|Congratulations to MaryLou H, our 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes winner who won a $1,000 shopping spree from Artbeads.com. MaryLou is a jewelry designer from North Carolina who creates beadwoven jewelry and enjoys experimenting with new techniques. Read the interview below for more information on MaryLou and her jewelry designs, browse the photos of some of her favorite designs and feel free to visit her blog, MaryLou's Art [Ad]venture, and her etsy store. Congratulations once again MaryLou, and enjoy your prize!|
Where are you from?
My husband and I just recently moved to western North Carolina, and we love it. I grew up in Tennessee and then wound up in northern Illinois for almost thirty years, but I always wanted to be back in the south. As soon as spring arrives, because it will, we're going to start building our new house.
What kind of jewelry do you make?
I create beadwoven jewelry using offloom techniques like peyote, herringbone, bead crochet, and right angle weave, which I just learned. I design my own patterns for peyote bracelets and cuffs, and one of my resolutions for 2010 was to create a new design every week. So far I'm keeping the resolution. Several of my friends, many of whom I've met on Etsy or Facebook, create art beads (lampwork, ceramic, porcelain, polymer clay), and I've made quite a number of necklaces and bracelets to show off their gorgeous beads.
What are you going to get with your $1,000 Shopping Spree?
I've started a list, which won't surprise anyone who knows me. So far, I think I'm going to add to my delica collection, I'd like some 15s and some 8s, choose a few pearls and Swarovski crystals, and beyond that I'm just not sure! I've been browsing the website and am overwhelmed by the variety of goodies. I like to experiment with my jewelry making, and I rarely make the same type of thing twice, so I'm thinking of selecting a whole variety of pendants, charms, and beads so I'll have lots of choices.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I'm really thrilled to have won the Artbeads.com sweepstakes! Beading is great fun for me, a way to indulge my passion for creating, a way to explore new techniques and try new things, and a way to make great friends.