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I grew up in a very small community called Powhatan, Virginia which is about 25 miles west of Richmond. It was first explored by Christopher Newport around 1608 and later settled by the French Huguenots on the James River. With the creation of the county and the first court of 1777, the county was named Powhatan, for Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahatas, who was one of the greatest Native American Chiefs. That's the history of my home. Now for the fun stuff!

We moved to Powhatan in 1961, when I was 7. The kids in "the village" would roam the area on Saturday which would enrich my love of naure along with growing up in the summers on my grandparent's farm. This started my creativity. I first started sewing at 8 for my Barbie. Then I learned to use a sewing machine and joining the 4-H club at 9, started my sewing competitively. By the time I was ready for college, I had 10 years of…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 25
  • Joined August 31, 2011

Favorite materials

sterling silver, copper, natural gemstones, antique beads, fair trade beads, turquoise, coral, bone, lampwork glass, carved and natural stones

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I grew up in a very small community called Powhatan, Virginia which is about 25 miles west of Richmond. It was first explored by Christopher Newport around 1608 and later settled by the French Huguenots on the James River. With the creation of the county and the first court of 1777, the county was named Powhatan, for Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahatas, who was one of the greatest Native American Chiefs. That's the history of my home. Now for the fun stuff!

We moved to Powhatan in 1961, when I was 7. The kids in "the village" would roam the area on Saturday which would enrich my love of naure along with growing up in the summers on my grandparent's farm. This started my creativity. I first started sewing at 8 for my Barbie. Then I learned to use a sewing machine and joining the 4-H club at 9, started my sewing competitively. By the time I was ready for college, I had 10 years of competition and became very good with a needle. I decided to become a RN to work in critical care and hospice for 25 years.

In 1989, I moved to Virgiinia Beach, Virginia to get married. Many of the friends I made were very metaphysically and artistically creative. Friends asked me if I could make earrings. I said I did not know but I would try so I taught myself to make earrings. My first craft show, I sold about 400 pair of earrings. I bought a very nice sterling bracelet at that show and taught myself again. I started making bracelets, necklaces and the earrings to do 3 day craft shows, selling as fast as I could make.

I retired from Nursing in 2002 and moved back home to Powhatan after a divorce. I now live with my mother and 3 cats - Samantha, Fred and Barney. I have re-established old friendships and now sell my jewelry in a hair salon and the local wine festival every fall. I also sell my jewelry at several local Christmas shows.

I have the built the reputation of having very beautiful, well made jewelry. Many of my customers have said my designs are very different from what they have seen elsewhere. For myself, I do not care for the average, run of the mill jewelry. Therefore, that's what I create. Many times I just sit and meditate for the design. I will buy the unusual beads not knowing how I will use them and the design will come to me later. I use sterling silver, brass, copper, pewter and gold-filled beads. The wire I use has 49 strands rolled into one and covered, so it's very stong but soft and flexible. I love "different" - so bone, tusk, very old hand made beads from Africa, Tibet, India and Nepal will often show up in my work. I use a lot of large copper focal pieces offset with natural stone beads such as turquoise and the agates. i also like using large natural stone focal pieces that draw the eye up to beautiful faces accented by beautiful jewelry. My necklaces tend to be longer so they are more slimming for the face. The earrings are smaller so as to not widen the face. I also use hand blown lampwork glass so my work is very varied.


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Karen

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