Laura McCabe is a primarily self-taught beadweaver with an education in historical costume reproduction and restoration, and anthropology. She produces elaborately beaded body adornment and sculpture that combines Native American, African, and Victorian beadweaving techniques with modern materials and color schemes.
She started Just Let Me Bead in 1995, at which time she sold her original designs to boutiques and museum shops. In 2002, she began teaching her art and has continue to do so across the US and throughout the world. She exhibits her work in national and international beadwork exhibitions, and continues to sell some of her finished work here on line.
She maintains a private studio in Hampton, Connecticut where she, her husband Michael and a dog named Lucy continue to live the creative life.
September 1993 - March 1997; University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut (historical costume restoration)
January, 2002 - 2003; University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut (anthropology and archaeology)
Selected Exhibitions, Honors & Awards:
-June 2013; Bead Dreams 2013, The Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI (second place, objects and accessories)
-June, 2013; awarded the Excellency in Bead Artistry Award at the Bead & Button Show
-January, 2013 Saul Bell Design Award, second place in beads
-July - August 2012; The Art of Beads II, The Mill Gallery, Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT (juror)
-June, 2010; Master Class Teacher at The Bead & Button Show, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
-April, 2010; Top Ten Teacher Award, Bead & Button Show
-April, 2008; Smithsonian Craft Show Exhibitor, Washington D.C.
-June 2006; Bead Dreams 2006, The Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI (first place, seed bead work)
-May 2006; Bead International (touring exhibition), the Dairy Barn, Athens, OH
-June, 2005; Bead Dreams 2005, The Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI (first place, finished jewelry (collaboration with Lisa Niven Kelly), third place, seed beads)
-June, 2004; Bead Dreams 2005, The Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI (third place, seed beads)
-September, 2003; Brave Destiny (surrealist art exhibition), Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
-September, 2003; DeCordova Style, DeCordova Scupture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
-June 2003; Bead Dreams 2003, The Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI (best of show; first place, seed beads)
-April 2003; Gleaming Treasures, Embellishment 2003, Chicago, IL (third place, seed bead work; third place, finished jewelry; judges choice)
-June 2002; Bead Dreams 2002, The Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI (finalist, seed bead work)
-May 2002 - June 2004; Bead International (touring exhibition), the Dairy Barn, Athens, OH
-July 2001; Gleaming Treasures, Embellishment 2001, Portland, OR (best of show; first place, finished jewelry)
-May 2001; Bead Dreams 2001, The Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI (finalist, seed bead work)
-May - June 2001; The Art of Beads, The Mill Gallery, Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT (first place, jewelry)
-July 2000; Gleaming Treasures, Embellishment 2000, Portland, OR (second place, finished jewelry; judges choice)
-June 2000; Bead Dreams 2000, The Bead and Button Show, Portland, OR (first place, finished jewelry)
-July 1998; Gleaming Treasures, Embellishment 1998, Sacramento, CA (finalist, seed bead work)
-Extensive workshops across the United States in: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
-Extensive workshops internationally including: Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, Tasmania, and Wales.
To learn more about Laura, see her website at http://www.justletmebead.com.
Laura offers a range of workshops in a variety of topics. Most workshops are project oriented and students will study the techniques necessary to complete the appointed design. Master classes are also available. These focus on the creative process and the development of technical and design skills rather than a specific project. Below you will find the photos and description of all the workshops currently scheduled to be taught. For more details on dates, times and registration, please visit the Road Show Schedule.
Below is just a sample of some of her beadwork. Please visit Laura's website for more beautiful jewelry and shopping at http://www.JustLetMeBead.com.
There's nothing like a good old treasure hunt and this one will lead you to a stunning necklace and earring set! The unique X structure is build using 3-D beading techniques that utilize herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, and right angle weave. The elegant neck strap is comprised of herringbone and chenille stitch. Workshop instructions cover construction of both the necklace and the earrings. Proficiency in herringbone, peyote stitch, right angle weave and chenille is highly recommended.
This elegant lariat necklace features three stunning, highly sculptural fuchsia flowers. Combination stitching and unique assembly techniques result in these life-like beaded wonders of nature. Techniques include peyote stitch, right-angle weave, herringbone and chenille stitch. Proficiency in all four stitches is strongly recommended for this workshops.
The stunning bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and with its vibrant blues and greens, lends itself perfectly to a stunning beadwork design. My most complete floral structure workshop to date, this design features bluebonnet flowers, each constructed using innovative combination stitching, then attached to the stem which is extended out into a neck strap. These flower forms can be used as a single cluster necklace, a two cluster lariat, or both can be combined to create a stunning 3 cluster neck bouquet! Techniques include herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, and chenille stitch, Proficiency in all three stitches is highly recommended.
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