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Feb. 12, 2017



Moving On to ... Del Mar, CA ... Puyallup, WA!
New show for me down here in Del Mar, CA. Now's your chance to catch me and take a class in the booth! Come early to sign-up for your space. Only TWO SEATS available. Lots of fun IN THE BOOTH CLASSES! Take advantage of these great classes which you would not find locally! Come on in and relax and create. Click here to see my full schedule!

February 15 - 17
Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Make and take classes in the booth!
Come early to reserve your space!

Del Mar Fairgrounds
Bing Crosby Hall ::: Del Mar, CA

ONLINE ORDERS: Please be patient, I only ship once a week while on the road. Everything is available EXCEPT the Delica 5, 10 & 20 Gram Beads until I return home end of February. Thank you!

Thank you for a wonderful time at
Piecemakers in Costa Mesa, CA!
1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, CA

I had a wonderful time teaching at the store again. If you live anywhere close, this is a fabulous resource in your area! They have lots of classes from quilting to alcohol ink painting, felting, knitting, crochet, ribbon embroidery and more. If I lived down here I would be there all the time taking classes! They are reasonabe class prices and a great way to explore your creativity. Call them to find out what's coming up (714) 641-3112.


REFILL KIT $16.00  

New! Arabesque Bracelet
This graceful bracelet just seemed to come to life with the soft warm glow of the silk satin gold Czech Twins and the Czech Pearls. Choose from SEVEN beautiful color ways, I had a little too much fun working out the different variations! Some will be only available for a short time as I used some of my secret stash to make them!

Gold - Purple - Peach - Scarlet - Iris Green - Ivory - Montanta Blue

New! Kimono II - Winter

The necklace/strap stumped me for a bit, I went through several different designs and finally found one that felt right. I've been wanting to complete the four seasons represented by different Kimono designs for years. Kimono I - Spring has been out for quite some time, the other three have always been floating around in the back of my head and "Winter" finally escaped! It must have been this hot summer making me crave just a little winter!

This one features the snow capped peak of Mt. Fuji and the swirling winter winds over the deep blue silk design of the Kimono.

This bag is 4" wide by 5-3/4" long, large enough for your passport to fit inside. I highly suggest making a silk lining in side so that the beads themselves don't take the full weight of the contents alone.

  PATTERN ONLY $14.00    
  COMPLETE KIT $118.00  
  DELICA ONLY KIT $120.00  

KIMONO II - PATTERN OPPS!!! For anyone who has already purchased the pattern or kit, on the "BACKSIDE" COLOR KEY, #201 & #221 are reversed, they are correct on ALL the other Keys!


Upcoming Shows... Check out the new 2018 Show Schedule, lots of great shows and I'm travelling to many stores all over the country.See if I'll be near you! Come on in for a class with me and to see all the beadwork in person.


Travelling Bead Boards
All boards include binder clips to hold on lid. If you have problems with your hands, you can also pick up the self sticking velcro straps and use at least two straps, one for the length and width to hold it shut.

TBB-1 Original - 36 Spaces
7-1/2" W x 9" L x 1" H
$35 ...

My favorite still. The smaller spaces actually make it easier control your beads.

TBB-2 Designer - 32 Spaces
7-1/2" W x 9" L x 1" H
$35 ...

This combination is for seed beaders and stringers using larger crystals, pearls.

TBB-3 Mini - 19 Spaces
4-1/4" W x 7-1/2" L x 1" H
$25 ...

Perfect to tuck into your purse and
take a project along.

July 21 - 28, 2018

Only 9 beading spaces left!! Don't miss out!
Click Here for more information or to reserve your space!

Believe it or not, time is flying. You need to get your deposit in to hold the great group pricing, in about June we will be losing our group rate. Your deposit is 100% Refundable up until the final payment date which is about two months before the cruise, so if you are even semi-serious, place your deposit for your cabin to hold cruise price!

We will be sailing to and from Seattle. There are so many fabulous places to see and explore if you've never been to this part of the country. Just voted #1 for places to visit by the Lonely Planet Guide! Plan on coming in two days early to take advantage of the pre-cruise excursion!

Pre-cruise Excursion Ideas:
Which one will be by group vote.

Option One: A trip to Shipwreck beads then downtown to the Chihuli Glass Garden then dinner at an iconic Seattle restaurant.

Option Two: Explore Chihuli Glass Garden, Pike Place Market and the Waterfront.

We will have THREE FULL DAYS of beading while at sea, PLUS plenty of open session beading when you're done with the shore excursions. We seemed to always have someone in the Hudson Room beading unless it was reserved for another group. Remember, these are very relaxed open session type classes. Start whichever project peaks your interest, switch between them. Come and go as you want.

Take advantage of all the other great shipboard activities. You are not "trapped" in class! This is supposedto be fun! Bead as much as you can take and then take a break!



NEW Retreat!!! Temple, TX
TEXAS UFO Bead Retreat
August 2 - 5, 2018
No, it's not as in "little green men" it's for
Un-Finished-Objects AND New Projects!

Who has ever heard of a retreat starting at only $185 . . . YOU have now!
Local & National instructors featuring fun 2+ hour classes
with kits and patterns staring in the $20s

Mark your calendars and get your deposit in so you don't miss out!
Click here to learn more about the Texas UFO Bead Retreat

This is an AFFORDABLE 4-day retreat is for getting the help with projects you've collected, partially started or just want to finally get "Round To-It!" and enjoy the comaraderie and energy of other beaders and creative souls! PLUS be able to take fun 2+ hour classes that you can COMPLETE while here! Learn more than just stringing! We'll have metal smithing, chain maille, PMC, kumihimo and MORE!

Click here to learn more about the Texas UFO Bead Retreat & Beading Retreats & Cruises!
I'll be a busy girl in 2018 click here to see my full schedule.


Previously known as Beading by the Bay

August 12 - 17, 2018
Come in Saturday the 11th, Classes start Sunday
Only 12 spaces . . . Call today to reserve your space!

This is a fun filled week incorporating your love of beading with getting a chance to tour a little of the Northwest!

We will break up the classes into two, two day sessions plus two open days to complete or get help with a project.
Then wrap it up with a fabulous group dinner.Click here for more details and photos of this years retreat!

Retreat Price Includes:
Breakfast and lunch for the four class
days and open studio days. Snacks
and beverages for your tour days,
and final group dinner.

Zahara by Ella Des... project choice.

Beader's Package ... $675 - Includes $300 credit with $25 bonus towards kits, notions and goodies! Click here for an idea of what types of projects will be available. Final featured designers and projects will be posted two months before retreat.
Open Studio ... $375 - Kits not included. Bring kits you've gotten from me before or choose projects at the studio and purchase as you go.
Self Guided Tour Days ... Pack some snacks and beverages from the studio the day before to take with you.

Accommodations and transportation are not included. Plan your travel to include ground transportation while you're here.

There are lots of great AirBNB houses around here plus the standard hotel selection. If you have an RV, Bay View State Park is next door, plus you have Fidalgo Bay RV Park and the Suquamish Casino RV Park all within 10-15 min. away.

At the house/studio the guest bedroom is already reserved, but the RV is still available. 38ft. Class A motorhome fully equipped for your stay available perfect for a couple, has a queen bed, full kitchen and bathroom with a view of the bay and full access of the deck and bathroom in the house.

Contact me with any questions on lodging options ... 360.271.1410.

Reserve Your Space* ... $100 will hold your space. Balance due June 30, 2018
*Cancellations subject to 4% of amount paid to cover CC fees.

Beader's Package Deposit Only ..... $100 .....
Beader's Package
..... $675 .....

  Open Studio Deposit Only ..... $100 .....
Open Studio
..... $375 .....


Date Change ... Start Saving!!!
March 19 - April 3, 2019

Holland America - MS Volendam

We are travelling EAST TO WEST this time! This time we GAIN time as we travel through the canal versus losing it! Only one sailing is going East to West. Different stops from the last bead cruise, three new ports so if you came along last time, you will have new locations to explore this time! Get away from the cold and rain, travel to where it's warm! Click here to see more details.

We have fabulous pricing for this cruise I don't have control over the cruise price, as it gets closer to the sailing date and the ship is filling, they take back our group rate! So if you are fairly serious about wanting to go, at least place your deposit for the cruise to lock in your cabin price. It's 100% REFUNDABLE until the final payment date next year. So you have nothing to lose except the great pricing by waiting.

Now is the time to reserve your cabin. Verandahs and balconies book quickly even this far out. Your deposit is 100% refundable until the final payment date (Dec. 2018), but you will be assured the cabin you want if you reserve it now! Click here to view the Holland America itinerary.

Click here to see current class choices. NOTE: there will be many new classes added before final choices need to be made for this cruise. What's shown is for the current year's cruise.

You don't have to be a beader to come along, any person who is into hand crafts, knitting, embroidery, hand quilting etc. is more than welcome to come along as an Artisan Companion, or if you have a bunch of UFO bead projects, bring them along instead of purchasing the Beaders Package. You'll still receive the group discount off the cruise price, a fun goodie bag and included in all the group activities. For the non crafter companions, there is no additional fees other than your cruise price.


Interested in Beading & Art Retreats?

I'll be planning more mini art and beading retreats summer 2016 in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Washington State. To find out more click here or sign up for my beading retreat newsletter.

The mini Art Retreats will be open sessions. Enjoy working inside or outside overlooking Padilla Bay. You can learn anything I have kitted in my studio or pulled from my HUGE bead stash, OR you can bring a beading project you've needed help with! There will be beading, applique quilt designs, and who knows what else available by then for you to explore and create!

Having Fun with Applique
Art Quilt Designs!

I have new ones on the drawing board and samples on the way. Click here to see the quilt designs. If you have a pattern idea e-mail it to me. If you want your fluffy buddy imortalized in fabric, I do custom designs, .75 cents per sq. inch., portrait with placement and color code chart. If it's one I'd like to use as a design for retail and it's okay with you, you will recieve the pattern for FREE! Just e-mail me several pictures of your furry friend close up and in action, and his/her name and a little about them. It helps me capture more of their personality.

Join me on Facebook!
I've been posting new pictures of designs and I'll be blogging a little on my travels as I get on the road. Just search my name "Amy Loh Kupser" in Facebook and send me a Friend Request!

Private Teaching...
As I travel cross country, if I'm passing through or fairly close to your town I offer private classes. Minimum students 4 and I need a place to park my RV, and 110v power for free, in front of your house works just fine! I don't charge for my travel or stay, since I was coming through anyway. Contact me in advance to find out if I'll be anywhere by you, or look at my schedule and you can sort of figure out where I'll be and around what dates. Click here to see what classes are available and the prices.

Classes at Shows
Keep checking or sign-up for my e-mail newsletter to be the first to know where I'll be and to get free tickets (not all shows give us tickets though but I'll post when I have them and for which ones)! Plus new classes to be added at the trunk shows and crafting shows.


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*** NEW SHOW *** February 15 - 17 *** NEW SHOW ***
Rusty Barn - Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Make and take classes in the booth!
Come early to reserve your space!

Del Mar Fairgrounds ::: Bing Crosby Hall ::: Del Mar, CA
March 1 - 4
Sew & Stitchery Expo
Washington State Fairgrounds
Puyallup, WA
March 23 - 24
Tri City Quilters Guild
Three Rivers Convetion Center
Kennewick, WA
April 28 - 29
Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar
Denver Merchandise Mart
Denver, CO
May 3 - 5
Julies Creative Expressions
Trunk Show & Classes
Hastings, NE
May 10
Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Lecture & Class
Grand Island, NE

May 15 - 19
Wild Beads
Trunk Show & Classes
2833 Galleria Drive, Arlington, TX
May 22 - 26
The Beadles Bead Store
Trunk Show & Classes
114 W Dallas St, Broken Arrow, OK
May 30 - June 3
The Beaded Peacock
Trunk Show & Classes
805 E. Canal Street, Winona Lake, IN
June 5 - 10
Bead & Button Show
Lots of great new designs! Come see them in person!
Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI

June 14 - 16
Minnesota Quilters Annual Show & Conference
Rivers Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN

July 21 - 28
2018 Alaska Bead Cruise
Travelling with Holland America
ms Eurodam

This will be a cruise that is round trip to and from Seatle, WA.
Deposit of $350 will hold your cabin at the lowest price available now.
This is 100% refundable up until April of 2018
Click here for more info or to Sign-Up!
There is a max of 24 beaders.

August 2 - 5, 2018
Texas - U.F.O. Bead Retreat
Location: Hilton Garden Inn - 1749 Scott Boulevard, Temple, TX

Welcome to the first annual Texas U.F.O. Bead Retreat! This is a fabulous getaway to help you get those
"Un Fininished Objects" that you've started, collected and said "one day I'll get around to it!" It's time!!!

This is a fun and AFFORDABLE retreat! Lots of mini-classes and a chance to learn with local and national instructors teaching everything from basic stringing, to multiple beadweaving techniques, metal smithing, PMC, kumihimo, chain mail and more.
Click here to find out more.

August 12 - 17, 2018
NW Bead Escape
Formerly known as "Beading by the Bay", even though I live by Padilla Bay,
it was a little too confusing, didn't realize there was another retreat with that name.

Maximum of 12 beaders.

Come explore the great Pacific Northwest and indulge your passion to bead! Choose from great projects from various designers from all over the country and the world! Featured designers will change each year.

Bead at your own pace and choose which project you want to work on each day. Help is always on hand to get you teach you something new or figure out a confusing step. Be part of a small pampered group of beaders enjoying home cooked gourmet breakfasts and fun make your own sandwich/salad lunch buffet. Lots of goodies to keep you energized and beading!

Click here for more info or to Sign-Up!

September 27 - 29
NW Quilting Expo
Portland Expo Center
Portland, OR
October DTBA
Classes & Trunk Show
Elk Grove, CA
October 11 - 14
Pacific International Quilt Festival
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA
October DTBA
Trunk Show & Classes
Just Because Bead Boutique

Temple, TX
November 8 - 11
International Quilt Festival
George R Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
November 15 - 17
Rusty Barn - Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals
Make and take classes in the booth!
Come early to reserve your space!

Tucson Expo Center, Tucson, AZ
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NEW DATE . . . March 19 - April 3, 2019
15-Day Panama Canal Bead Cruise

Holland America ::: ms Volendam

Click on the link above for more information or e-mail or call 360.271.1410.
There is a max of 24 beaders. So don't miss out, even if you're only mostly sure,
book now for the best pricing, your deposit is 100% refundable up to the final
payment date of Dec. 31, 2018!

Check back for updates and new Trunk Show & Classes that will be added throughout the year!

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