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Over the years, I have tried my hand at a variety of arts & crafts, from leather work to carpentry, from crochet to painting. Raised in a family of carpenters, blacksmiths, machinists, welders, sewers, painters and avid hobbyists, I learned early on to value the beauty and artistry of hand-made work. I started crocheting when I was 5 years old. I enjoy crochet greatly: It is easy to carry with me, especially thread crochet. It is not as challenging to me as jewelry, perhaps because I have been doing crochet for so many years. I believe I have finally found my calling in lapidary and jewelry arts.
In May of '94 my family and I (Chris, my husband, Kaisha, my stepdaughter, and Sean, my son, with Bri coming along in 1998) moved to Lockwood. We found fossil shells and imprints, and lots of lovely round rocks just right for encouraging stubborn goats to go back to their barn. The kids and I were…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 29
  • Joined December 3, 2009

Favorite materials

bronze, copper, obsidian, moss agate, just about any rock, I love tourmaline, thread, cotton, beads, cloth, fibers, thread crochet, sewing

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About

Over the years, I have tried my hand at a variety of arts & crafts, from leather work to carpentry, from crochet to painting. Raised in a family of carpenters, blacksmiths, machinists, welders, sewers, painters and avid hobbyists, I learned early on to value the beauty and artistry of hand-made work. I started crocheting when I was 5 years old. I enjoy crochet greatly: It is easy to carry with me, especially thread crochet. It is not as challenging to me as jewelry, perhaps because I have been doing crochet for so many years. I believe I have finally found my calling in lapidary and jewelry arts.
In May of '94 my family and I (Chris, my husband, Kaisha, my stepdaughter, and Sean, my son, with Bri coming along in 1998) moved to Lockwood. We found fossil shells and imprints, and lots of lovely round rocks just right for encouraging stubborn goats to go back to their barn. The kids and I were intrigued by the rocks and fossils. I developed a burning desire to saw rocks. I am still intrigued by the mystery—you never know what is inside, just waiting for you. Some of the ugliest rocks make the prettiest cabochons.
During this time, I continued to crochet, and was crocheting snoods, but was frustrated by the lack of a dependable venue in our rural area. So I entered some doilies in our local fair and did well against some tough competition. Crochet continues to be something I do when I get 'stuck' on a jewelry piece.
As I became more intrigued with rocks, I naturally began to be more interested in jewelry. In an old National Geographic, I was struck by a lovely pearl earring from Pompei, whose design showed classic beauty as wonderful today as then. I find solace and inspiration in the knowledge that human beings have been make quality jewelry for at least 10,000 years. I began to create my own patterns. Friends liked and bought these pieces—and I knew the combination of lapidary and jewelry making were, indeed, my calling.
I had to put my interest and budding business on hold, however. As my children grew and I had more time, my mother failed. My jewelry lay beckoning, but I had neither time or energy. My crochet thread and needles were packed away to make room for Mom. My mother lived with us for 3 years before she passed away, and then my daughter and I took a few months to recuperate. Gradually, we have resumed our lives, including jewelry and rock hounding.

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