I have been captivated by beads for over 40 years. I began with bead embroidery and bead stringing, then shifted my focus to beadweaving. For the past 20 years, beading has been my full-time career. My company is called Wear Your Art, and is currently based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
My finished jewelry has been exhibited in National and International shows such as the Fiber Arts Fiesta in San Diego. Many galleries across the country have represented my work. A few of them include the Hui No-eau Museum in Hawaii, and Nason-Williams, Handwoven Originals, and Char in Santa Fe. Collectors from around the world have purchased my unique beaded jewelry, thanks to exposure at many shows and galleries, and to my website.
Over the past few years, I have shifted from selling finished jewelry to sharing my skills and designs with others by teaching and writing. I have taught many workshops both locally and nationally, including Beading in Paradise, Bead Expo, and the Bead & Button Show . I have written articles for Bead & Button and Beadwork Magazines. I will have three projects in two new books by Interweave Press: Beadwork Creates Necklaces, and Beadwork Creates Beaded Beads.
Drawing on my experience from a previous career as a technical writer/editor, I supplemented my kits and my classes with exceptionally detailed and well-illustrated instructions. We now sell these instructions in downloadable format.
I use a wide variety of techniques in my unique designs. I strive to go beyond jewelry into the realm of art to wear. I want my students and customers to be proud to wear the jewelry that they create from my designs.
After many years designing and selling finished beaded jewelry, Linda began to sell bead kits in 2001. Over the years she has produced over three hundred different designs, both as beadweaving kits and as bead stringing kits. In 2011 we stopped selling kits, in order to concentrate on selling the downloadable instructions to make the jewelry.
When you buy our beadwork instructions, you do so with the understanding that you are buying an item that contains copyrighted material. You are making this beading project for your own use or as a gift, and you are not to make copies for resale.