Behind the Scenes: Jewelry Stringing Project Editor





When I tell people that I’m Project Editor for Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines, the question I get is “So, what do you do?” So I thought I’d show you a little behind-the-scenes look into what it’s like working for jewelry-crafting magazines.



As Project Editor, my job is always evolving. I don’t really have a “typical day,” because I’m constantly working on new projects. But I consider myself lucky that my work always involves beads and jewelry!




If you stopped by the office, here are a few things you might find me doing:


Measuring and counting beads on a contributor’s project, sorting through material samples to compare colors, and editing transcripts of jewelry projects for Jewelry Stringing on my computer. I have a small library of trusty resources on my desk, to which I refer when I need some help. My number one priority is to make sure we provide readers with the most helpful, accurate project instructions possible.


A few of my resources


Researching new styles, techniques, and materials so I can stay up-to-date on what’s big in the beading world. Between editing projects, I stay busy looking at new jewelry components, color palettes, and overall fashion trends–that includes digging through our stash of beads, wire, chains, glue, filigrees, pendants, threads, clasps, cords, and tools. We try to make time for our own projects here at the office, and sometimes just looking through the materials on hand is a lot of fun!



A small portion of “the stash”


Making jewelry. I’ve been stringing jewelry for a long time, and in the past few months I’ve been learning about bead stitches, too. I’ve learned a lot from watching videos by Beadwork editor Melinda Barta–and of course it helps to have her around for stitching advice when I need it. Now I’ve even started designing some projects of my own.



Working on sketches of my designs for the upcoming 2012 holiday eBook

Attending meetings about upcoming issues and projects–and occasionally I get to be involved with one of our in-house photo shoots.

At a photo shoot for the upcoming 2012 holiday eBook with Editorial Director, Danielle Fox (left),
and Ann Swanson, our in-house photographer/photo stylist (right)


I love being a part of both the Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork teams, where I get to be involved with such a great beading community! Our readers truly are the best!

What do you love most about being a jewelry artist? Use the comments box below to tell us why you create and how you’re involved in the beading community!


Happy Beading!

Kate Wilson
Project Editor

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