Monday, September 24, 2012

I have been busy this summer coming up with exciting new projects for those of you who like to take workshops! I have three new class projects and one semi-new class to share with you! I will be teaching these projects through 2013, so look for them at your local bead shop or bead society.

The first place I'll teach them all with be at the Great Lakes Beadworker's Guild in Michigan, from October 17-October 20, 2012. Please check my workshop schedule at for a list of my upcoming workshop locations, and my workshop page at for descriptions and details!

"Round About" Bracelet

"Little Windows" Necklace

"Inner Circle" Lariat

"Queen Isabella's Sceptre" Lariat

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hi Friends! After much deliberation, I've decided that I am going to stop producing kits for the designs I sell. I am so sorry if this inconveniences anyone, because I know some of you really like your kits. Because of this, the decision was difficult, but I decided that I needed to cut down on the number of projects I have and making kits has been the least successful of all my endeavors.

I will, however, continue to offer exciting new projects in pattern form through my website,, my Etsy shop, and my trunk shows when I travel to teach.

I hope that by not making any more kits, I will be able to produce more designs and keep my store updated with fresh new patterns for sale, free patterns, video tutorials, and much more!

In the mean time, I'm cutting down on my bead and crystal stock that I was using to make kits. You can find lots of my precious baubles I'm parting with on my Etsy site: Here's a preview of some of my treasure I have to let go!

There's lots more on my Etsy site and much more to come!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Much News!

My new website is, or alternately, I'm going to start using both my maiden and married name for the next couple years, eventually transitioning to using just my married name. So if you see the name Melissa Grakowsky Shippee anywhere, that's me! I'll eventually just go by Melissa Shippee.

Since I haven't posted in so long, here's a photo of an ongoing project I'm doing for Miyuki!