Classes & Events

Margie’s passion for learning and teaching is what compels artists to take her classes over and over again. She combines her thorough academic knowledge of beading technique and color with intuitive knowing and respect for colors’ energetic life force, and a profound sense of playfulness. Bead artist SaraBeth Cullinan writes “Margie is a powerful inspiration both as a teacher and a person.”

Margie teaches color and design for graphics, fashion, and interior design students at a college level, and is available to teach beading projects and color through bead stores, bead societies, and bead shows.

View Margie's online classes at CraftEdu.com

For a printable list of all Margie's class offerings download the PDF


Project Classes

Project classes are finished jewelry pieces the participant can learn with Margie. Skill levels vary. Kits, detailed color handouts, photos, and finished samples in various stages of completion provided.

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Collar of Glass & Light

Collar of Glass & Light


Discover the poetry of analogous color combinations while creating the “Collar of Glass & Light” necklace from Margie’s book, The Beader’s Color Palette. Read the October 2008 Margie's Muse column to learn more about this gorgeous necklace.

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Sparkling Draped Loop Collar

Draped Loop Collar


Learn about color properties and combining bead surface finishes while creating the “Draped Loop Collar” from Margie’s book, The Beader’s Color Palette.

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Rainforest Cascade Necklace

Rainforest Cascade Necklace


Learn the magic of complementary color combinations while creating the “Rainforest Cascade Necklace” from The Beader’s Color Palette. This stunning neckpiece is featured in the June/July ‘08 issue of Beadwork Magazine.

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Festival of Fringe

FEstival of Fringe Necklace


Learn about color properties and making harmonious combinations while creating the “Festival of Fringe” from Margie’s book, The Beader’s Color Palette.

The original necklace is created bright, saturated hues, however, we’ll be exploring other combinations of varying color intensities as well. Participants can make the necklace in any colors they choose. Kits of various color schemes will be available for purchase if sponsor approves. Color handouts of project instructions are provided.

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Troy Necklace

Create the stunning and elegant “Troy Necklace” from Margie’s book, The Beader’s Color Palette. The inspiration—a 4,300 year old necklace unearthed in the archeological digs of Troy—derives its sumptuous elegance from many textures wrought in gold plated silver. Margie’s updated version uses iridescent topaz-colored glass and vermeil.

Troy Necklace

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Disc Delight Bracelets

Join Margie in a playful journey of color, light, and discs. Create any of 6 bracelets, all easy, fun, and fast, while learning color secrets, tips, and mysteries from the expert.

Kits available

Disc Delights Bracelets

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Color Classes

Color classes are geared for the serious bead artists wanting to improve their mastery beyond simple technique. Because Margie is a professional artist and designer, her color classes are rich with inspiration and knowledge not only of color, but also design, composition, and creative inspiration. These are perfect classes for bead societies, bead stores, and bead shows to offer their members and customers.

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Around the Color Wheel

Around the Wheel in 5 Hours


Understand the color wheel and how to use it. If you love color, but the color wheel has always intimidated you; or if you want to know more about how to work with color, but the word “theory” overwhelms you, this is the workshop for you.

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Toning Your Color Voice

Toning Your Color Voice


Deepen your personal relationship with color. Develop your color voice so your art becomes a true expression of you. Based on Margie’s Masterclass article in the April 2007 issue Beadwork Magazine, “Toning Your Color Voice” explores your personal relationship with color. In this lively, interactive day you’ll explore not only colors you like and don’t like, but families of color, and combinations that resonate with you.

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Courting Complements

Courting Complements

50-90 minute Discussion
Understand how and why complementary harmonies are the most powerful combinations in your palette... and change the way you use color forever!

Through images, color swatches, and beaded examples we’ll explore the unique attributes of complementary pairs, and experience the dynamic dance each pair does in action.

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A Passion for Color

A Passion for Color

2-Day Intensive
Get out of the rut of using the same colors and gain new confidence in creating powerful, effective color combinations with all the hues, tints and shades available.

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General

Understanding Bead Finishes & Textures

Understanding Bead Finishes & Textures


Explore the myriad finishes available to us as bead artists: how they interact with light, and how they interact with each other. We’ll start devising a sampler system for you to continue creating at home, so what you learn will be easily accesible once the class is over.

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Life On A Loom

Life on a Loom

Margie and her first book, Out On A Loom, have been teaching beaders to weave on a loom for almost a decade. Now, with Margie at your side, you can learn the basics of looming, and move on to more advanced techniques like increasing and decreasing, weaving openings and focal beads, tying warps on and off the loom, and multiple beads between warps.

Project varies according to skill level.

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Interactive Lectures

The Magic of Color

The Magic of Color

50-90 minute Interactive Lecture
Delve into the mysteries of color and understand how it is far more than a visual phenomenon. Increase your awareness of its impact and power.

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Finding Inspiration Anywhere

Finding Inspiration Anywhere
Extraordinary Palettes from Existing Sources

50-90 minute Interactive Lecture
Look around you: color inspiration is everywhere. If you’ll grasp the importance of color properties and the power of proportions, you can take any scheme you find, put yourself into it, and create unique color palettes expressive of your color voice.
Based on The Beader’s Color Palette, Margie will show you how to take your inspiration, navigate through color properties and proportions so you can concoct extraordinary color schemes. Everyone will take a leap forward in their artistic growth. Anyone that makes jewelry for gifts and for sale will not want to miss this presentation.

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The Language of Color

The Language of Color

50-minute Interactive Lunch & Learn
Understand the emotional and physical impact of color, its symbolism, and how to apply it in business and marketing. This rich, fun, and fascinating talk is for marketing and advertising professionals.

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Personal Consultations

One Hour Color Consultation

Receive guidance and feedback from Margie in a one-hour phone consultation. You'll email her 4 to 5 digital photos of your work (at least 5" square, 72dpi, color, of course!) that you feel represent your color choices. These can be images in any medium: paintings, drawings, beadwork, etc. These don't have to be your best work. In fact, you often learn more from work that is not your best. So send images of color problems you'd like to resolve. You can also send images of works in progress.

You and Margie will explore your strengths and weaknesses. She'll suggest directions for you to take and things for you to study to deepen and strengthen your unique, expressive, artistic voice.

Consultations are $99.

Margie consults on Thursday between 3pm EST and 5pm EST.

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Personal Color Journey

Color Consultation with Margie

We each possess a unique color voice. When you express yourself through color, do you mumble or sing?

Take your artistry to a higher level with one-on-one consultations with Margie. Learn your strengths and weaknesses, and get on the path to discovering your true color voice.

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Margie's Teaching Schedule


August 15, 2010

"Finding Inspiration Anywhere"
Lecture and book signing

Best Bead Retreat

call The Beadcage
877-THE-BEAD


September 2, 2010

"Finding Inspiration Anywhere"
Lecture and book signing

Atlanta Bead Society


In Print

Beadwork magazine Aug-Sep 2010

"Margie’s Guide to Fearless Colorplay"
In the Aug/Sept BEADWORK magazine I share tips and answer readers’ questions about everything from how to get out of a color rut to choosing inspiring colors for your studio space

Watch Margie explore color and balance on Beadwork's video


The Beader's Handbook Fall 2008

The Beader's Handbook, published by Bead & Button (Fall, 2008) features a color article by Margie called "Select Colors that Liven Up Your Work."
The Beader's Handbook is a ready reference for everything you need to make beautiful beaded jewelry. You'll consult this complete resource from Bead&Button over and over again! Use it to make 9 brand-new, exquisite jewelry projects and also to find in-depth information about tools and materials.


Step-by-Step Beads

Step-by-Step BEADS features "Colorworks," Margie's color column. Be sure to read it each issue - you'll expand your color horizons by leaps and bounds.


Beadwork Magazine

BEADWORK Magazine's April/May 2007 issue features Margie's Color Masterclass article. Available in book stores and bead stores in late March 2007.


Interweave Press's special publication, BEADS 2006, names The Beader's Guide to Color as one of the top 20 beading books available!


Margie is Guest Editor for Bead & Button magazine's 2005 special issue, Beading Basics: COLOR!

 

 

 


Contact Margie for teaching engagements, book signings, and gallery and private shows.