with Sarah Thompson
Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry-making retreat and study under Sarah Thompson in the beautiful mountain town of Tahoe City, California. Prepare to refresh your creative spirit.
You will spend quality time in a comfortable studio classroom focusing on enhancing your wire weaving skills. You’ll savor delicious meals with Sarah and fellow classmates, then relax and unwind at the Welcome Social and Instructor Showcase. The retreat will wrap up with a Group Photo Session after class to celebrate your accomplishment and provide lasting memories of our time together in Tahoe City.
Learn how to use wire weaving techniques to create a channel setting to capture small cabochons for a stunning gem-encrusted bracelet. Wire weaving allows you to be a little more creative with this technique and have fun in class making a two-toned bracelet of 14/20 gold-filled wire mixed with fine silver and Argentium silver. To set off the bracelet you will be spending a day making an intricate symmetrical clasp where we will use Sarah’s favorite method to capture a cabochon using wire weaving. You will explore how subtle uses of fusing can greatly enhance your designs and how to start incorporating granulation into your woven jewelry.
Techniques & Skills
You will learn and practice the following techniques and skills from Sarah in this three-day class:
- Alter the modified soumak weave for seamless integration of multiple layers.
- Capture small cabochons
- Bevel your wire
- Creative fusing for a stronger clasp
Did you know?
Sarah loves the creative spirit of a jewelry-making retreat and feels there’s more time to explore with students when she is with her students for three days.
Sarah Thompson is a wire artist known for her wire weaving designs. Being self-taught, she is always exploring and finding new ways to work and layer the wire to create complicated designs that are reminiscent of the look of metalsmithing without the solder. Everything is sewn together using fine-gauged wire. This process creates a beautiful, sculptural, flowing style.
Sarah has been working with wire exclusively since 2009, started teaching in 2010, and began her journey as a national instructor in 2015. Her Thistle design won the best in show in the 2014 BeadDreams contest. The following year her first book, Fine Art Wire Weaving, was published. She has a Craftsy video, “Wire Woven Bracelets: Basics and Beyond,” and has written several articles for Step by Step Wire magazine. Her newest book is Woven in Dimension. She lives in Spokane, Washington, with her five kids and wonderfully supportive husband.