Art gym offers beaded earring class for Mother's Day
Steamboat Springs — Kate Huntington has come full circle at the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym. She has taken two beading classes and The Artists’ Way Series, and consequently developed so much enthusiasm for beading that she is now teaching the Beaded Earrings for Beginners class Saturday.
“She is a product of our environment,” said Art Gym owner Diane Davis. “She just fell in love with doing it and it has become her passion.”
Huntington is always on the lookout for new ideas and sources of beads.
“I find them in the most unlikely places – not just in beading stores, but at garage and yard sales. You can turn lots of things into a gem,” she said. “And someone else’s old jewelry is something you can remake.”
Huntington likes the portability of the craft and enjoys making earrings and jewelry to match her outfits.
“Have you ever just found something that you really love?” she asked. “Usually once I start, I don’t like to stop, and I like to have three to four hours to make something. When I finally sit down, I produce five pairs of earrings at once.”
The class has been strategically placed on the day before Mother’s Day as a source for last-minute gifts, or it can be used as an activity to share between mothers and daughters.
“You can each make three pairs of earrings, and you get to pick the beads and get a tool kit and beading kit,” Davis said. “(Huntington) will show you how to make whatever you like.”
Huntington now has her own cabinet and locker at the Art Gym and sells her earrings there. She intends to expand her jewelry-making skills and perhaps make a career of it. She hopes her class provides inspiration and opportunity to all of her students.
“Participants get to keep the tool kit; we give people beads at the end of class to practice with and the opportunity to buy them downstairs,” Davis said. “With those materials, you get everything you need to continue on with the craft.”
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