Featured Bead Artist: Beki Haley

Some of you might have noticed that we have a new place to find free beading patterns here on Beading Daily! Our new Member Free Beading Project gallery is open, and anyone who offers free beading patterns of their own design on their blog or website is welcome to post their projects and links to share with others.

From time to time, I'll be doing profiles of some of the fabulous and talented bead artists who share their patterns in this gallery. Today, I'm thrilled to be able to introduce you to one of those fabulously talented bead artists, who happens to be a friend of mine, as well. She's the owner of Whimbeads.com, where I've been buying my seed beads for over ten years. I asked Beki five questions about her beading projects, and here are her answers!

1. How did you learn how to bead? I learned to bead simple peyote stitch projects when I was eight years old, and then from my grandmother. By the time I was twelve years old, I was selling my jewelry to help pay for my bead habit. By the age of sixteen, I had my beading projects showcased in a couple of local galleries and had begun teaching bead-weaving to others.

2. How did you first get started beading? I spent my summers with my grandmother, who dabbled in all things artsy-craftsy. The beads called my name loud and clear from an early age, and I have never felt the need to escape their grip!

3. Why do you offer free patterns on your website? Partly because it is a good business choice — everybody likes a gift — but mostly because I love to share. If I am able to help even one person learn the joys of beading, then I am more than satisfied. 

4. Where do you teach throughout the year? I mostly teach at larger beading events, like Bead Fest, Bead & Button, and BABE! I will also be teaching in January 2013 for the San Diego Bead Society. My schedule is rather booked up through September of next year, but I'm always open to invitations from other stores (because I fully understand their needs) and bead societies. My upcoming calendar can be seen on my personal website at: www.BekiHaley.com

5. What do you love the most about designing beading patterns and projects? Oh gosh…the most? I guess it would be the excitement that I see on a student's face when they are able to create something beautiful. I had the same feeling during the design process when all the pieces finally came together to the point where I felt comfortable sharing or teaching it to someone else. I just feels good!

You can find out more about Beki, her classes, and her business on her blog, Beki's Beading Blog. Her website, Whimbeads, is where you can purchase seed beads in just about every shape, color, and size, and find more of her free beading projects and beading tutorials.

Bead Happy!


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