I have been beading since 2006 and a leader in the Northwest Atlanta Bead Society since 2008. My work has been published in the "Create Your Style" publication in 2012 and I have participated in the "Bead It Forward" program sponsored by Interweave with proceeds going to the "Cure for Cancer" . My goal as a leader of the Society is to introduce the many different techniques of bead weaving to all interested from beginners to experts. I find bead weaving to be relaxing, simple and extremely satisfying upon seeing the accomplished pieces whether it is a jewelry piece, wall hanging or a new technique.
I began beading eight years ago. I had tried
stringing and my bracelets kept falling apart after wearing them a few times. I
took a jewelry making class and came out of the first class with an almost
completed bracelet. I had discovered Beadweaving!
My favorite stitch is right angle weave (RAW) though
I am trying to broaden my horizons and am working on projects using other stitches
as well these days.
I joined the bead society shortly after taking the
jewelry classes. The encouragement and camaraderie from other members keeps me
inspired and moving forward to improve my skills.
I enjoy making things, especially jewelry and am always looking for something new to try. While I was attending a bead show in April 2017, I saw a display of beautiful beaded jewelry at the Northwest Atlanta Bead Society table. I had always done bead stringing and never worked with the smaller and different types of seed beads for bead weaving. I struck up a conversation with some of the members and they explained some of the pieces and invited me to their next meeting. I was intrigued with the possibility that I could possibly do some of those beautiful pieces. I attended the next meeting and everyone was inviting and helpful with the project. That was all it took, I was now hooked and have been bead weaving ever since. I have made some great new friends and I look forward to our meetings and to see what we will do next.