Since I'm pretty far from Toronto, I didn't think about responding
to your post until the response from Jimc yesterday. But...are you
talking about stringing or knotting?
You can teach yourself stringing technique from the pictures in the
Rio Grande catalog. Knotting is another thing altogether. I wasted
hours at a pearl knotting class, where the teacher's technique was so
abstruse that only one of the 12 or so students could replicate it a
few days later (I checked, just to see if I was the lone moron).
If you want to learn to knot, I'd recommend getting a video. For
I'm not recommending this one in particular--I've never seen a video
for this technique. It's just the first one that came up on Google.
PS: I wonder whether any Orchidians have used the Tri-Cord Knotter,
which is pricey (at least in the Rio catalog), but comes with a
video. I seem to remember a long-ago article in Bead & Button (when
it was a skinny little thing) by somebody who loved it.