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Curatorial Centre
Business Hours:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday

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Training Courses


Sculptural Beadwork

2018 Dates:





WDM Curatorial Centre



For more information or to register, contact 306-934-1400 or email us.


boquet of beaded flowers and a beaded butterflyThis course is normally held on a Friday evening and all day Saturday. Participants will learn the basics of three-dimensional beading through project work. At least two projects will be undertaken, beginning with a small "starter" butterfly, then moving to more complex flower patterns.

As you can imagine, this work takes good hand-eye coordination and good eyesight. We'll pause every hour for a few hand exercises, but please know that your hands and eyes will be tested.

More Information: 306-934-1400


About Sculptural Beading

Sculptural glass beadwork appears to have emerged in 16th century Europe. Though the main technique used to make beaded flowers is often referred to as French, examples of the art have been found from Italy (where the small glass beads were made) to England. The popularity of beaded flowers waxed and waned until a resurgence during the late 1800s. In 1865 Godey’s Ladies Book published beaded flower patterns, and directed women to use them as personal adornments for hair or clothing. After that, beaded flowers gained popularity in America, with more patterns produced and shared through magazines and newspapers. Another wave of popularity came in the 1960s with the publication of Making Bead Flowers and Bouquets by Virginia Nathanson.

About the Instructor

Class instructor Houkje is a self-taught bead artist with more than a decade of fulltime experience. She specializes in three-dimensional flowers and insects. If there are other Victorian-style sculptural bead artists in Saskatchewan, Houkje has not met them. She would like to change her solo status by teaching others the art of sculptural beading. Houkje says “the sky and your imagination are the only limits to what you can create. Although it is labour intensive, you’ll discover that it’s well worth the effort.”

Instructor Houkje Wendt helps a student at the beading table