Need For Beads, Inc.
16 years in business
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I do not have complicated pricing system. I look at the wholesale and retail costs of my materials, the time it takes to make a piece, and the price of comparable work. I will not undersell my pieces, as most of them take quite a bit of time to create.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, I stay in touch with what's going on in the field by reading several jewelry design magazines. Additionally, I attend the Bead and Button Show every year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I take 4-6 classes a year. I keep my teaching skills strong by doing programs at The Bead Society of New Hampshire meetings, where I am President. I continue to write design directions and publishing them. I also take classes locally when highly-qualified teachers become available to me. Several techniques are ones I gained through my involvement with The Bead Society of New Hampshire and through dealings with show managers.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
The Internet helped me learn to bead and the Fire Mountain Gems catalogs became my reference books. Research on the Mirrix loom brought me to the two groups that I credit with helping me bloom quickly with this art and craft: The Bead Society of New Hampshire (BSNH) and the Fun With Bead-Patterns.com Yahoo Group. At the first BSNH meeting, I saw exquisite seed bead jewelry done by several members, polymer clay beads done by artist Ann Dillon, lampworking beads by several NH artists, and a bead crochet project in progress with a woman learning the technique. I was enthralled. Discussion of an upcoming bead retreat convinced me to join the society. A bead crochet class at the retreat taught me the basics. Once I learned more about beading, I started sharing what I knew through the Yahoo Groups and the bead society. I have taught throughout New Hampshire, and I became active in several Yahoo Groups, such BeadChat, BeadCrochet, and Beadyshenanigans. I teach techniques through programs at the Bead Society of New Hampshire, and have taught classes at Michaels in Concord, NH. Nothing compares to the happy look on a new beader's face when she or he learns a new technique and walks away with a beautiful piece of beadwork, so I thoroughly enjoy these classes. I started Need For Beads because I could not stop designing jewelry and there is only so much of it you can wear. I enjoy sharing my designs with others, and so I went into business.