Meet our new instructors

Bead Fest is heading back to Texas!

It’s our pleasure to announce that we are traveling to Arlington, March 15-18, 2018, and we have recruited the best-of-the best instructors to lead our technique-rich event for Bead Fest Texas!

In addition to your fan-favorite instructors, we’re introducing a lineup of new talent this year. In order to instruct workshops at Bead Fest, artists must be well-versed in specified techniques, and they are required to have proven expertise in their craft. Our immensely-talented instructors have an impressive resume and excellent leadership abilities that will make you feel confident and inspired in the classroom.

Let’s meet the new faces of Bead Fest Texas!

Amy Bray: Amy is a certified Painting with Fire instructor who teaches torch-fired immersion enameling at the Las Vegas Glass Craft and Bead Expo. In addition, she’s a certified metal clay artist and currently teaches fused glass, lampworking and soldered jewelry techniques.

Flying through the Hoops Enameled Necklace: Explore the world of design, color and assembly in this vibrant class! You’ll gain expertise in basic bead enameling and fusing wire, among other techniques.


Mary Lowe: Mary Lowe has been represented by many fine galleries, and her work combines her signature Beaded Wirework Fantasy Jewelry techniques, along with her organic lampwork florals to create vivid and innovative designs.

Wildflower Bouquet Pendant: Participants will create a fabulous pendant using botanical-themed glass headpins, and they will embellish their special piece with pearls, crystal, and glass bead accents.


Shanna Steele: Shanna Steele is a self-taught jewelry designer and artist who has worked in the bead and jewelry supply industry for a decade. Shanna has been published in magazines and is a 2018 Designer of the Year for Beadwork magazine.

Tucson Vista Bracelet: Inspired by the rustic hues of the Southwest, this intricately-crafted concho-style bracelet will add a show-stopping element to any outfit.


Maggie Thompson: Maggie discovered beading about 25 years ago and fell in love with it! Four years ago she turned this passion into her business, Maggie T Designs. Maggie’s original designs have been featured in both classes & beading kits at Beadville USA in Chaska, MN. She has also taught kumihimo classes at the SE Bead Society in Rochester, MN, and at the April 2015 UMBS “Demo & Do” event.

Dragonscale Kumihimo Earrings: Whether you create these beauties in an icy-silver shade or a rich-golden hue, your ears will sparkle while wearing these delicate drops.


We hope you made notes of your favorite workshops listed above, because seats will sell out fast once registration opens this month! To start planning your Bead Fest Texas experience, browse the full list of workshop descriptions listed on our brand-new website, and get ready to sign up soon!

We will be making registration announcements, along with more exciting updates on our social media pages, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

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