Elizabeth Knodle Rocks!

by Joy Masters on October 21, 2009

This past weekend the Whole Bead Show and Soft Flex Company Glass Art & Bead Festival  were in my neck of the woods. If you can imagine the woods having tons of towering skyscrapers, too many people on the subways and the Statue of Liberty. The Whole Bead Show was much bigger, crazier than the Soft Flex Festival which was more intimate and personal. I got some REALLY cool Raku Clay beads from Lisa Peters  and some copper and brass pieces from Kabela Design   at the Soft Flex Show and my favorite little turquoise and silver beads from Hands of the Hills  at the Whole Bead show. I forgot to take a picture of these, so I will post more about these another time.

Right now I would like to wax poetic* about Elizabeth Knodle. She is the terrific lady who taught classes at the Whole Bead Show in NYC back in March. I took her free form wire bracelet class and have been making my own version every since. (Read: Oops, messed that one up too! I’ll just call it unique.) In fact, I think she teaches the classes wherever the Whole Bead Show goes, which seems like everywhere. She lives in Dallas, has her jewelry designs in galleries all over and has been teaching art and jewelry for decades and decades. She’s won awards too. If you go to this link and scroll down, it has a bit of a biography about her and her work. What a lady!http://www.sanfranciscoartscrafts.com/Classes.pdf

In my first class with her she was telling us about buying rawhide hammers. "Make sure you get a real rawhide hammer", she said, " If they try to sell you a fake one, you say, ‘No!’".

She has a bright fire about her and is so much fun. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her, DO IT. If I lived near Dallas, I would take classes from her all the time.

In this past weekend’s class, we learned how to make the multi-strand Pearl Petals  one of the new designs she came up with for this round of shows. I learned what a surgeon’s knot and a small french knot is.  I used a needle and thread! I am still shaking a little.

Elizabeth puts all the kits together and we get to pick the one we want. Each one is different. I went blue this time. The color of the focal bead is so vibrant! It doesn’t quite show in the picture below. But here it is. My version** of the great Elizabeth Knodle’s Pearl Petals.

*Poetic is subjective

** Oops, I mean, it’s unique!


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Jessica June 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Hi Joy,

I am in Elizabeth’s regular Dallas class at the Craft Guild. I found your post and took it to her (she does not have internet) and it made her day! She read it to the class and took it home to share with others. She was so thrilled that you enjoyed her class and wrote about it. She went on and on about how wonderful the New York students are and how much she loves to teach there. Thank you for your kind words about her, it really did make her happy! We cherish her in Dallas and are so happy that she is loved everywhere else to.

Happy beading,

Joy Masters June 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Hi Jessica – We do love her! She is fantastic and has a great sense of humor, which I appreciate, being married to a comedian. I have also recommended to other bloggers that they should take her classes whenever she in their area. I wish I lived closer to Dallas so I could take classes with her all the time. The two classes I have taken with her at the Whole Bead Shows in NY have open up a lot for me with my beading and jewelry in general. She has given me a gift. Thank you so much for showing her and for letting me know that she was happy. She is a great lady.
happy beading to you too!

rebecca collins December 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Great post about a great lady! “She has a bright fire about her ” … yes she does. I took Jewelry and metalworking from her when I was in High School ( 30 years ago) , just bumped into her today and recognized her immediately. Went looking for news of her on-line. Thanks for sharing. I plan to try and reconnect with her in 2013.

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