One of a Kind Beadweaving and Art Jewelry

Toronto, Canada

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About KarenElizDesigns

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The Deepest Well

I have always been an artist. Creativity runs through every aspect of my life, and I find it impossible to sit still and not create. From poetry, to theatre, to fibre arts, to drawing, to sculpture, I have always got a tool in my hand and an idea in my mind.

Beadweaving began as a hobby for me. A thing to occupy my hands and my time with dipping into the deep well of creativity that exists in my soul. A family friend taught me my first pattern when I was ten, and from then on I would make trinkets for myself and gifts for friends. In university, friends began to commission pieces from me, and I soon started selling through several different local shops, before getting into online selling in 2006. In 2009, I graduated from university and moved to Toronto to pursue my theatrical career. While working unpaid internships and short contracts, I found a day job working in a bead store. My skills and knowledge grew by leaps and bounds during the couple of years that I spent working and teaching classes there.

After the bead store closed, I stopped making jewelry for a while. I was fatigued after fighting through the store's last, painful months of trying to keep open, and thought that my creativity with beads had been tapped out. I put away my glass and stones, my needles and thread, and sent my creativity off in other directions.

In 2012 I got the itch again -- that deep well of creativity was still there, it had just been running low for a while. Filled with new energy, I've begun to create again, crafting new pieces in a slightly more mature style. I'm looking forwards to finding new depths and directions in which to develop my skills. But my theatrical career does come first, and so for the moment I'm not listing much. I'm happy to do custom orders, though, so please do contact me if you're itching to have something I've made!

If you're interested in some of my other creative endeavors, check out my personal blog at http://domestigoth.wordpress.com

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  • KarenElizabeth

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I've been designing and creating my own beadwoven pieces since I was 10 years old, and teaching classes on beadweaving since my early 20s. I love to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that you won't see anywhere else.

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Last updated on April 29, 2022

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If an item arrives damaged, I will repair or replace it to you at no additional charge.

If an item is not to your liking or you otherwise change your mind about it, please contact me and we will figure out the best method of fixing the problem. I do my best to describe and photograph items clearly, but I understand that nothing can replace seeing it in person. Please be aware that you may not be eligible for a shipping refund if the item is as described and you have simply changed your mind (but I do judge every case on an individual basis, so please contact me, I want you to be happy with your purchase!)
All payments must be made through Paypal within 3 days of purchase or the item will be re-listed and negative feedback left. If you would like to cancel an item or need to discuss your payment with me, please contact me any time via an Etsy message or by email at KarenElizDesigns [!at] gmail.com
All items (except custom orders) are ready to ship, and will be sent out within 1 business day of payment being processed. Items will be gift-wrapped and then shipped in a bubble-wrap envelope for protection.

Shipping is via the most cost-effective method. If you require faster shipping, a confirmation number, insurance, etc., please contact me either before or when you make your purchase and I will give you a cost estimate.

Shipments within Canada generally arrive within a week. Shipments to other countries may take 2-6 weeks to arrive. I will send a confirmation email when your item has shipped, along with an estimated arrival date.