Haute Handbag

with Sherry Serafini

Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry-making retreat and study under Sherry Serafini 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 bead stitching and creating a one-of-a-kind bag you will personalize in your own unique way. You’ll savor delicious meals with Sherry 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.

Haute Handbag

Class Description

Create your own little bag with components you create and personalize to make it the ultimate unique piece of art! You will spend a day creating your own “glass bubble” images with photocopies. You’ll create beadwork on wooden armatures that can be used to create dimension on the bag, design with batik fabrics, and make your finished bag all your own.

Techniques & Skills

You will learn and practice the following techniques and skills from Sherry in this three-day class:

  • Bead embroidery
  • Peyote stitch
  • Backstitch
  • Brick stitch
  • Gluing

Did you know?

Sherry’s beaded art has been worn by artists Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler, Lenny Kravitz, and Fergie, and professional golfer Michelle Wie.

Additional Information

Registration Includes:

  • Three (3) days of instruction from Sherry

  • Use of instructor tools and equipment

  • Step-by-step tutorial

  • Delicious meals from Friday dinner through Tuesday lunch

  • Invitation to Welcome Social on Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

  • Access to Instructor Showcase on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 7:30 – 9 p.m (includes cocktails and hors d’oevres)

  • Group Photo Celebration

Pre-requisite: This class is for intermediate and advanced beaders.

 Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Materials & Supplies

Tools and Supplies to BrinG

  • Sharp beading scissors
  • Beading needles
  • Thread of your choice in B or D weight, or Fireline 6lb
  • Beads and cabochons from your personal stash
  • 11/0 Delica or TOHO cylinder beads: 2 tubes
  • 11/0 seed beads: 3-4 tubes
  • 15/0 seed beads: 3-4 tubes
  • 8/0 seed beads: 1 tube
  • Embellishment beads (pearls, crystals, fire polished)
  • Super duos
  • Silver Sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Lighting/magnification you normally use

Materials in Kit

  • Handbag shell, wooden armatures, chain, glass bubbles, images, wire and caps to make tassels, ribbons and batik fabric pieces, cup chains, gel to adhere images, and one small tube of E-6000.


Registration for this class includes both a registration and kit fee.

Early Bird Rate: $1049 (register by Aug 15 to receive this rate)
Regular Rate: $1199

Kit Fee
$130  (This fee will be collected during registration.)

Sherry Serafini

Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt-like base. Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictates the design. She seldom works from sketches. Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification. Some pieces take a year to complete. Each piece is unique. “My simple intentions stem from my belief that there can never be enough beauty in this world.”

Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years. She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work. Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead&Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the world. She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines. Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of The Art of Bead Embroidery with artist and friend Heidi Kummli, Sensational Bead Embroidery, and currently Inspirational Bead Embroidery. Sherry has a series of DVDs and has been featured on “Beads, Baubles and Jewels” and currently JTV.

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