Meet Bead Embroidery Artist and Instructor Mary Tafoya

Bead embroidery is one art form that I could happily explore for the rest of my life. With so much beautiful beadwork out there for inspiration, I’m excited that we’ll be hosting bead artist Mary Tafoya for our next live webinar, Bead Embroidery: Tips, Techniques, and Inspiration from Mary Tafoya on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST. I asked Mary to share a little more about herself and her work so we could all get to know her!

Where are you from originally, and where do you currently live? I grew up in Kentucky, but I don’t remember seeing any beadwork until I moved to New Mexico.

What’s your day job? I work as an instructional designer, creating training materials and online courses.

How and when did you start beading? I tried to learn beadwork in my early 20s, but I couldn’t get the hang of it. Then when I started working at a tribal college, I saw a lot of beadwork, which got me interested in it again. I’ve been doing beadwork ever since.

Do you prefer to work from patterns, or draft your own? I definitely make up my own designs. Can’t help it. I like bead embroidery because I can doodle.

How would you describe your personal style? If you mean clothing, I still dress like a 12 year old. If you mean my beadwork, I try to create a strong graphic effect, using good colors.


What other creative pursuits do you enjoy?

I create a lot of altered art and recycled art projects. I have also started taking fiddle lessons recently.

How do you stay motivated on long projects? I have to be very inspired by the subject or image. I try to learn something in each piece, to do research, to learn something about nature or history or mythology. I have to do it for myself. That’s the catch.

What has been your favorite project recently? My husband and I have been swapping junk with friends and making art out of what they send us. It’s incredibly fun. No pressure, just whimsy.

What’s your current sewing soundtrack? I have a really hard time listening to music while working because music for me is so engaging, I have a hard time tuning it out. Mostly I like to open the windows and doors, or work outside and listen to the sounds of nature.

Don’t miss out on your chance to learn some great bead embroidery techniques that will help you create sophisticated pieces of beaded jewelry and art. Make sure you register today for Bead Embroidery: Tips, Techniques and Inspiration from Mary Tafoya and find out how you can add new dimensions to your bead embroidery!

Bead Happy,


Post a Comment