About Me
Although I’ve enjoyed knitting and crocheting since I was a child, I didn’t discover beads until 1997 when friends took me to General Bead in San Francisco.  I left the store with two packets of seed beads and a pattern for a Christmas ornament, and was immediately addicted.  In my quest to combine my new passion for beads with my love of knitting and crochet I soon discovered bead crochet as well as both bead and beaded knitting, all techniques used to produce the antique beaded bags of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.  In 1999 I started my business Arhyonel Beadwork and Antiques to promote the preservation and restoration of beaded purses and antiques, as well as the methods and patterns used to make them. 

In 2005 I started taking jewelry classes in an attempt to improve the metalworking techniques that I need to repair antique purse frames.  I found that I enjoy making jewelry so much that I have continued to learn new techniques that go far beyond metalworking.  My jewelry incorporates a little of all of these, including precious metal clay, wire wrapping, chain maille, fused glass, beadweaving, and my two newest passions: lampworking and enamel.