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I was introduced to arts and crafts at a very young age and I've tried many different media and techniques over the years, including drawing, painting, ceramics, needlework, sewing and weaving. I have a Bachelors Degree in Art from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

I started beading in high school and my Aunt Leola taught me how to crochet when I was in college. In the late 1990s I learned to crochet with wire in a class at Farrin-O'Connor Design Studio in Pasadena, California. It was so fun to discover that I could combine my love for beads with my love for crochet!

In 2003, I was fortunate to have three of my wire crochet designs included in a Design Originals publication,"Wire Crochet: Knit, Tassels and More". Soon after that, I created my wire crochet petal pendant, which is the focal point of many of my designs…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 18
  • Joined September 8, 2008

Favorite materials

beads, wire, my camera, my iMac, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

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About

I was introduced to arts and crafts at a very young age and I've tried many different media and techniques over the years, including drawing, painting, ceramics, needlework, sewing and weaving. I have a Bachelors Degree in Art from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

I started beading in high school and my Aunt Leola taught me how to crochet when I was in college. In the late 1990s I learned to crochet with wire in a class at Farrin-O'Connor Design Studio in Pasadena, California. It was so fun to discover that I could combine my love for beads with my love for crochet!

In 2003, I was fortunate to have three of my wire crochet designs included in a Design Originals publication,"Wire Crochet: Knit, Tassels and More". Soon after that, I created my wire crochet petal pendant, which is the focal point of many of my designs.

In January of 2008, I was THRILLED to be able to take a workshop from the lovely Arline Fisch, based on her book, "Textile Techniques in Metal", at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. "Textile Techniques" was first published in 1975 and in 2006 Arline wrote "Crocheted Wire Jewelry". Both beautiful books present many amazing examples of what artists and designers around the world are creating with the technique of wire crochet.
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You may be wondering what "Brioletta" means and I will be happy to tell you :~) A "briolette" is a teardrop shaped bead with the hole running horizontally through the top of the bead. I love the shape and the serendipitous way it fits in my petal shaped pendant.

It took me quite a while to decide on a name for my shop, but one day it came to me~~I'll just change the "e" at the end of "briolette" to an "a" and voila, my shop was named!
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I wish I could convo each and everyone who has "hearted" my shop and thank them, but it's somewhat understandably against Etsy's TOUs. So I hope everyone will read this and know how much I appreciate their hearts!
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I have two other Etsy accounts~
ElaineB718.etsy.com began it's life as my buying account, so you can check there to see more of my buying feedback.
PinkTreeStudio.etsy.com may or may not be a shop someday :~)
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All designs, images and text are the property of Brioletta © 2003-2011. Please do not use without permission.

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