I'm a desktop publisher/graphic designer by day and a beadweaver by night. I honestly don't remember when I started beading. My husband was helping a friend clean out his garage and came home with a box of beads. I made some earrings and strung some necklaces but quickly found stringing completely boring. I bought a book on beadweaving, discovered right-angle weave, and was permanently hooked. That was several decades ago.
I started designing and writing up my own patterns around 2004. When I was first learning to bead, I attempted to follow numerous patterns from books and magazines but often found the instructions impossible to make heads or tails of. In fact, I found many of the patterns too frustrating to follow, so I gave up and went off in my own direction, learning enough about the different stitches to get me started. Maybe it is because of this that I write and illustrate my patterns so that any beader, even one with no experience whatsoever, can create my designs without much head-banging. This isn't always possible, but I do try hard!
What intrigues me most about beading is that it is an ancient art form, practiced in all cultures throughout time, with a history as rich and beautiful as the beadwork created. It's not just about making pretty baubles. I don't even wear much jewelry. However, many of these beadweaving stitches are centuries old and, like knitting and crochet, embody a long history of culture and tradition. I love being part of that.
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