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So Many Beads….So Little Time!

I admit I am a “bead junkie” because I think, breathe and dream beads, but what many people are surprised to learn is that I don’t own a massive bead collection. After all, I’ve been in the bead business since I was 12 and now I’m 65 so it is logical to imagine I would have trunk full of beads that I can’t part with. Not true! And please don’t do the math on my age!

I adore beads but I love more the beading side….my heart is in showing others what can be done with beads rather than filling a storage closet with baubles I can’t part with. I actually covet very few beads. There is just one strand I treasure. It is the Venetian strand you see pictured. I fell in love with it almost 40 years ago. This strand tells the story of everything I love about beads: I adore antique. I’m crazy about coral (in this case glass) and I gravitate to asymmetrical. 

For many years I have taught classes, written instructional handouts and designed jewelry projects for others to learn from. I have hovered like a helicopter mom over every aspect of The Bead Shop and now beadshop.com. My staff will tell you I am tough and demanding, that I can micro-manage the smallest detail; I just believe the small stuff keeps the big stuff working on track.

I hope you enjoy our new Across Cultures handout and samples. It is a classic design that has been popular from the first moment we introduced it at The Bead Shop more than twenty years ago.

Happy beading,

xoxo janice

Janice Signature

                                             Venetian Trade Beads Circa 1817