My love of beading began in the 1960s when hippy beads became popular. It was heightened in the 1970s when a friend received a gift of a three-strand beaded necklace that looked totally organic – mostly black seed beads with a mix of other beads in what seemed to be a random pattern that come together in a beautiful whole. I have been chasing that look for over 40 years! Turns out, it isn’t as easy as it looks.
I began collecting and recycling beads about 30 years ago, and all I can say about that is that I am lucky they are so small! I particularly enjoy recycling pieces that my friends give me that were headed to the trash heap. I also hunt for finds at yard sales, antique shops, and thrift stores. I am happy to give these a second chance to shine.
About 20 years ago I took a beading class on using an image to create pieces. It changed my beading life for sure! Many of my pieces are inspired by a photo I took, usually of nature. Using the image I focus on the colors and textures nature has so perfectly put together. I call this “painting with beads”. I have started teaching this technique in classes locally to enthusiastic students.
Recently, I have blended two of my hobbies together to create pieces that are crocheted and beaded. This is truly fulfilling! I take wire and crotchet beads onto it. Some pieces are three strands that are braided together. There are both vintage and contemporary beads throughout. The results are stunning!
Finally, I decided that it was time to create a business presence for myself. You will find my small home business at I Heart Beading on Etsy and Facebook. I hope you will take a look and find something of interest. I am also willing to create a custom piece based on an image you like or beads of your choosing. Just inspire me and watch what happens!