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International Tutor 2018

 The BSV is excited to announce that the International Tutor for 2018 will be Liisa Turunen and she will be teaching workshops in Melbourne only.


Liisa threaded her first beading needle back in 1994. Beading initially was just a hobby, as she went on to become a massage therapist, esthetician, and got her nursing degree in Finland. But in 2006, beads wove her back in and since then she has spent her time fully submerged in beads!
She has been working professionally as a designer and teacher since 2006. Liisa has taught at the Bead & Button shows and Bead Fest shows. Along with beads, her other major obsession is with cats. Often volunteering in her local shelter and fostering kittens, cats have been her biggest inspiration in her designing process. And just like cats, her designs are known for being classic, ageless, and graceful....
With a few hairballs thrown into the mix!

Named  as one of Beadwork magazine's Designer of the Year in 2014, Liisa uses a wide variety of stitches and techniques in her designs.

Take advantage of this opportunity to work with an extremely talented and experienced international tutor, without overseas airfares, accommodation and other additional costs thrown in. 

Remember, the Bead Society of Victoria has an exclusive workshop designed just for us, not previously taught overseas.

In her workshops, Liisa will guide you through her step-by-step, carefully prepared instructions. Ask her your questions about each workshop you attend and get real time answers. Why not connect with your friends and organise to attend the same workshop? Not sure on which beads to use? Liisa will have kits available, eliminating the decisions and making sure you have exactly what you need to complete your piece correctly.


The first of a total of seven workshops will commence on Saturday 3rd November 2018, with the final two half day sessions on Saturday 10th November 2018, at the Melbourne Bead Expo.


Half day workshops run from 9.00 am - 12.00 pm or 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, with the whole day sessions running over the same time, but include an extra one hour lunch break for you to eat, rest your eyes and mind. 


Workshop registration fees for these are:

Six hour classes are:

$150.00 - Members

$170.00 - Non - Members

Three hour classes are:

$90.00 - Members

$110.00 - Non - Members


Membership details here


Liisa's kit prices are payable in USD rate, so allow extra to convert to the AUD$ value at the time. We will give you an approximate guide. These kits all include a delightful array of gorgeous components and seed beads, plus excellent quality findings to complete each masterpiece.


(A comprehensive requirements list is also supplied upon booking, in your Registration confirmation email.)


Workshops venues running prior to the Expo will be:

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November -(All day) Carnegie Library

Saturday 3rd November  

Picture/Memory Necklace

Sunday 4th November 

Australian Mist 


Monday 5th November -  Holmesglen Institute

Deep Sea Diamonds (Three hour - 9.00 am - 12.00 Midday)

Tuesday 6th November (Cup Day) -  Carnegie Library

Lotus Moonstone Necklace (All day)


Workshops over Expo weekend: On campus at

Holmesglen Institute, corner Batesford & Warrigal Rds, Chadstone

Friday 9th November - Starburst Necklace  (All day)  

Saturday 10th November 2018 - (Two separate half day workshops) 

Rainbow Bracelet  (9.00 - 12.00 Midday) 

Mirage Bracelet  (1.00 pm - 4.00 pm) 


Not sure where to stay? There are some great accommodation options near Holmesglen Institute (Tafe) or also in Glen Waverley on the same trainline. Or why not treat yourself to a stay in Melbourne CBD? It's only a 30 minute train ride away!


In conjunction with Liisa's workshops the Melbourne Bead Expo will also be highlighting our exceptional Australian tutors.

See all Expo 2018 workshops and register here.



Australian Mist

Deep Sea Diamonds

Lotus Moonstone

Sunburst NecklaceRainbow BraceletMirage Bracelet


All bookings open online 

Friday 14 July 2018 - BSV members 

Friday 28 July 2018 - General public












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