“I have been passionate about jewelry for as long as I can remember. However, for most of my adult life, jewelry has had to be a secondary interest. Working for a fine estate jewelry store to help pay for my design degree introduced me to a wide range of historical styles, though I gravitated toward the intricate and exquisitely made pieces of the 1920’s the most. Throughout most of my 20 year career as a graphic designer, art director, and web designer, I have enjoyed seeking out vintage and antique jewelry and also making beaded jewelry, particularly for family and friends.In 2013, everything changed: a friend introduced me to beginning bead embroidery techniques and I was instantly captivated…enthralled…entranced.My previously parallel paths in design and jewelry joined together with surprising power and I dived into the art and design of bead embroidery jewelry headfirst. The exquisite intricacy of the design is as compelling to me as the meticulous process of creating the objects themselves. Each piece is unique and is inspired by nature, art, and the beads themselves.”San Fortune
The Difference Between Bead Embroidery and Bead Weaving:
Bead embroidery is a type of beadwork that uses a needle and thread to stitch beads onto a fabric or backing such as suede, ultra-suede, or leather.
Bead weaving (off-loom) also uses a needle and thread to weave beads using several different beading stitches. Bead weaving does not rely on the beads being attached to a backing, but are stitched together to form the structure.