In this new series of articles I would like to introduce you beaders,
who do not make a living from beadwork but keep it as a hobby in their free time.
Have fun reading!
Susan Sassoon is an architect, living and working on Long Island, in a suburb of NYC. She has a very bead supportive husband who helped furnish her bead room, a fashion conscious daughter who tells her when a design doesn’t work, and a really cute little dog who makes her smile and is careful to never spill the beads. When she’s not working or beading, she enjoys theater, taking walks, and traveling.
When and how did you start to create? How did you learn to bead?
Did you also try other techniques?
Tell us about the piece of jewelry you are the most proud of!
Where do you like to create? Do you have a designated area in your home where you keep your beads and play with them?
What is your favorite stitch? Which colors do you like the most? On the other hand, is there any color or color combination you don’t like?
Do you follow instructions or do you like to develop your own designs?
Who are your favorite designers? Why?
Do you have a favorite bead shop? Tell us about it!
Which is the bead / component in your stash which you treasure the most? Where and how did you get it? Do you already have plans how to use it?
Have you ever visited a bead show, a cruise or any other meeting dedicated to beading? If yes, tell us about the experience!
Is there a beadwork-related book you would like to recommend to other beaders? Or maybe a clever storage solution or any other trick to make a beader’s life easier?
If I had to chose one book, I’d recommend Carol Cypher’s book, Mastering Beadwork. She covers so many different stitches with some simple but fun and colorful projects. When people ask me for advice on how to begin to learn bead weaving, I usually point them to Jill Wiseman’s videos. I think she is an amazing teacher and she has very professional videos that begin with the very basics. For more advanced beaders, I recommend the workshops taught by the many international traveling bead artists.
I love my storage drawers! I used to keep my beads in stackable boxes, but it was time consuming to put the beads away properly as I had to move the other boxes out of the way and open up the lids, etc. Now, everything is in clear plastic drawers with labels on them. It is very easy to just slide open the correct drawer and throw the tube or small bag of beads into the drawer and be done with the cleaning up. It is also very easy to find what I need quickly.
What are your plans for the future as a beader? Is there something you would really like to learn or an instructor you would like to meet?
Thank you very much for answering my questions, Susan.
I wish you a lot of inspiration and beads!