Beadwork Designer Melinda Barta Likes to Take Her Bead Studio on the Road

Melinda Barta is a Colorado-based beadwork designer, author, and teacher. She is a former editor of Beadwork magazine and a current Starman TrendSetter. She is also a 2018 Beadwork Designer of the Year. Discover why Melinda prefers to take her bead studio on the road when she can!

(To learn more about Melinda and how she got started beading at a very young age, see the blog post “Meet Beadwork Designer of the Year Melinda Barta.”)

Q: Where is your current workspace located?
A:
Although I moved into a new house over a year ago, I still have a lot of craft supplies in boxes, most of which are in the basement. In my upstairs office, I have shelves full of in-progress projects and, of course, lots of remains of finished projects that need to be put away!

Q: How is your bead studio organized?
A:
I have one tall rolling cart with drawers full of seed beads organized in color groups and one short rolling cart full of shaped beads. Pearls, Lucite, stones, findings, and more are organized in plastic containers from Home Depot that are meant for holding nails, etc.

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Q: What do you love about your beading space?
A:
I love the view, the amount of natural light, and the quietness! My family lives in the mountains of Colorado at 8,500 feet, so I’m very fortunate to enjoy a beautiful, peaceful environment. One early morning I found a coyote barking just outside the office window, and we’ve also seen wild turkeys, bears, foxes, and herds of up to 65 elk right in our backyard!

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Q: What would you change about your bead studio if you could?
A:
I would put it on four wheels! With two kids, work, and my Etsy shop and website to keep me busy, my best beading sessions are those done on road trips. I’m most productive while my husband is driving and the kids are busy coloring or reading in the back of the car. Plus, there aren’t any dirty dishes calling my name while we’re on the road!

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Q: What’s your favorite beading tool?
A:
My Tulip beading awl. It’s great for untying knots and, most importantly, it’s the safest and most reliable tool for breaking away unwanted beads.

Bead studio

To see more of Melinda’s work, visit her Etsy site, Melinda Barta Studio, and her website, MelindaBarta.com. And find more of Melinda’s Designer of the Year projects in upcoming issues of Beadwork magazine!

Lavon Peters
Managing Editor, Beadwork magazine


Find Melinda’s designs in Beadwork magazine and buy her books in the Interweave Store!

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