Beverly Ash Gilbert
Author - Artist - Color Consultant
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Beads and Color Retreat

on Whidbey Island

My Bead Retreats are now over
Thanks to all of you who I have beaded with
for a fabulous 12 years and many beady memories!


Most of my Beadweaving projects are available as downloadable instructions!
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The classes (from October 2015 Retreat):


Encrusted Pendant

Make a gem filled pendant that can slide onto a metal, beaded or woven chain. Start with a netted backbone, then embellish to your hearts delight! You will also learn how to make a peyote bale with decorative elements.


A fun, fast project with unlimited color combination possibilities, the Encrusted Pendant is specifically designed for those wanting portable beadweaving projects and pieces that can be made to sell. These pendants make great gifts!




Wanderlust Bracelet
Wander with a purpose! Play with color, texture and form to create elegant, wearable art using freeform vertical netting. Create an open and airy piece or crunch and embellish to add depth and intrique. You may incorporate focal points such as bezels or large stones imbedded in the design or simply use the positive and negative spaces of the stitch as your point of interest. This class will experiment with free form style and 'bead soups', and encourage you to break rules! ... but always with an end design in mind!



A Day at the Beach

Colors flow into each other as organic strands of beads and gems wind in and around metal and sea glass found after a day at the beach. Using bead soups, freeform beadweaving stitches, beach finds and antiqued metal, create a necklace that glows with color, texture and memories of the beach.

We will cover freeform beadweaving, color flow, metal working and encapsulation techniques.








Your kind words from past retreats warm my heart...

"You have enriched my life beyond beads and colors! I know that every detail of this weekend will stay in my memory and put a smile on my face!" - Sereen Taher

“All we can say is, thank you, thank you, thank you! It was an amazing week of wonderful instruction, fabulous food, perfect location, lots of laughs ... what more could anyone have possibly wished for? I pity all those who could not attend; they missed a wonderful time with you.” - Leigh Steiner & Jan Scully

“I just wanted to thank you for being such a gracious host and fabulous teacher. Your beach home is lovely, the food was yummy, and the classes inspiring. I so enjoyed being there!” - Marlene Brannen

“I just want to drop you a line and tell you how much I enjoyed your Autumn Retreat, such a special time to be around so many creative people. I have your classroom photo up on my screen saver, so I get to relive this fun time a number of times during the day and have told my girlfriends all about each project and the wonderful healthy menu that you served each day. 

The time that you gave me is entered in my Journal of Life Time Memories.” – Barbara Jo