Elven Leaf Earrings – Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

These elegant earrings, fit for an elf queen, feature Swarovski crystals in settings, arranged like pinnate leaflets. The peyote stitched bezels are fast and easy to make with size 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads plus size 10 cylinder beads.

Instructor Name: Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Instructor Bio: Melissa G. Shippee is a published beadwork designer who teaches workshops internationally, contributes regularly to books and magazines, and illustrates diagrams for other instructors. She studied physics and art in college but turned her attention to beads when motherhood changed the direction of her life. She is inspired by nature and patterns found in nature, especially plant life.

Her publications and contributions include two full-length instructional beading books called Beautiful Beadwork from Nature and I Can Herringbone, as well as projects in Beadwork Magazine, Bead & Button Magazine, Bead Star Magazine, Perlen Poesie, and Beading All-Stars.

Melissa has been a Beadwork Magazine Designer of the Year and a Starman Trendsetter, and also won awards for her bead artistry. To view more of Melissa’s designs, visit

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021