In 2001 I began embellishing my ribbon tri-axial weave with beads for the series "Swatches for the Duke and Duchess of Box". As the back story, I imagined myself a weaver in the Elizabethan Court and presented elaborately decorated fabrics woven with ribbons as "swatches" to the Duke and Duchess for approval before making garments for special occasions for the family. Naturally, the addition of beads make these pieces even more opulent.
I had been a subscriber to Bead & Button magazine for years merely for the visual stimulation without attempting to make a bead weaving project. But when I had the beads at hand, projects in the magazine whetted my appetite and I tried making a fringed bracelet. The beading bug bit me - hard! I bought books, took classes, joined groups and acquired a stash of beads and tools.
My bead work has been shown in 4 museum shops and several retail stores. I am constantly learning techniques and entering competitions. My work is included in "500 Beaded Objects" from Lark Books and in Bead & Button magazine and Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads from Kalmbach Publishing Co.