North Ranch offers Woodcarving Week first, with Beading Week immediately following, both taking place roughly the end of March. I’ve reported on woodcarvers in the past so this time I wanted to tell about Bead Week that is as highly attended as the woodcarving. The campground is packed with RVs and the Activity Center bulges with those who teach, those who volunteer, and those who want to learn. Knowledge is shared and creativity experienced. Ideas run rampant. Talent is definitely on the loose. Everyone pitches in to make it a fun and fulfilling experience for teachers and students alike.
Some people come for both weeks. This year Bead Week presented twenty-five classes that covered a wide variety of bead-weaving stitches, nine classes of polymer bead techniques, six classes of wire working, three classes using stringing techniques, three classes of kumihimo braiding, two classes of fancy knotting, plus resin pendants and bead crochet. They learned basic stitches and skills, found solutions to beading problems, and enjoyed seminars on color theory, seed bead basics, bead stringing basics, and tools of the trade.
During both Woodcarving and Bead Weeks, pizza and salad fests were held on Wednesday nights, consumed by the participants and shared with others in the campground and residents. The week ended in cheerful exhaustion. Encouragement was rampant. The 118 participants included 31 teachers and volunteers. They were asked to send thoughts and suggestions in for next year. Everyone was urged to come back for Bead Week March 29 through April 4, 2014 with Woodcarving Week the week before. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”