Designing With The Stars 2023
Designing with the Stars is a signature fundraising event of Beads of Courage in collaboration with Katie Hacker, editor of Beadwork magazine and host of the Jewelry Artist podcast. Funds raised through these events benefit Beads of Courage and our mission of hope and healing for children coping with serious illness through arts-in-medicine programs. Every Designing with the Stars event provides a fun, festive opportunity to experience the joy of creating jewelry with the guidance of our All-Star jewelry designers!
ALL events will be $50
4-5:30 pm ET/2-3:30 MT
DESIGNING WITH THE STARS TEAM
Our expert instructors love to make jewelry, teach jewelry, and wear jewelry. They’re big supporters of Beads of Courage and bring lots of good energy to our fundraising events. They’ve taught at our in-person bracelet parties at Beads of Courage headquarters and they’re skilled at teaching online, too. Get ready for a fun time for a great cause!
MEET THE DESIGNER:
Jill MacKay™ is an accomplished designer, author and consultant. Her name is synonymous with innovation and inspiration. Jill MacKay designs product lines for the jewelry-making industry for over 20 years. Jill also writes books, regularly contributes magazine content, creates educational video content, and teaches internationally. Jill believes in the power of creativity to change lives and and solve social conflicts.
Tribal Blues Bracelet: Make a beautiful leather bracelet with three different colors of 2/0 beads, Bali silver spacers and a Tierra Cast Tribal button closure.
Sponsored By: Jill MacKay Enterprises LLC and Tierra Cast
MEET THE DESIGNER:
Deb Floros is a prolific jewelry designer, content creator, and lover of all things jewelry! You can find Deb through her brand Deb Luvs Jewelry Designs on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Deb is married with two kitties and lives in Cave Creek, Arizona.
Seriously Sweet Earrings: Easy Memory Wire Earrings
Sponsored By: Jesse James Beads & Beadalon
MEET THE DESIGNER:
Meredith Roddy has worked at Beadalon for 17 years in Sales, Product Development and Marketing. She is a frequent guest on Jewel School on Jewelry Television, and has demonstrated and taught classes at the Bead and Button Show, the Craft & Hobby Association Show, Bead Fest, Pinners, and more! Find her every Thursday at 2:00pm EST on the Beadalon Facebook Live sharing tips, tricks, and projects to hone your jewelry making skills. She is an avid crafter and a supply hoarder and is always up for learning new things!
Sliding Knot Macrame Bracelet: Use RePEaT cord – made from recycled water bottles – to craft an easy, adjustable bracelet.
Sponsored by: Beadalon and BeadMaster
Thank you to these wonderful companies for supporting Beads of Courage with their generous sponsorship of our Designing with the Stars events:
PAST 2023 DWTS EVENTS
Designing With The Stars – Sunday, June 25
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday, June 25 for the second Designing with the Stars event of the year! We were honored to be joined by All-Star jewelry designers who helped everyone create the beautiful projects shown below LIVE via ZOOM!
Recording of Sunday, June 25th Event
MEET THE DESIGNER: Tracy Proctor lives in Northern California where she works for TierraCast. She has a degree in art and a widely varied art and design background and enjoys the challenge of finding new and beautiful ways to use a wide range of components, materials, and techniques. She also loves coming up with clear, engaging and fun ways to share that knowledge in different forums, including teaching at trade shows and events, and online tutorial live-streaming.
MEET THE DESIGNER: Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for John Bead. She teaches weekly classes online with a focus on bead weaving and seed beaded jewelry design.
MEET THE DESIGNER: Sandra Lupo is an innovative jewelry designer and instructor who invented the Conetastic™ family of mandrels manufactured by Beadalon. Her designs are steeped in traditional methods, styled with color and texture and a mix of Old World and New World materials.
Instant Pendant Diffuser Jewelry: This project features a selection of ceramic beads and spacers with some diffuser lava beads that you can swap on and off the instant pendant necklace!
Sponsored by: John Bead Jewelry
Designing With The Stars – Sunday, March 26
Please join us on Sunday, March 26 for the first Designing with the Stars event of the year! We are honored to be joined by three All-Star jewelry designers who will help you create the beautiful projects shown below LIVE via ZOOM!
DWTD March 2023 Video
MEET THE DESIGNER: Tamara Honaman is a jewelry designer working in a wide variety of media including metal clay, wire, glass, and beads. Tamara is the Editor for Beadwork magazine and editorial director for the Interweave Bead & Jewelry group.
MEET THE DESIGNER: Beth Simmons has lived in the Pacific Northwest all her life and draws much of her jewelry inspiration from nature. When not buying beads or designing jewelry, she enjoys gardening, hiking, road trips, and live music with her husband and two children. They live on a little slice of heaven and have 20 chickens, 3 dogs, and a cat.
MEET THE DESIGNER: Katie Hacker hosts Designing with the Stars parties to connect people with Beads of Courage. These fundraising parties bring essential funds and awareness, along with creativity and inspiration.