Designer Spotlight – Meet Katie!

Hi Everyone! My name is Katie and I’ve been working here at Fusion Beads for almost 19 years. Wow! Time sure flies. I can’t believe it’s been that long.

I moved to Seattle from the Bay Area in 1998. When I first started working for Fusion Beads, we were just a local bead store in Ballard, a funky industrial neighborhood in Seattle. We offered all sorts of classes in everything from bead weaving to lampwork glass bead making. I had already been beading for a while, but I learned so much in those first few years, and I keep continuing to learn even now. I love the fact that beading has so many different styles and applications, so many ways to use all the beads I’ve collected over the years!

We went online in 2004 and since then I’ve had my hands in a lot of different projects around the company, but I mostly work on picking out new product for the site and working with our amazing Purchasing team to keep everything in stock in my role as the Chief Procurement Officer. I also get to spend some time designing and creating with our Creative Team in my role as Chief Creative Officer.

I call myself a super crafter – I always have projects going in crochet, quilting, sewing and of course, my favorite of all, BEADING. My craft room can be a bit chaotic, but I try to keep it under control and contained inside the room, but it always ends up spreading through the entire house!

I live in a cute neighborhood in Seattle called Columbia City with my rescue dog Scout. When I am not beading, I can be found riding my bike, kayaking, or hiking in and around Seattle. And I try to travel as much as I can. My happy places are Lake Tahoe, Rome and Orcas Island, but I want to go everywhere! The list is long and growing, next up is Iceland or Machu Picchu.I also stay busy by serving on the Young Professional Board for a local organization Treehouse, which helps support youth in foster care in Washington State. And I volunteer every month in their store where foster youth can shop called the Wearhouse.

My favorite product, projects and techniques are always changing. Right now, I’m on a bead crochet rope bracelet kick. I’m trying to make my way through all of the Delica colors. They are just so gorgeous that I want to have an entire collection of them! I’ve made about 60-70 so far. I love the texture that you get in these bracelets. Only 1100 or so more to go. Yikes!I also love working with lots of color. Our new seed bead palettes are calling my name! I had fun using one of the new mini palettes in our new Beachy Necklace and Beachy Bracelet.I also created the Deco and Coastal crochet rope bracelets using our original collection of seed bead palettes and had fun playing with different patterns and color blocking with these!

When I’m not obsessing over bead crochet, I also love to right angle weave, wire wrap and of course just string up beads. Below are some of my favorite projects that we’ve featured on the site over the years.

Cadmium Orange Bracelet

Sparkling Nights Earrings

Diamond Back Bangle Bracelets

Frolicking Fall Earrings

And to wrap this all up, THANK YOU! I love being inspired by everything that we see you, our customers, making and sharing with us. We have such a vibrant and creative community of beaders that support us. It’s so fun to see how everyone uses beads in their own unique way and to find inspiration from each other. Looking forward to many more years of sharing my love of beading with you.

– Katie






P.S. Look out for my takeover on Instagram this week! I’ll be sharing more of my life and beading adventures with you there!

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