2018 Bead Retreat

This extraordinary bead retreat was held at the Mansion at Elfindale located in the Queen City of the Ozarks, Springfield, Missouri on September 14, 15 and 16, 2018.

This retreat included three days of class instruction creating unique and beautiful jewelry from highly renowned bead artist, Cynthia Rutledge.


About the Artist

Cynthia is a contemporary artist and teacher focusing on beadwork as her medium.  She specializes in peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques with an emphasis on developing sculptural unsupported shapes in beadwork.

For more about Cynthia Rutledge, visit her website at http://www.cynthiarutledge.net.

The Projects

For additional information on the class dates and locations see Cynthia's website at http://www.cynthiarutledge.net/.

Rue de la Paix

Friday, September 14, 2018

This was a one day intermediate to advanced class using tubular Peyote stitch.

Estelle's Sautior

Saturday, September 15, 2018

This was a one day intermediate to advanced class using Cubic Right Angle Weave, Flat and tubular Peyote, Herringbone, Netting and Fringing and embellishing techniques.

Gabrielle's Muse

Sunday, September 16, 2018

This was a one day intermediate to advanced class using Tubular and Flat Peyote stitch with increasing, odd count flat Peyote stitch, bezel work and Picots and embellishing techniques.

The Attendees and Fun!

We had a blast at the first retreat.  Got to know new friends and old.  Thank you to all the attendees for coming and making our weekend the best.  We couldn't have done it without every one of YOU!

The Location

Mansion at Elfindale

Day 1 - Good Morning

Everyone say "Hi!"

Next Door Prize goes to.... Dawn!

She's very excited!

Cynthia draws the next door prize

But where is the beader....hmmmmm, she's not in her seat.....where's Courtney?

Serious Beading time

No worries, you can finish that project by the end of class.  LOL

Treasure Chain kit from Leslee Frumin door prize

Last, but not least, Lisa V.

Ready for the beaders

All is quiet.....for now.

Door Prizes

Everyone gets a door prize!

Dry Gulch $25 Gift Certificate

Yeah Dawn!

Courtney's door prize

And accepting the door prize for Courtney is Malinda!

Mikki Ferugiaro $25 Gift Certificate

Door Prize goes to Carol!

Hey, look over here!

Malinda's looking for her door prize.

Goodie bags

Goodie bag every day!

Necklace kit from Marcia Balonis

Door Prize goes to Lisa K.!

Pattern from Cindy Holsclaw

Congrats Dawn!

Fairy Triangles kit from Cindy Holsclaw

Congrats Courtney!

Pattern from Cindy Holsclaw

Carol is very excited to get another pattern.

Tassel kit, Earring kit and bag-o-rivolis from Melissa Shippee

Door prize goes to Jennifer!

Next Steps...

Register for the 2019 retreat and be a queen for the weekend.