Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

| Instructor |

Melissa Grakowsky Shippee is fascinated by the three dimensional design possibilities of working with seed beads and thread. After finishing dual bachelor’s degrees in physics and art, Melissa discovered beading and fell in love with what to her was a new medium. Melissa has won numerous awards in design competitions and teaches across the country and across the world. Visit to view a gallery of Melissa’s work.

Project: Plumage Necklace

Inspired by the colors and form of the beautiful flamingo, this necklace designed specifically for Club Bead and showcases a handmade cabochon, crystal stones and beads, and an ombre-colored neck strap. 

Techniques: Peyote Stitch, Tubular Netting, Netting, Tubular Peyote Stitch

Difficulty Level: Intermediate