VAC offers beading workshops

  • Courtesy photo Get your beading on at Volcano Art Center by attending the upcoming workshops “Introduction to Beadweaving” and “Beadweaving in the Round.”

Volcano Art Center is offering two beading workshops with Phyllis Cullen.

The first, “Introduction to Beadweaving,” is slated for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and the second, “Beadweaving in the Round,” happens from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the VAC Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.


In “Introduction to Beadweaving,” topics covered include the basics of beadweaving, bead embroidery, knitting and crocheting, making jewelry, stars and boxes. Students will learn about the different kinds of beads, which kind to use for what and what needles, supports, threads, clasps and findings to use. Learn about the mainstay of beadweaving, called peyote stitch and make an amulet bag with fringe and strap, and learn some ways to finish it, decorate it and follow a pattern in peyote.

The class kit will have everything students need for the project. No previous experience necessary.

The cost to attend is $90 for VAC members or $95 for non-members, plus a $30 supply fee.

The second workshop, “Beadweaving in the Round,” introduces students to the world of double-hole beads and all the fun ways they can be used. Participants will make a pendant and a pair of earrings while learning to stitch in the round.

The kit includes all supplies and tools needed. No prior experience is necessary to enroll, although enrolling in the “Introduction to Beadweaving” course will equip you with additional knowledge.

The cost for this workshop is $90 for VAC members or $95 for non-members plus a $35 supply fee.

Because of social distancing measures, class sizes are limited. Students must wear a CDC-recommended face covering during class and are required to use the provided cleaning supplies after.

For more information or to register for either of these workshops, call 967-8222 or visit


Cullen is an award-winning artist working mostly in fabric, fiber, beads and clay. She has work in several local galleries, in museums, and exhibitions globally. She has taught all around the world and written scores of magazine articles and lectures. She retired from her day job as a physician to live on the Hamakua Coast and loves sharing her fascination with all these media.

The Niaulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village.

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