Sunday, January 25, 2009

I've been involved in Arts and Crafts all my life. I began knitting and crochet when I was about 7 or 8, and continued until about 15 years ago. I graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and worked in the Chicago Fashion Industry until I stayed home to raise my daughter and son. While they were young, I taught Macrame, Knitting, and Crochet at a local community center, as well as selling my creations at Craft Fairs. I also taught Exercise, Weight Control and Nutrition, and Belly Dancing at the same community center. I also demonstrated Housewares for a number of years.

About 18 years ago I started designing glass bead jewelry, which led to creating my own glass beads, since I was never able to find the beads I envisioned in my head to use in my jewelry. To go along with the beadmaking, I took some metalsmithing classes, and have incorporated metal and wirework with my beads. While spending our winters in Tucson, I was unable to continue my glass work. So, looking for another outlet for my creativity, I returned to Knitting and Crochet, having become hooked (pun intended) on all the beautiful new yarns available. I am hoping to return to glasswork soon, but will never again stop fibercrafts.

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