Make A Necklace: Amulets and Textile Techniques

Live from Los Angeles, United States

On Sunday August 8th at 2PM EDT, join VAWAA and textile artist Debra Weiss to create your own unique amulet necklace using intuitive textile techniques. 

Debra has always worked with her hands. Her process is very intuitive and she rarely uses a sewing machine. As a textile artist, she composes with color, much like a painter does, but works in fiber processes: crocheting, stitching, knitting, knotting, layering and weaving.

Under Debra's guidance we'll learn a wrapping technique and sliding knot to make a wearable accessory. Once we've made the necklace, we'll create our amulets and discuss ways we can embellish our pieces further. 

In many cultures, amulets are often looked upon as bringing good luck. You can continue embellishing yours with any personal accoutrements that are significant to your life and hold happy memories.

All levels are welcome and there is no prior experience required. There will be plenty of time to share, get feedback and meet other participants from around the world.

If you are not in EDT time zone, be sure to convert the time.

What you'll need

US participants can purchase Debra's kit here, latest by August 1 to allow time for shipping. Bring your own needle, thread, embroidery thread and scissors.

If you are not a US participant, or are unable to purchase the kit, you will require

  • 2 meters rope or cording
  • 20cm square fabric piece plus small amount of stuffing (about 10cm square)
  • 20cm square piece of felt-small scraps of fabric
  • 2 circles of fabric 35cm in diameter
  • Embroidery thread-sewing thread
  • Needles for both of above
  • Small crochet to use with embroidery thread (optional)
  • Scissors

Measurements above are only approximate

How to join

We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We'll send the link and details to join via email 1 day and again 1 hour before it begins.

About Debra

Debra is a Los Angeles based textile artist who has been fabric collaging and stitching for over 15 years. Prior to this, she ran a handbag and apparel line. For her, the concept of layers and transparency are symbolic of our being – she loves that she can find these qualities inherent in textile scraps. She believes we collect experiences throughout our lives. These experiences mold and change us; they sway our character. When all is said and done we remain the same person, however changed we may seem. Our integrity, our soul, our being that was birthed into this lifetime remains unchanged. Through stitching layers upon layers, she creates unity and celebrates life. She makes objects of color and beauty while thinking about what life means to her and what she has seen in the world.

Visit her artist page to learn more about her in-person VAWAA.


"Debra's work is so inspiring. She was engaged and encouraging. She made the session so fun, many of us are hoping for a follow up!" - N. Walter

"Debra's art is wonderful. Love the layers, and detailed stitching! This technique is fascinating, meditative and fun. I see many possibilities, and am excited to continue exploring!" - Lynn Adamo

"I loved the group experience and would like to expand on the class. Debra is a very clear teacher! Really liked working with her!" - Jen Loew

"I enjoyed the class very much. It was presented well, the teachers show and tell was helpful as well as her quick response to our questions." - Janet Hasselblad

"Debra creates a nice classroom environment virtually." - Laura

"Terrific teacher whose art work I love and admire. She was so friendly and generous in the way she shared information and accessible. I think a little more information prior to the class would have better prepared me better. I wound basting too big a piece and missed the stitching talk." - Robin Strauss

"Enjoyed the class and learning the techniques. Looking forward to more classes with additional stitches." - Denise

"It wasn't long enough, but I felt totally comfortable the whole time." - Heather Myler