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1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?
I retired a few years ago as a vice president at Motorola and On Semiconductor, and most of my life was spent in analytical work and interests. A year ago I visited a local bead store with a friend and was fascinated. Since then I've discovered my creative side, and beading has been my favorite pastime.
2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?
I love designing Halloween jewelry and accessories and Christmas jewelry and ornaments. I find the peyote stitch works well for many of my designs, but I also like right angle weave and Russian spiral.
3 What are you most known for?
I'm most known for my Halloween jewelry.
4 How do you jump-start your creativity?
I like to sketch out pictures then try to determine how I could re-create it with beads.
5 What season inspires you the most?
Without a doubt, autumn is my inspiration!
6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?
Around 36 each year.
7 Is there another craft you’d like to try your hand at?
Does piano playing count? I just started taking lessons and am having a ball. But yes, after I learn to play to piano and learn to speak Italian, I want to try painting, particularly watercolors.
8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
I usually spend Sunday afternoons beading. My husband is in the living room watching golf (yawn), and I'm at the kitchen table beading.
9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?
Needles, thread and a credit card! No, seriously, needles, thread and a tube of 11.0mm seed beads are my mainstays.