guest designers

I was so lucky to have 39 of my favorite designers contribute pieces to Bead Simple! Here’s a list of everyone who is part of the book.

Tanja Alger lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, and two stepsons. In her spare time she loves to garden, draw, and look after her family’s menagerie of cats and chickens.

Jennifer Bonnell is a born and raised Jersey crafty girl with a penchant for all things sparkly, and the author of DIY Girl. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband, their cat, and her monstrous stash of craft supplies.

Cathy Callahan is a crafter who draws inspiration from crafts of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Her website is

Nicola Corl is a hairstylist and make-up artist who lives with her husband, Neal and three children, Henry, Maisie, and June in Portland, Oregon. Any crafting projects are undertaken in the middle of the night!

Stacy Elaine Dacheux enjoys writing, baking pumpkin bagels, and drawing pictures of lions with astronaut helmets. Her projects can be found at

Natalie Zee Drieu is senior editor of CRAFT Magazine and web editor of the CRAFT blog. Her personal blog, Coquette, expresses her love of fashion, style, technology and crafts.

Nancy Flynn is a writer and crafter who lives in San Francisco. She is co-editor of and the author of Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Blues.

Diane Gilleland, also known as Sister Diane, organizes the Portland Church of Craft. She also produces CraftyPod, a podcast and blog about making stuff.

When she’s not crafting lesson plans, Fiona Gillespie knits, sews, quilts and visits the second-hand and vintage shops of the world.

Betsy Greer is a writer, thinker and crafter living in North Carolina. When not busy making things, she writes about the ethical side of crafty life at

Alexis Hartman is an illustrator and self-proclaimed remedial crafter born into a very crafty family in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at

Wendy Jung, The Singing Librarian, designs sweet and simple accessories using vintage buttons, shiny beads, and unique souvenirs from the past, found at She earned her moniker while working at an interior design firm, organizing their library and taking liberties with the office intercom.

In 2003 Leah Kramer created the online community as a haven for people who love to make stuff but who also love to break the traditional rules of crafting. She’s also the author of a book on kitschy crafts from the 1950s and 60s called The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts.

Faythe Levine works under the moniker Flying Fish Design, based out of Milwaukee, WI. She also owns a brick and mortar shop called Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery, is the founder of Art vs. Craft and is the producer and director of Handmade Nation.

Meredith MacDonald lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys all manner of domestic arts, especially sewing, knitting, baking, and collecting Blythe dolls. Her work can be found at

Bethe Mack is an enthusiastic crafter, part-time actor/musician, reiki healer, and chihuahua lover. She divides her time between Portland, Oregon and the rest of the universe.

Jessee Maloney-Townsend resides in Baltimore City, Maryland, where she designs one-of-a-kind jewelry in her home and runs her online shop

Sarah Minshall is a quilter, crafter, knitter, and maker of all things fabric-related. She keeps tabs on what she makes at her blog, Hip to Piece Squares:

Kathy Cano Murillo (a.k.a The Crafty Chica) is a book author, TV personality and syndicated newspaper columnist. She is addicted to glitter and all things sparkly, and runs the website

Megan Nicolay is the author of Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt ( and a founding member and secret craft agent for the Department of Craft ( She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her sewing machines, typewriter, and her teacher man, Luke.

Torie Nguyen is a member of PDX Super Crafty ( and the owner/designer of Totinette Accessories ( In her spare time, she co-organizes the Crafty Wonderland sale in Portland and helps her husband Quentin with his t-shirt company, Monsieur T.

Shannon Okey is the author of the Knitgrrl series, Spin to Knit, Felt Frenzy, and many other crafty books. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where her studio is filled with sweaters just waiting to become other things.

Rebecca Pearcy is the designer and founder of Queen Bee Creations, a handmade accessories company that’s been in business since 1996. She loves sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking, and making music.

Jennifer Perkins keeps herself busy running her online jewelry company Naughty Secretary Club, being a member of the Austin Craft Mafia, hosting Craft Lab and Stylelicious on the DIY Network and producing the Stitch Fashion Show and Guerilla Craft Bazaar.

Linda Permann is the founding Craft and Decorating Editor for Adorn
and blogs at She loves making things, reading, thrifting, and visiting national parks.

Christy Petterson is a crafter, designer and writer from Atlanta. She is co-editor of, organizes a craft market called the Indie Craft Experience, creates her own line of clothing and accessories, a bardis, and in between all the craftiness she enjoys working full-time in public relations.

Tricia Royal hails from San Francisco, California. An artist, fashion designer and writer, she is obsessed with sewing, knitting, crocheting, and thrift shopping. Her fashion-focused blog and website live at

Julian Quaresima is in elementary school in East Meadow, New York. He loves drawing, karate, playing with his friends, and making jewelry with his Aunt Susan.

Jenny Ryan is a kitsch-and-cupcake-obsessed artist and crafter living in Silverlake, California, with her cartoonist husband Johnny and their two insane cats, Kang and Kodos. She is the owner of and moonlights as the organizer behind Felt Club, LA’s popular indie craft fair.

Southern California artist Laura Stokes runs Charcoal Designs, a showcase for her vintage-inspired designs.

Jenn Sturiale crafts, tinkers, writes and codes using fabric, paper, wire, computers and lots of glue in Brooklyn. She is a founding member of the Department of Craft, and her work can be seen at

Kayte Terry is a stylist and crafter living in Brooklyn with her husband and her rabbit/muse, Potato. Find out more about Kayte’s crafty exploits at and

Raised in Montana in a family of artists, Caitlin Troutman has been making things since she can remember. After going to school for painting she found herself in the woodshop.

Nicole Vasbinder lives in Petaluma, California and is the designer of the Queen Puff Puff handbag and accessory line. She also teaches sewing and crafty business classes throughout the Bay Area.

Jessica Vitkus wrote a recycled crafts book called AlternaCrafts, developed projects for the “Martha Stewart Living” TV craft department, and has written for several of Martha’s magazines. She lives in New York’s East Village with her blacksmith/sculptor/Texan boyfriend, and embroiders whenever possible.

Kelly Wiglesworth is a writer and yoga teacher living on California’s Central Coast who’s been making jewelry for more than ten years. She brought her bead bag as her luxury item on the first season of Survivor, and used the hemp rope to lash a hut together, invisible thread to catch fish, and made necklaces and bracelets for everyone with shells she found on the island.

Jessica Wilson is a color junkie, a hoarder of kitsch and an erratic baker. A native Californian, she currently lives in the Los Feliz Village with her ukulele-playing better half, who often teams up with her to craft the night away.

Emilie Zanger is a Chicago writer and the former DIY editor of Venus Zine. Her day-job alter ego is a restaurant publicist, so it’s no surprise that her favorite crafty pastime is concocting elaborate meals from her numerous cookbooks. Emilie and her sister (and talented co-contributor) Jessica grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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  1. […] I can’t wait until March when Susan’s book comes out. There are 50 designs and each has two variations so the book boasts 150 projects. Susan invited 39 designers to create the variations and I was lucky enough to be one of those designers! What an honor!! The complete list of guest designers is here. […]

  2. […] is hosting a fun giveaway contest to celebrate Bead Simple! She’s one of the book’s guest designers — she created a beautiful pair of earrings — and has been so supportive of the project […]

  3. […] celebrate the upcoming book release, another of my talented guest designers — and the author of Jeaneology, Nancy Flynn — has just announced a very generous […]

  4. […] guest designers […]

  5. […] Powells location (1005 W. Burnside). I’ll have a bunch of the book projects to show, and my six Portland guest designers will be in attendance, too! I’m also bringing tools, findings, and vintage beads along, so […]

  6. […] Ave Austin, TX 78704). I love Jennifer’s work and I am so lucky that she is one of my guest designers for Bead Simple! I wish so much that I could take her classes myself, but they are both scheduled […]

  7. […] So here’s a super, duper shout out to my friend Susan Beal and her fantastic book and the 39 designers who contributed! You’ll be able to keep up with all sorts of Bead-Simple-goodness […]

  8. […] thanks for the support from all my lovely friends and guest designers… and to everyone who reads my blog, thank you for putting up with my shameless self-promotion […]

  9. […] guest designers […]

  10. […] her projects also has an alternate version done by a guest designer, and I’m honored to count myself among that storied group– I made the alternate version of the Hardware Store Necklace (little know fact: for a time, I […]

  11. […] do a short reading and show a bunch of the 150 jewelry projects from the book, and my Portland guest designers will be there with their work, too. Plus everyone who comes is invited to make a pair of Solo […]

  12. […] guest designers […]

  13. Susan,
    I just got your book bead simple. Thank you so much!! You have a friendly way with words and your instruction is great!! I am looking forward to many happy hours going through your book and projects!
    All the best to you!!!

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