Meet Our Tutors
We have a host of enthusiastic and talented tutors to share their skills at our retreats.
Owner, Amanda's Jewellery
Amanda teaches students of all ages basic through to advanced beading techniques and specialises in metal and wirework jewellery. She loves to share her passion for wire and metal through her blog.
Owner, Belinda Saville Handcrafted Jewellery
Creator of modern heirlooms hand fabricated from recycled sterling silver, gold and beautiful gemstones. Belinda’s silver soldering and bezel setting classes are always a huge hit.
A self-confessed seed freak, Christina has been teaching seed beading for many years. Her work varies from technical geometric items, to detailed peyote artworks and slightly wacky pieces featuring eyeballs (seeing people’s reaction when they realise what they’re looking at is always amusing!).
Given a hand-made pair of beaded earrings by a fellow nurse, Debi began stringing beads soon after. Her favourite technique is now bead-weaving with Swarovski crystals and metallic seed beads. She also hand-makes hair and skincare products using natural oils and teaches these techniques.
Owner, Jan C Beads
An award winning glass bead maker with over 20 years experience. Her work has been featured in Australian and international publications. Her beads and jewellery are on display and available for purchase in several high-end stores and galleries throughout NSW.
Teaches bead weaving and micro-macramé techniques.
Lorelle is skilled in a variety of bead and wire techniques and loves the bold colours and freeform shapes of soutache. She teaches soutache and seed beading and her designs have been sold through local handmade gift stores and Etsy. As a Reiki Master she has designed a Healing Chakra Doll which incorporates beadweaving, crystals and reiki.
A nationally and internationally published and awarded beadwork artist, project designer, tutor and writer, Melissa specialises in reworking of vintage and antique jewellery pieces and teaches various techniques including bead embroidery, soutache and seed beading.
Owner, Pauline Delaney Lampwork Glass Beads
An independent lampwork artist who has worked with various forms of glass for over 25 years, Pauline teaches beginner and intermediate bead techniques. Pauline’s work is represented in many private, corporate and public collections including The Corning Museum of Glass in New York, USA.
Owner, Sue'Nique Designs
Sue works with and teaches a variety of techniques including seed beading, stringing and polymer clay, and specialises in creating fascinators, hair accessories and home wares such as beaded salad servers, wine stoppers and appetiser sets.
Owner, Beads for Broads Studio
A lover of the outdoors, passionate gardener, avid bird lover & Jill of all trades! Asked to teach locally and frustrated with the lack of supplies, Andy openened the Beads for Broads Studio to offer a unique place to create and share beading knowledge. Andy is crazy about Kumihimo and is passionate about bead embroidery, just enjoying the journey wherever it takes her.
Owner, Crystal Unicorn Creations
With over 15 years experience, Cheryl is well versed in a variety of beading methods, but her favourite is the smooth texture and elegance of the traditional peyote stitch. On the weekends you’ll usually find her with the local beading group in Cairns or teaching private classes.
An incredibly logical person (a computer programmer for over 30 years) for whom beading gave the creative outlet that was missing in her work. Coral loves intense colours, fine bead weaving with Miyuki delicas and Swarovski crystals and creating beaded boxes, pagodas, animals and hot air balloons.
A qualified PMC teacher having completed the Level 1 & 2 certificates in PMC Teaching at the Ceramic and Craft Centre Australia, Donna also runs workshops in leadlighting, mosaics and glass bead making.
Jane works from home and has a studio lined with all kinds of bead goodies collected over more than 20 years. She specialises in seed bead work and is the designer of Toobs TM and Magsafe Tm clasps. Jane’s designs have appeared in Beadwork Creates Bracelets and Beadwork Creates Necklaces and in both Beadwork and Bead & Button magazines.
Owner, Violet's Clay
A knitter and loom beadweaver since girlhood, Linda discovered polymer clay after buying Sherri Haab’s The Incredible Clay Book – which included 8 packets of Sculpey III – and deciding to keep it for herself instead of giving it away for Christmas. This was a life-altering moment. Now her biggest joy is sharing her love of this medium with the wider community.
A self employed glass artist with a big personality, Natalie specialises in glass beads made from borosilicate, Italian soft glass and silver rich specialty glasses and describes her work as ‘a little left of centre’. She has won several awards and has been featured in various beading magazines.
Natalie specialises in creating unique handmade beads, cabochons, pendants, charms and buttons using a variety of ‘earth’ clays, such as earthenware, porcelain and terracotta.
A talented mixed media jewellery artist from Brisbane, Sandee has been published in numerous magazines and has extensive teaching experience. Her style has a definite vintage twist and she is highly skilled in bead weaving, wire weaving, polymer clay and assemblage.
A member of the International Guild of Wire Jewellery Artists and an experienced tutor who has taught at the Bead & Gem Show, Grafton Artfests and Craft Alive. Her jewellery and chain maille pieces have been featured in Beads etc magazine and shown at selected galleries and exhibitions.
Owner, Chicky Babe's Beads
Angie loves all types of beading but is particularly fond of the ‘make and wear tomorrow style’, i.e. a couple of hours and you’re done! Her style is fun and functional – anyone can wear her designs to work or for a big night out. She loves using lots of different colours, the brighter the better!
An accomplished seed beader and lampworker, Chez regularly teaches seed beading classes for new and experienced beaders in her little piece of paradise on the NSW coast.
Debbi Van Leeuwen
Official Aussie Beading Retreats Fairy God Mother and Karaoke Queen
Debbi’s incredibly warm and colourful personality flows through to her wearable creations, where she uses a variety of techniques including stringing, seed beads, embroidery, wirework, crochet and felting.
An extrovert who will talk endlessly about beading, biology, parrots and Dr Who, EK has taught beadweaving and bead embroidery workshops for the Bead Guild of WA and at our Retreats.
Karen has taught a variety of polymer clay techniques at our Retreats and always gets rave reviews.
Owner, Creative Arty Facts
A self-employed flameworker and visual arts educator from Queensland, Liz creates beautiful handmade glass beads, buttons and jewellery. Her work can be found in a number of galleries throughout the ACT, NSW and QLD.
Owner, MV Designs
Maryanne’s first love was wirework, however those pesky little seed beads have now taken over her life!
Owner, Get Plugged
Margie creates one-of-a-kind glass body jewellery for stretched ears.
Former owner, Goddess Beading Supplies
A regular tutor at Aussie Beading Retreats, the vivacious Sharon is currently focused on writing tutorials for Creative Beading magazine and running private beading and polymer clay classes.
An extraordinary wireworker and seed beader with a strong personal style and a penchant for fabulous brooches, Terri is a regular tutor at Aussie Beading Retreats, running various wire workshops suitable for beginners through to advanced participants.
Von’s warm and inclusive nature makes her a firm favourite amongst Aussie Beading Retreat participants. A gifted seed beader from NSW, Von has a great flair for colour. Her classes are a must for any seedie!