Get to Know Featured Instructor Beth Katz Stone
From Jennifer: I can always tell when I’ve hit on a good beaded jewelry design, because I find that I can create three or four completely new ideas from my original starting point. It’s a fun way to stretch my creative “muscles”, and I get a bunch of new beading designs to boot! Bead artist and author Beth Katz Stone finds countless ways to let her beaded jewelry designs evolve, all coming from a single first design. Read on to learn more about her as this week’s featured webinar instructor!
Where are you from originally, and where do you currently live?
I was born and raised SE lower michigan southwest of Detroit. In the 80’s I moved to Dallas, Texas and in 1989 I moved back home, where I now live with my husband and dog. Our two daughters are in college.
What do you do besides beading? What’s your day job? I am a retired stay-at-home mom. After 20 years I decided that a part-time job or two would give me a good excuse to venture out of the house and socialize. I work a few hours in an upscale luxury consignment store and a few hours in a physical therapy office. Neither job goes home with me.
How and when did you start beading? I have always been surrounded by beads and I think I began my first needle and thread work when I was about five – so fifty years ago. Yeah, that was fun to say.
Do you prefer to work from patterns, or write your own? I draft my own work. Bead stitching and structural beading challenges my math/engineering brain. I love puzzles and I love to explore the possibilities. I am always asking, “what if,” and I am never satisfied until I have an answer. The words, “it can’t be done,” just feeds my curiosity.
How would you describe your personal style? My personal style in general is relaxed.
What other creative pursuits do you enjoy? I love to cook. I don’t use recipes other than to give me ideas for combining ingredients. I love to explore taste and texture.
Tell us about your beading studio… what kind of space inspires you?
My dream studio would have work tables along the entire perimeter of the room lined with trays and tray of beautifully organized beads. There would be countless hooks on each wall to display all of the my beads. In reality, I have limited space. My husband has an entire sports memorabilia room (yes, room) and I have the back area of our large family room. I have finally installed real furniture, and while I can’t see everything I own all at once, I am working hard on organization.
What’s your beading secret weapon? My glasses. Without them, I may as well just take a nap.
How do you stay motivated on long projects? What is a long project? I am much too easily distracted to have a long project. I prefer to start and finish quickly.
What has been your favorite project recently? Let me find the one I just finished.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve made for a client? Any thing I’ve made that has made someone smile is my favorite. There are lots of those.
What would your dream studio look like? I already have it!
What’s your current beading soundtrack? Any folk-type music from the 70’s
Anything else you’d like us to know? I introduced my husband to my beads on our first date. I’m not sure he realized that beads would play such a role in our lives, but I am so grateful to have the never ending support from him and our daughters. In my first book I thanked them for learning to walk over and around the bead mess. This is still true, although I now have my own “area.”
If you want to learn more about how to let your beaded jewelry designs evolve right before your eyes, you won’t want to miss Beth’s live webinar, Bead Evolution: Creating Multiple Jewelry Designs From a Single Starting Point on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. EST. Whether you’re a beginner beader looking for ways to play with your favorite beading stitches, a more experienced beader who wants to learn how to start designing your own beaded jewelry designs, or just someone who wants to have fun with the many different types of two-hole beads available, you’ll learn something new from this online web seminar! Register today for Bead Evolution: Creating Multiple Jewelry Designs From a Single Starting Point and find out how to make your beads play!