Wooster, OH, United States
Blame it on being left-handed. I don't use patterns or even sketches. My work is all about making it up as I go along.
seed beads beading beadweaving bead weaving bead embroidery peyote herringbone right angle weave off loom
Skills and Techniques
freeform offloom beadweaving freeform bead embroidery
Get to Know
My name is Frances Whited. I live in Northeast Ohio. My mom was a very creative stay-at-home mother so as kids my siblings and I always had plenty of art supplies to play around with and we were encouraged to dabble around with whatever caught our fancy. I always got "art" toys for Christmas -- a rock tumbler a spin art set an enameling kiln. One year it was a "paint it yourself" paper dress. Mom was a Cub Scout den mother and during one of the many bouts of tonsillitis that kept me home from school she taught me to weave on a bead loom (because beadwork was Native American that made it a suitably manly pursuit for Cub Scouts I guess) thus instilling my ongoing love of seed beads. Throughout my adult life I continued to dabble in just about every medium you can imagine but never really found anything that stuck. Then about five years ago I saw an ad for a class in freeform sculptural peyote stitch at a local bead store and asked my sisters to give the class for my birthday.When I took the class it was like the Beadwork Muse descended in a beam of light and embraced me. I was utterly hooked and so excited as I left the class that night with about one square inch of beadwork completed. I jumped into freeform work with absolute abandon. I entered my first juried arts and crafts show about six months later and have been going strong every since. About a year ago I began adding freeform bead embroidery to my repertoire as well. I truly love seed beads and beadweaving. Color is always where the design process starts for me and I look at tubes of seed beads with the same greedy enthusiasm with which I cracked open a fresh Crayola 64-Pack as a kid. I always work on pieces when I do shows and when people invariably commentÃ??Â˘Ã˘Ã˘EUR?Â¬Ã?Ã˘EURoeThose tiny beads I'd go crazy" I invariably respond "It's my therapy." And it is. It's relaxing creatively fulfilling and has enabled me to achieve my lifelong goal of having as much jewelry as I want.