Living History Series: Depression Bead Workshop

2016 Living History Series: Depression Bead Workshop

August 11, 2016 at 10:00 am.

Located in the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center, 130 Turner Street.

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The Living History Series continues with a depression bead workshop hosted by Gigi Koehler at 10 am on Thursday, August 11th. The workshop is limited to 8 adults and children 10 years and older with a materials fee of $25. Ms. Koehler will incorporate the skills in a one-on-one interactive workshop where participants will enjoy the chance to create a piece of depression bead jewelry.

Depression beads are made out of rolled paper, and then strung together to create unique necklaces and bracelets.  Although they originated during the Victorian Era, the beads got their name because women and girls during the Great Depression made jewelry out of paper instead of purchasing more costly items.  Despite the inexpensive source, the paper beads added a vibrant pop of color to the wearer.

The beauty of a depression bead relies on the type of paper used, as different colored and patterned paper create different variations in the design. After paper is chosen, the bead maker cuts it into a shape depending on what type of bead is desired.  It is rolled around a sewing needle, creating a tightly wound bead with a hole in the middle.  Finally, the end of the paper is glued to the bead and varnished – a process that takes 2-3 days.  Beads can vary from 1 to 2 centimeters in length and .5 to 1.5 centimeters in width.

To reserve seats call 252-728-5225