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Jewelry
Thompsons Station, TN
@lesliefawcettbeadwork

My jewelry features beaded beads that are individually hand woven by me using peyote stitch and glass seed beads. Then I either string them solely or combine them with gemstones and sterling silver to make a variety of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

With needle and a nylon thread, I take tiny glass seed beads and weave them into a rectangular piece that I then roll up and sew together. Use of the peyote stitch allows the ends of the rectangle to interlock when I sew them together, then repeated passes thru the beads reinforce the whole. I use a variety of gemstones, lampwork beads and sterling silver findings that I have purchased over the years to enhance and complement the beads that I have created.

I have been weaving beads for 23 years with no formal training other than how to articles and a few books. At first, all I made were beaded beads, fascinated with the process, and then I began incorporating them into jewelry. I have been making jewelry with the beads for 20 years. Recently I have been branching out in my designs to include beaded balls and discs also created using peyote stitch and glass seed beads.

I enjoy using my eye for color and the interesting gemstones that I find to create unique jewelry pieces with my beads. I love jewelry of all kinds and hope that my pieces will become classics that the buyer will come back to time and time again.

I am a member of Tennessee Craft and the Arts Council of Williamson County, TN. I have participated in the following shows in 2022: Tennessee Craft Fall Craft Fair (Nashville, TN), Berea Craft Fair (Berea, KY), St. James Art Show (Louisville, KY), Monte Sano Art Show (Huntsville, AL), Summerfair (Cincinnati, OH), Winterfair (Columbus, OH)

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