. . . wearable art as unique as you

Cleveland Heights, Ohio · 8 Sales


. . . wearable art as unique as you

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 8 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Marci Sherell Zabell

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Marci Sherell Zabell


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Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson on Nov 16, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

BEAUTIFUL! Great to work with!

Anonymous on Jul 26, 2010

5 out of 5 stars

I just love this scarf! It is so beautiful! The colors are so much more vivid in person. It is very well made and it will work great as a belly dance hip scarf. The service I received from MZBeads was great and my scarf was packaged very nicely. I highly recommend working with MZBeads as there was good communication throughout the process and a well made product was received in the end. Thanks so much MZBeads!

Anonymous on Jul 6, 2010

5 out of 5 stars

thank you so much for customizing the jewelry for my wedding, will send pics ^_^

Anonymous on Jul 6, 2010

5 out of 5 stars

absolutely gorgeous jewelry! will shop again!


How MZBeads Happened to MZB

After being a knitter and crafter for most of my life, in 1989 a dear friend gave me a beautiful Czech foil bead and took me to a newly opened bead store in the East Bay Area of California, where we were living at the time.. It was love at first sight, and I became a beading maniac, buying beads and the boxes to hold them with no notion of what I'd do. I just knew that I had to make beaded jewelry.

It was no small consideration that my husband wasn't the kind of guy who bought jewelry as gifts for every occasion. So here was the opportunity to fulfill my need to create and to have jewelry for myself!

But what to do with it all? Well, some of it, of course, I gave as gifts. Actually, lots of it I gave as gifts, as most beaders do, at least at the beginning of their beading careers. But most of it I pinned to the bulletin board above my work table and that was as far as I got.

We had moved back to Cleveland by this time, and a friend saw what I was doing. He insisted that I open a booth at the local Farmer's Market, which also featured the work of local artists and crafters. So I created MZBeads, Eclectic Enhancements and Fiber Fantasies, a venture combining my jewelry, knitting, and other artful pursuits such as the painting of purses and wallets, and opened a booth at the farmer's market.

The best thing about having a booth, and a virtual business, is that when people ask me where my store is (which is a wonderful compliment in itself), I get to say, "You're standing in it!" I kind of like having a portable business. And if I were more consistent at keeping up this etsy store, things would be even better!

It's been a challenge to find a balance between the things I love to make and the things that will sell. I learned early on that an artist has to make the things that will sell in order to support making the things she loves.

So I sew tunics - getting to work with lots of different and interesting, colorful fabrics - and knit shawls - getting to work with lots of different and interesting, colorful fibers - and these things sell, giving me the opportunity to make jewelry and, once in a while, put my energy into my off-loom bead weaving, which is my true love.

As all artists do, I have many ideas for projects that I hope to realize in the future. I'm working with more chains and focal pieces now, having greatly simplified my presentation of the focal stones that attract me. In future I want to balance that by creating larger, bead embroidered pieces incorporating the focal stones and mixing them with glass beads and other elements. I have ideas for fantasy quilts, and so much more.

I also want to do a series of off-loom pieces about the seasons as they passed at my home in Orange Village and Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I'm currently designing these in my mind and will begin to work on paper soon.

So many beads; so little time. That's the story of every beader, and MZBeads - named for me, Marci Zabell Bone - is no exception. I'm very fortunate to be able to devote my time and energy to my craft. And every once in a while, I feel that my work rises to the level of art. This kind of satisfaction is priceless.


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  • Marci Zabell Bone

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Eclectic Enhancements And Fiber Fantasies

    Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Oh. B.A. in English Literature at Univ. of Calf, Berkeley. Married 33 yrs. Daughter, 28; son, 22. Started knitting at 10 years old. Started crafting in the early 70s and haven't stopped! Other favorite things: read, play guitar, attend art shows, shop for interesting focal beads.

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