society meeting.  One student asked for a private session instead, and I complied.  (Note to self:  Schedule that private class!)

©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

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