A Cut Above was inspired by two different aspects of the work of Antoni Gaudí. The first, being the architectural flowing shapes, arches, and spires of his work. The second was to capture the essence of his use of color and light. Each tassel consists of three shaped components, laced together to form “windows” of color and structure. At the top of each of the tassels is a four-sided CZ beaded bead, reflecting light as it is worn. The chain is a filled-netting, evoking the style of leaded glass, and the ending is a sliding clasp.

Discipline: Bead Weaving

Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced


  • Bezel work
  • Flat peyote stitch with increasing
  • Filled netting
  • Stitching-in-the-ditch
  • Tubular peyote stitch with decreasing

Workshop cost: Member $70, Non-member $90

Kit cost: $195.00 plus the cost of 8 Cubic Zirconias (.65 each up to about 13.00 each)

Kit includes:

Supplies to bring to class:

  • beading needles
  • beading mat
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • chain nose pliers (optional)
  • magnifiers (optional)
  • task lamp (optional)
  • awl (optional)

Instructor Name: Cynthia Rutledge

Instructor Bio:

Cynthia is a contemporary artist and teacher focusing on beadwork as her medium. She specializes in peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques with an emphasis on developing sculptural unsupported shapes in beadwork.

Her work has been exhibited in national and international shows and has appeared in Nicolette Stessin’s Beaded Amulet Purses, Carol Taylor’s Creative Bead Jewelry, and Carol Wilcox Wells’ Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: Provided after registration (South Miami area)

Lunch arrangements: Bring your own lunch.



  • Payment is due in full at time of registration.  If you must cancel a class, please notify us at as early as possible.
  • Cancellations received more than 14 days before the starting day of a class will receive a full refund LESS a $25.00 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received 7 – 13 days before the starting day of a class will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds are given for cancellations received less than 7 days before the start date of a class.  In the event of no refund, students will receive the instructor’s hand-outs and/or instructions and have the option to purchase the instructor’s class kit.