Hello, beaders! My name is Erica Swanson, and I'm so excited to be blogging on the Bead&Button site!
A little bit about me: I've been a book editor at Kalmbach Publishing Co. for the past three years, and unlike our talented Bead&Button editors, I began with no jewelry-making experience of any kind. I couldn't identify a wrapped loop, I had no idea that beading wire was different from regular wire, and my eyes hadn't yet been opened to the beauty of Swarovski crystals.
Luckily, I came to the right place to learn.
I began by thumbing through years of past Bead&Button issues, admiring the work and wondering how in the world anyone could complete such beautiful, intricate pieces. Taking a closer look at the projects, I started to understand (theoretically) how all the beads went together. I could even spot the different stitches—and yet I still thought, "No way in a million years will I be able to actually do that."
The decision to tackle a project was a leap of faith. It was exciting and slightly terrifying to take the plunge—especially since my experienced coworkers, old pros at jewelry-making, would be able to examine my work and spot everything that went wrong during construction. And let me tell you, a whole lot went wrong!
That's what this blog will be about: My jewelry-making journey from the very beginning, standing in the local beading store, mouth agape and head spinning at the possibilities in front of me. If you're like I was, still just thinking about tackling one of Bead&Button's tempting baubles, maybe my experiences will sound familiar. I will also share more from the Books department about new books and authors, since there's always something fresh and innovative going on in the beading world to get even the most talented stitchers' pulses racing.
I look forward to telling you about my experiences fumbling with needle, thread, and tiny, tiny seed beads. I'll be posting about my successes—and failures—twice a month. And if anyone out there has any advice for a wannabe master stitcher, I'll take all the help I can get!