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Deborah Roberti, Around the Beading Table

Deborah Roberti, Around the Beading TableI'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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Deborah doesn't know it but she is the one who got me into working with seed beads. She continues to be my inspiration. Her site is like wonderland to me. I always find something to make. Plus with her expert directions, they are easy too. I made my grand daughter the bow tie bracelet for Chrustmas and she lit up just like the tree!

Sometimes I joke that you're my new best friend, even though I've never met you. Your patterns are absolutely gorgeous and are so easy to do with your step-by-step instructions. That's why I own every single one of your books!

Right?!? Her patterns are always spectacular.

I just love the way you set out your tutorials, you make it sooo easy to understand and follow, very well done Deb, Thank you.

Just found your Snowflake Earrings pattern and tutorial. Am new to beading and love these. Your picture tutorial is extremely helpful. What else is extremely helpful is the PDF download at the bottom of the directions. Thank you so much for All of the above. I'll be watching for more of your designs.


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