Karen Price

Helen's Piece
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Mississauga, Ontario

Describe your artistic style.
I love peyote even, odd and round, herringbone and round herringbone. Looming, ladder stitch, stringing etc.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I see people on TV or on the street and think gee I know a good necklace that would go with the outfit they're wearing.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Toho beads, size 15 to size 8's. Bugles all sizes. Gems, silver, crystals, chips. You name it and I will or have tried it. Jump rings I love chain mail. I love to use PMC and make my own leaves as well as other designs.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Helen's Piece

What inspired this design?
My best friend. I have seen this done a lot but this is one I did on my own.

How did it come together?
Oh, I had to plan it out. It looked easy, so I thought, but by the time you figure out where and the length of the branches it really takes a lot of time. I tried a few different designs but this is the one that worked for her.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started about 6 years ago and fell in love with it.

In 2011 I had a brain aneurysm and almost died. They did not give me much of a chance. Well, I recovered and got to go to my beading classes again and that really helped me to focus on small things and designs. My friends were great and gave me hope, also.

Hey, I am not saying that is the only thing that brought me back as my husband gave me the time to fight and rest.

I am back to normal or as normal as I can be, lol.

Who introduced you to beading?
I had a jig and wanted to know what kind of wire to use as I found some of the wire was too soft to use.

I found a course through Sheridan College and it had nothing to do with the jig. Boy, what a surprise to me at all the new things that I learned and loved.

Do you have an artistic background?
Not really. I just go with the flow.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
From fellow beaders, also ads in the back of beading books.

What other hobbies do you have?
Reading, playing DS Nintendo, playing cards with my grandkids. Knitting, painting foot stools, painting T-shirts. etc. Taking new courses. I just finished one on Chinese Knotting.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Yes, I enjoy going Friday nights to a group. Beadflow. The teacher is one of the best I ever had. She has the patience of a saint, never makes you feel stupid and if you're having problems she is the first to help you out. She will show you how to do something even if she has shown you a 100 times and does all she can to encourage all of us.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
When I bead I am in a world of my own. Sometimes it is very calm and going great and other times it is like a hurricane and boy when it goes wrong it goes wrong.

Being published by Bead and Button is one of the highlights.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
No, I usually make it for my daughter, granddaughter and family. I have sold a few things and I know I should be selling.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Not really. I have done some jewelry for my grandchildren's teachers at the end of the year.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Yes--keep at it, never give up. If you do not know how to do a stitch then check out the internet. There are so many places to find information. Take books out of the library.

Find a great class and go for it. Find your own place in beading and make it yours. Get friends involved as it is great to bounce ideas off each other.