Your favorite instructors are back!

See who’s returning to Texas in 2018

Bead Fest Texas is back by popular demand, and we’re thrilled to announce that some of your favorite Texas instructors are returning with NEW workshops!

The instructors highlighted in today’s post are all from the Lone Star State, and we can’t wait to join them in Arlington, Texas, March 15-18, 2018! Explore their curated workshop lineups that have been tweaked to perfection in preparation for this event.

Gwen Youngblood

Wire, metal and fire inspire Gwen’s creativity and fuel her passion for teaching local and national workshops.

Layered and Riveted: Mix your materials, and grow what you know about leatherwork, patina, riveting, texturing and more! The result is a rustic piece adorned with your own unique pendants.

Bezels and Borders: Create your own bezel with a customizable border to frame your cabochon, and upgrade your stone setting, soldering and metalsmithing skills!


Gail Stouffer

Gail is a designer, maker and educator who works in a variety of materials and processes to translate her ideas into works of art.

Earrings with Semi Precious Stones – PMC 960 Sterling Metal Clay: Design and customize a pair of dangling earrings with a beautiful bohemian vibe, all while advancing your metal clay, metalsmithing and soldering skills.

Sterling Silver Wrap Rings Two Ways: Create unique patterns and adorn your ring with a dazzling gemstone! You’ll work with PMC 960 sterling metal clay, sterling sheet, tube bezels, bezel cups and faceted semi-precious stones to create two types of wrap rings that you can size up or down.


Francesca Watson

Francesca is a designer, maker and instructor who lives and works in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio. Save a seat in her NEW workshops!

The Letty Ring: Fine tune your metalsmith game, and finesse your structured silver ring into a modern masterpiece.

The Garden Cuff: Put a soft, feminine touch on a minimalist metal cuff. Your metalsmithing, silversmithing and soldering skills will all be put to use in this workshop!


Ralonda Patterson

Ralonda loves to use a unique approach to materials, bead stitches, and a creative vision to encourage her students to bead in ways they never dreamed before.

Indie Earring: Become a better bead weaver in Ralonda’s workshop by making your own dangling drops with an elegant curve.


Seats are filling up fast in the highly-anticipated workshops featured above! Go ahead and register for your favorites, and explore the new Bead Fest Texas website to learn more about our education-focused, all-inclusive event.

3 thoughts on “See who’s returning to Texas in 2018

  1. My email flagged this as spam and I clicked on link and what a delightful surprise! BUT why are all of the classes so expensive? The techniques are lavish, yes but I am a beginner and I am cringing at these prices. I saw that your same event in a different state had $40 classes so why are these low budget classes not available in TX? 🙁

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