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I came to jewelry making through quilting of all things! I found that I loved to add beads of all types to my quilts, and soon began buying and collecting them for that purpose. Since each of these hand beaded pieces take several weeks or even months to make, my bead collection eventually turned into a huge stash that I couldn’t use up fast enough! I just couldn’t resist buying beautiful beads, so I learned how to make jewelry so I wouldn’t feel guilty about purchasing them! My favorite beads are made of semi-precious stones, with turquoise being my absolute favorite. I also enjoy using pearls and crystals, and have always preferred gold to silver for my own jewelry. (Who wants to polish silver?)

I originally started my Etsy shop to sell both my jewelry and my quilts; thus choosing the name “Jeweled Fibers” to incorporate both interests. It also describes my beaded quilts…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 17
  • Joined March 20, 2009

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gemstones, turquoise, amethyst, pearls, crystals, gold, copper, charms, filigree

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Jeweled Fibers

About

I came to jewelry making through quilting of all things! I found that I loved to add beads of all types to my quilts, and soon began buying and collecting them for that purpose. Since each of these hand beaded pieces take several weeks or even months to make, my bead collection eventually turned into a huge stash that I couldn’t use up fast enough! I just couldn’t resist buying beautiful beads, so I learned how to make jewelry so I wouldn’t feel guilty about purchasing them! My favorite beads are made of semi-precious stones, with turquoise being my absolute favorite. I also enjoy using pearls and crystals, and have always preferred gold to silver for my own jewelry. (Who wants to polish silver?)

I originally started my Etsy shop to sell both my jewelry and my quilts; thus choosing the name “Jeweled Fibers” to incorporate both interests. It also describes my beaded quilts. But I have been so busy with the jewelry aspect of the business that I still haven’t had the time to photograph and list my quilts. I guess I am still not really ready to part with them; it’s hard to sell something that took you hundreds of hours to make!

My family calls me the “Recycling Queen” because I rarely throw anything out before claiming the useable parts or re-purposing the object into an art supply. At one time it was a necessity to get my sewing and art supplies from the thrift store, but now it’s a fun challenge. I once bought twenty blouses and dresses for $1 each at the thrift store. They were made of African inspired prints like zebra skins and batiks. I used them to make a related series of over 30 wall quilts!

In addition to recycling fabric and other fibers, all of my packing and shipping supplies are previously used. Bubble wrap, tissue paper, yarn and ribbon to wrap packages are saved for me at every occasion by friends and family. I even make my mailing envelopes from brown paper grocery sacks that I cut apart and stitch up the sides. They are so much stronger than the plain white letter envelopes!

My imagination is always full of new ideas! Many times I need to develop new techniques to put my ideas into actual form. This has led to lots of experimentation, and I am currently teaching and writing about some of my techniques for publication. Life is full and fun for me!

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