Welcome to Harlequin Beads!


Where are you originally from, and how long have you lived in this area?

Iowa. I've lived in Eugene since 1982.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I love beads. I have owned and operated Harlequin Beads & Jewelry since 1984. I have three great kids.

When and why did you start beading?

I've loved beads and been beading since I was 13 years old. There was a little store called Macrame Plus in my neighborhood with a bead stringing table. I adored math and fell in love with peyote stitch. I love to graph patterns.

What are your favorite beads, stringing materials, etc?

I love antique African trade beads, fancy gem beads and rocks, everything Italian, crystal, seed beads, antique glass - to name a few favorites.

Tell us about your beading and other creative pursuits.

I like to knot with stone beads and crystals, and make Buddhist malas (knotted). I used to do a lot of seed bead work with teeny-tiny Italian seed beads. Right now, I am enjoying learning to photograph beads and jewelry.

What are your beading habits and space like?

I knot in front of the TV, sometimes design and string stones at work. I only make stuff when I am inspired by some beads. My bead collection is vast and unorganized; things are vaguely arranged in piles by type.

What inspires you as an artist?

I'm inspired by the craftsmanship and beauty of the beads. Stone beads are mined, cut, matched and strung by hand. I love the intricacy and beauty of antique beads.

How do you learn new techniques?

I'm pretty much self-taught. When I first started beading, I learned a lot from watching others. Now, I just learn by doing.

What’s your personal style?

I like to wear rare and unusual beads on a daily basis, regardless of whether or not they go with my "outfit" (or t-shirt).

What brought you to Harlequin, and what is your connection with the store?

I was inspired to open a bead store in Eugene in 1984 by my friends and local artists. There has always been an abundance of talented beaders in Eugene, and back then there was no good bead store to serve their needs.

Tell us about a couple of your favorite pieces.

I did a pair of peyote stitch earrings with size 18° Italian seed beads, and long fringe with opals, rubies and amethysts.

Are your creations available for purchase?

My floating bead necklaces are available at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry store, and I have an annual booth at the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta.

What would you tell someone who is just getting started?

Use your imagination. There is no limit to what you can do with beads. The beads are highly addictive.

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