One of the most fun things about working for a bead store is the opportunity to design beading kits. After all, sometimes clients just want to grab a quick project that they know will turn out beautifully! As professional beaders (what a thrilling thing to call ourselves!) we understand the desire for fresh, interesting designs -- not to mention the ease of having all of the required elements pre-assembled. Of course, as beading teachers, we try to make sure everyone has ample opportunity to practice their new beading skills!
Sometimes, the perfect seasonal necklace is less about over-the-top design and more about assembling basic elements into a sleek, wearable pendant. Our new Crystal Link Necklace (featuring stunning quartz crystal and hammered TierraCast links) is just such a piece. Who knew two links and one bead could become such a lovely counterpoint to a fun summer dress? In this case, simplicity reigns supreme.
I've been beading for over twenty years, and loving every minute of it! I'm currently the creative director for Bead World, a growing chain of bead stores in the Phoenix area. I've written eight beading books (available exclusively through Bead World) and teach an extensive array of classes in our stores. I also spend a significant portion of each day driving children to and from activities, and therefore reading or beading in parking lots!