|Meet the Designer-Artist
My name is Sandy Mallory and I live in Grass Valley, California. My piece is A Lady's Gems named simply because it was the ''Gemstone'' jewelry-making contest and my hopes that a gracious lady will wear the piece someday. The garnets are more of a translucent fuchsia red which reminded me of the petal tips on a bouquet of lovely light yellow roses, represented by the citrine, I was fortunate to receive once. The green African ''jade'' was the perfect complement. Shape and size brought the design together.
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For many years crocheting has been my preferred craft and way of relaxing. About three years ago I read an article in our local newspaper about the students at the high school incorporating beads with their crocheting projects. My interest was piqued and I was curious to learn how they were combining the two crafts. Knowing nothing about beading I enrolled into a basic beading class with my good friend, Connie. We got hooked on beading and we have both taken many different beading classes since then. All the beading techniques I've learned have been so enjoyable it's too early for me to pick my favorite type of bead, wire, material or technique. Thank goodness Fire Mountain Gems has them all. Fire Mountain Gems has allowed me to purchase quality merchandise at affordable prices, which really helped when I offered to make all the jewelry for our daughter's wedding, including adorning her wedding veil with matching beads to the ones on her wedding gown.
Every spring, Connie and I have both submitted entries in a local contest to benefit the neighborhood center for the arts, a non-profit center for artist with disabilities. This year our local bead store decided not to hold their beading contest, so I decided to enter into Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' gemstone jewelry-making contest. Connie was the only one I shared this daring feat with (to enter the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads contest). So you can imagine our surprise and excitement when I received my congratulations letter from Chris and Stuart requesting me to send in my piece for the second round of judging. I was in shock and Connie e-mailed me back in big bold blue letters, OMG!
My encouragement or advice to anyone who may be the least bit interested in beading is to grab a friend, your mom, sister or daughter, or even a brother for that matter, and take a class just for fun and see what happens. The possibilities, I find, are endless and I haven't even gotten back to combining beading with crocheting yet, but I will.