Meet the New Contributing Editor: Jean Campbell

I'm pleased to introduce Jean Campbell as Beading Daily's new contributing editor.  Jean will join us every Wednesday for some serious beading fun!  Jean knows her beady stuff, but she's also not afraid to show her zany side.  She sent me some photos to include in future issues of Beading Daily and in one of them–believe it or not–she's dressed up as–well, I guess you'll just have to wait and see!–Michelle Mach, Beading Daily editor 



Let me introduce myself: Jean Campbell, mother of two, working woman, bead freak.

I’m also a lucky lady because Michelle Mach, your daily messenger of the beading gods, has asked me to write a little ditty every Wednesday. Observations, stories, tips, and techniques. What a nice gig!

I actually have an official resume for this job. I’m the founding editor of Beadwork magazine and author of a bunch of books, including a few from Interweave Press: The New Beader’s Companion (with Judith Durant), Beaded Weddings, and Getting Started Stringing. I’ve also had the pleasure to edit a slew of Interweave books including the Beadwork Creates series, Stringing Style II, and other titles by bead designers (which means you can see my name in small print someplace in the book). Since then I’ve been working as a freelance writer and editor, happy to be doing my beaderly thing full time.

So yeah, blah blah blah, I’ve got a resume. But I’m pretty sure that’s not why Michelle called me up. I think she asked me to blog because she knows that despite the fact that my name is on a few book covers, I’m a lot like you:

  • My bead stash has spilled from my office into the hallway.
  • The other day I found one bead in the tread of my tennis shoe and another in the pantry (?!).
  • I hide my bead shop purchases in my purse before I walk in the door to avoid any spousal interrogation.
  • My kids were stringing seed beads and pearls with a needle and thread while their classmates were still stringing macaroni on yarn.
  • I often make jewelry I’d only wear to meet the Queen of England, but I keep making it because it challenges my mind and makes me happy.

We bead people are an interesting and often quirky lot, aren’t we? We need to stick together, so I’d love to hear from you. Chat with you soon!

If you have beading comments or questions for Jean, please post them on the website. She'll be checking the website to learn more about you and what you'd like to see each Wednesday.  Thanks!

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