Summer offers skein of beading classes

Longtime beader and instructor Salty Hanes will offer classes for adults and children

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

When Salty Hanes was a child, she was given a bead loom. She did the best she could with it, but when she cut her creation off the loom, all the beads fell off.

Over the next few decades she had plenty of opportunities to refine her beading skills.

"I was a teen in the '60s," Hanes said. "Everybody beaded and gave bracelets and necklaces away to each other."

Hanes moved to Juneau in 1976 and began teaching beading in 1980. She now teaches beading classes for children and adults at her shop, Spirit Beads, and has several planned for the rest of the summer.

In March, her students completed several beaded wall hangings, similar to glass curtains.

"Four-hundred-fifty students worked in small groups of 8 to 12 on looms," Hanes said. The students beaded "up to 17 beads in strips, then the strips were sewn together."

This summer Hanes will offer three adult classes and four classes for children ages 5 and older. All classes will be held at Spirit Beads, 217 Fifth St.

During her summer beading camp, Hanes will show children how to bead rainbow catchers from 11 a.m. to noon from July 24 to 26. The cost is $25.

"The children will be stringing beads to hang in the window," Hanes said. "They'll go to the beach and find a piece of driftwood and make a series of beads to hang."

Children also can bead magic wands from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 to 16. The cost is $48.

"This also involves going to the beach, finding driftwood, and learning how to bead around the driftwood," Hanes said. "The technique is called peyote, and you put on one bead at a time."

A Kuspuk beading class for children will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, July 22 through 26, 29 and 30, at a cost of $75.

"They're making a traditional Yupik hooded berry-picking dress and parka," Hanes said. "It is the first time some of the girls have used a sewing machine; the cool part is you use your body as the pattern."

A vest-making class will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5 through 9 and 12 through 16. The cost is $125.

"Students learn to make a vest for their size and then do all the beading on the vest," Hanes said.

Adults have two classes from which to choose this summer.

Using the peyote technique, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 25, adults can learn to bead around a bottle or a crystal, and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on July 20 and 27, they can use a loom to make a beaded belt, mural or bracelet.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10, adult students can learn how to bead on material and make it into a pin.

Prices for adult classes range from $21 to $48.

Class prices include all supplies, beads, looms and other materials. There are no refunds; preregistration and payment reserves space.

A children's summer beading circle will continue to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday at Spirit Beads, but the adult circle will not meet during the summer.

"It's free, but they must have been in loom class to participate," Hanes said. "They're amazing. They'll blow your mind."

Hanes can be reached at 463-3220 from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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