Outdoor log cabin exhibit at Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

Drop Circle Beaded Earrings with Kathleen Meckel

A beginner level “micro-project” workshop for participants 14 and older. Students will learn traditional bead motifs of Interior Alaska while creating their own wearable art.  

Date/Time: July 30, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free – please register

Important Info: We have cancelled the in-person portion of this class due to COVID-19, and will be making it available online by Zoom.  Materials can be provided – email info@morristhompsoncenter.org to arrange pick up.

These workshops are intentionally brief, with projects that can be completed in one sitting, to make them more accessible to a broader range of participants.  “People have busy lives and limited time for traditional practices to be shared so it is important to create micro learning spaces for this to occur with planned beading projects that could be completed. This style makes it easier for people to slip into spaces of time that fit their needs or to select an activity they would like to participate in,” explains Kathleen.  Kathleen also points out that the value of the learning will go beyond skills, because “Traditional story telling takes place during periods of activity and this is when cultural values and beliefs are shared or passed on. When you are teaching others how to bead there is focus and usually curiosity, making this the perfect time for passing on traditional knowledge.” 

This project made possible with generous support from the Alaska Native Heritage Center and live streaming by AlaskaLive.TV


Drop Circle, two needle beaded earrings 

  • Size 11*seed beads: assorted colors
  • Nymo B thread or Berkley FireLine crystal, 6
  • Pellon 1 yard
  • Pig suede skin for backing
  • Size 11 short and long beading needles
  • Size 10 Bead needles short and long 
  • Earring wires
  • Beading mat
  • Scissors