Melinda was Editor of Beadwork magazine for eight years before moving with her family to the mountains of Colorado. She has authored six books with Interweave/F+W Media, filmed many instructional DVDs on beadweaving techniques, taught at craft schools and bead shows nationwide, and shared her love of crafting on DIY, PBS, HGTV, Style, and local television networks. Melinda is a craft industry consultant, a freelance technical editor specializing in beadweaving, a member of the Starman TrendSetter design team, and a 2018 Beadwork Designer of the Year.
My books include Hip to Stitch: 20 Contemporary Projects Embellished with Thread; Custom Cool Jewelry: Create 200+ Personalized Pendants, Charms, and Clasps; Mastering Peyote Stitch: 15 Inspiring Projects; Mastering Herringbone Stitch: The Complete Guide, and The Peyote Stitch Companion. My third book, titled Mixed Metals: Creating Contemporary Jewelry with Silver, Gold, Copper, Brass & More, was coauthored with Danielle Fox, a former editor of Stringing magazine. Over 100 of my designs have appeared in Beadwork, Stringing, PieceWork, and other craft magazines.
teacher & crafter
I teach workshops at bead societies, bead shows, and craft schools across the country, including Penland School of Crafts and John C. Campbell Folk School. I have been the assistant to fiber artist Renie Breskin Adams at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Visit my blog at the What's New tab above for upcoming classes and workshops. I have made appearances on the television networks mentioned above, plus the shows Scrapbooking, Uncommon Threads, and my favorite, Craft Corner Death Match. A true lover of all crafts, I am known to have sewing, embroidery, knitting, beadweaving, and home improvement projects in the works all at the same time.
family & mountain life
Though I love beading, editing, and working in the craft industry, spending time with my husband, daughter, and son brings me the most joy. I call the Rocky Mountains my home and love living at 8,500 feet, where I can spend my summers hiking, running, and camping. In the winter, I love to downhill and cross-country ski and sled with my kids.
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