My beading heart emerged in 2007. Suddenly beads and bead jewelry became as essential to my being as water and air.
The joy of handmade bead jewelry surpassed every other craft experience I’d known. The artform of beading spoke directly to my soul.
Until I discovered beading, I searched for my passion. Acknowledged, maybe you can relate to a relentless quest for knowledge that won’t let you rest. I wanted to absorb the history and culture of beads and how adornment impacted culture, fashion and lifestyle.
I developed an insatiable appetite for classes from local and national bead experts. In the process of discovering my own likes, dislikes and specialties, I played in a variety of mediums:
- Bead stringing
- Bead weaving
- Bead embroidery
- Bead embellishment
- Beaded charms
- Bead painting
You couldn’t find a bead I didn’t like. I created dozens of bead necklaces and bead bracelets. To share my enthusiasm I joined a local cooperative gallery and exhibited at various shows.
Handmade bead jewelry to capture your voice
Today I find myself drawn to vintage beads, African Trade Beads, leather and textures. I collect everything: a box of charms that simply inspires me, another container that could drive me to create story necklaces, a cache of magical totems and so on.
My little carriers of happiness live in storage containers sorted by color on a circular bookcase near my workbench. If you’re inspired by colors and textures, the you’d enjoy pulling out the “greens,” or staring at the special pearls, or running your fingers through the spacers.
Beads let me play the chord of happiness. Mary Ellen Beads is a website and blog about my journey in making bead art and learning to market it. It’s as much about the inner expansion beads create for me as it is the outer expression of making adornment for others.
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