Jill Wiseman is a talented jewelry designer who works as a full-time beading instructor at bead shows, bead societies, and bead stores coast-to-coast. She also designs and sells kits and patterns in partnership with her mother, June Wiseman, as Jill Wiseman Designs in her home state of Texas. Jill has beautiful designs published in Beadwork Magazine as one of their Designers of the Year, and in Bead & Button Magazine! We are constantly in awe of her elegant designs and amazing talent, and are excited to feature her as our Artist Spotlight for the month of February! Now, let’s dive a little deeper into the wonderful bead weaving world of Jill Wiseman! Adding another accomplishment to her already impressive resume, she wrote the book, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, which was published by Lark in the fall of 2012. This book is full of stunning beaded ropes in many different stitches and skill levels. Jill specializes in simple but classically beautiful designs for jewelry that are wearable in everyday life. FusionBeads.com offers over 20 beautiful Beadwork Jewelry Kits by Jill Wiseman Designs. From beginner to more experienced, there is a kit for you!
You can also check out Jill Wiseman Designs on YouTube for helpful beading tips, techniques and so much more!
I was able to ask Jill some questions about her life as a jewelry designer and how her beading journey began!
How/when did you get started beading?
I first was exposed to beads in 2001 at a quilt show. I was fascinated! I purchased a little peyote pin kit – and promptly failed at learning peyote by myself. I found my local bead store, and vividly remember my first visit. I walked in and my pulse started racing. I took a slow lap around the store, not touching a single thing because I didn’t know where to start, and walked right back out again! I got some lunch and calmed down. Went back to the store, signed up for my first classes, and proceeded to spend much of the next five years there. First as a student taking every single class offered, and three years later as an employee and teacher.
What inspires your designs?
I get inspired by literally anything. I’ll see a wallpaper pattern and try to imagine how I’d recreate it in beads. Strappy shoe sandals. Light fixtures. Iron railings. I also love to recreate the look of fine gold jewelry in beads. My general goal in designing is to create projects people will wear in their everyday lives so they’ll enjoy it. Which means my style can be a bit more restrained. Sometimes knowing when to stop adding is the hardest part!
Do you have a favorite stitch?
I really love them all – but if I HAD to pick, I think I’d choose herringbone. I love the soft, suppleness of the finished pieces, and there’s something so tactile about fondling a herringbone piece that I can’t resist.
Do you have an all-time favorite beading project of yours?
I’ve got a special place in my heart for Night at the Opera, which is the first piece that really caught fire and I credit it with taking my beading career to the next level.When not beading, what do you like to do?
I have a major knitting addiction that must be fed periodically, and I love to read – as a matter of fact, my only true resolution for 2016 is to make time to read more books. I also have 3 dogs and 2 cats, so I spend a lot of time snuggling and petting.
A huge thank you to Jill Wiseman for a great interview and for making such inspiring jewelry designs!
Happy Beading – Allie