Meet the New Host of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels!

Jean Campbell, Contributing Editor


A Little Chat with Katie Hacker

One of the best things about being part of the beading community for so long is gaining friends such as Katie Hacker. A dynamo of a woman, Katie has touched the beading community with her classes, books, lots of advice on her own web site, through her Beadwork column, "Ask Katie," and as a regular on the PBS television show, Beads, Baubles, and Jewels. I sat down with her recently to see what else she’s been up to:


Q: I hear you've got a new gig on Beads, Baubles, and Jewels. What's the story?

A: I'm so excited that I get to host the show! I'm really looking forward to learning from all of the guests. Usually, I'm so busy preparing my segments that I don't get to watch everyone as they tape. This way, I'll get to see everything.

Q: You demonstrate how to make beaded flowers on a Beads, Baubles, and Jewels episode. Is that a favorite technique?
A: I actually didn't know much about making French beaded flowers until a viewer sent in a question about how to get started. I did some research and found out that it's a lot easier than it looks! Like a lot of beading techniques, the hardest part is just being patient enough to work it out.

Watch Katie's beaded flower demonstration here!
Just click on the video below to start watching Katie teach how to make beaded flowers, just one of the fun lessons revealed in Series 1200 of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels .

Q: I'm sure digging your new line of Katiedids findings–they all have such great possibilities. What inspired you to create and market these?

A: Thanks! I'm so glad you like them. You know those fine jewelry necklaces that are a ring of channel-set gemstones? I wanted to make something similar but blank that beaders could customize to complement their own jewelry designs. I made some prototypes to see if it would work and then pitched the idea to my friends at Beadalon. They saw the possibilities and worked with me to figure out how to manufacture them. It's really inspiring to see what other people do with my new Katiedids™ Creative Components!

Q: What advice would you give to a beader who told you they wanted to make a living with their craft?
A: Treat it like a business. Value your time. Pay attention to quality. Be nice.

Q: Would we see neatly organized and stored beads in your studio, or messy mountainous piles?
A: You would have to make your way past the piles of paperwork and half unpacked boxes to get to the organized beads, but they are there! A friend of mine made me some wooden racks so that my divided plastic bead boxes fit into them. I love them! I have a beautiful storage system, I just can't seem to learn to clean up after myself.

Q: Where can we find you, Ms. Katie?
A: Well, at, and of course coming up as host on Beads, Baubles, and Jewels.

Beads, Baubles, and Jewels Series 1200



Q: What else will we find in Series 1200 of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels ?
A: Oh, there's a lot! Mark Nelson shows how to do fold-forming, Leslie Rogalski has more DoodleBeads seed-bead lessons, and Marlene Blessing brings super fabulous jewelry to show how to make your designs more dramatic. There's tons more. It was a great series to be part of!



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