I began my beading career while caring for my Mother who sadly passed away at almost 98 years old. I stopped
painting and quilting in order to spend more time sitting with her and wanted to keep my hands busy. A close
friend had on a necklace that I liked and we exchanged ideas and my new interest grew from there. With so many color choices and methods to choose from it soon had me totally hooked.

My necklaces, bracelets and earrings are created one bead at a time using traditional beadweaving techniques.
More recently I have been using an adaptation of an ancient Japanese braiding method called kumihimo.
Historically the braids were used by samurai as ties for armor and later as kimono sashes. The adaptation we use incorporates beads into the braiding.

In my jewelry I use high-quality Japanese seed beads, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and semiprecious
stones. With the wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and finishes that are now available, the design possibilities are endless.
KATHY SNYDER
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