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Fiber Arts Department

Lisa Binkley

Lisa Binkley

Instructor: Lisa Binkley
August 1, 4, 6 & 8, 2020 (Saturdays, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am–12pm PDT, plus one-on-one sessions with each student between August 1 and August 8)
All levels

Structure of Class: 4 two-hour Zoom classes plus a one-on-one session

Registration deadline is July 17, 2020, to allow time for shipping of the materials kits.

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop begins by introducing all the stitches that make up the backbone of bead embroidery—those stitches most commonly used in contemporary beadwork on fabric. After initially exploring the basic stitches of bead embroidery, students advance to learn ways to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into their fiber work. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while continuing to work on a sampler for future reference and inspiration. The class culminates with students beginning to develop their own bead embroidery style while exploring designs that range from sparsely-stitched individual beads to densely beaded focal areas. Students have opportunities to explore known variations on introduced stitches as well as develop their own visual vocabulary of bead embroidery.

Class time is a mixture of sampling bead embroidery techniques and exploring variations on those stitches based on each individual student’s interests and aesthetic. Each day contains a mixture of hand stitching, viewing images and examples of bead embroidery for inspiration and technique illustration, and time-sharing discoveries with one another. Each student concludes the workshop with a detailed sampler containing all of the many bead embroidery stitches learned and developed in class as well as a color booklet with information about stitches, bead and thread selection, and other important information for continued exploration of bead embroidery beyond the classroom. 


LISA BINKLEY holds a B.S. in Textiles & Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Formerly a public policy analyst, she has maintained an active fiber art studio since 2000 and has been teaching fiber art workshops since 2007. Her award-winning artwork has been selected for national and international exhibitions including those of the American Quilters' Society, the International Quilt Association, CraftForms, Crafts National, QSDS, Beadwork Magazine, Wisconsin Artists Biennia, and many others.

Lisa and her artwork have been featured on local and national television, in internationally-distributed books and magazines, and in many local publications. Her art is represented in public, private, and corporate collections. Lisa enjoys sharing her passion for fiber art through her artwork, classes, and lectures, and she teaches throughout the U.S. She and her husband, artist Ed Binkley, have two young-adult children. Lisa and Ed live in the woods of Madison, Wisconsin, with their big fluffy dog.

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Current MAC Members: $202
Non-members: $225 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor kit fee: $50. See materials list.

Materials List

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