Erin Simonetti




"When I was twelve years old, my Great Aunt made me a wooden bead loom, much like was seen in Native American Publications. With some beads and string, I found my self beading, any and every chance I could get. 

Since there were no books readily available, as there are today, to give patterns and teach techniques, I had to devise ways to utilize all the little strips of beads I loomed! My idea of 3-D beading came to light! This then created another dilemma of deciding how to secure my creations, decrease and ascend rows to accomplish particular shapes. I also purchased a lot of graph paper to plan out my designs and color them accordingly.

I always enjoyed graphing large scenes and designs depicting flowers, birds and butterflies. My first three dimensional necklaces were completed early in these times, but today I have proven finer techniques. My goal was always to use glass seed beads, 11/0, 15/0, 22/0 and smaller, create a realistic design, and mold them like clay to make wearable art. Some people have commented that my work looks like painted fabric and not beads! Lately, I find as much satisfaction from building in a three dimensional form as I do graphing a pattern, in a 2-D format, showing depth of a 3-D picture.

My College days found me a student at the Maryland Institute of Art, majoring in crafts. Again, there was no outlet, at that time, for beads, so I confined my interests to stained glass and painting. Later, hosting a stained glass class in the evenings for interested friends.

I have been married for over 31 years, living on a 10 acre piece of property in Howard County, Maryland. Together, my husband and I own two businesses, 'Content Contracting' (repairs to any and all household goods) and a 'Personal Property Appraiser' with the ISA. Through this time as well, I continued to perfect my "mind's eye" of beading. 

My husband and three children, ages 16, 19 and 21, have been very supportive of my 'constant beading.' Introducing myself to the 'beading and festival' communities had been a perfect way to meet others, also interested in creating art through the medium of beads. In this light, I have met many 'bead lovers' who feel as passionate for beading as I do. I have shown my work, as a vendor, in many 'jury selected' art shows, been published in magazines and books.



Text taken from the Beads Beading Beaded website.



Holly Cow, that’s a lot of Berries! Cuff
Saturday December 3, 2016


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Beginner Loom Class
June 4, 2016
June 11, 2016



Freeform Cuff
July 16, 2016



Smocked Cuff
(Advanced Loom Class)
April 2, 2016




Beginner Loom Class (2 Options)
Saturday January 16, 2016
Saturday January 23, 2016


   


Holiday Pendants (2 Options)
(Advanced Loom Class)

Saturday December 5, 2015

   


Gold Cuff
(Advanced Loom Class)

Saturday October 24, 2015





Advanced Loom Class
Saturday August 8, 2015


      




Summertime Cuff
Saturday June 13, 2015
Saturday June 20, 2015





Advanced Loom Cuff
Saturday April 11, 2015



Beginner Loom
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Part One

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Part Two

Beginner Loom
Saturday, January 6, 2015
Part One
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Part Two

Trim a Tree Cuff
Saturday, December 6, 2014


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