I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio; I was a fine arts major at Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, where I met my husband-to-be, Denny, who was attending Xavier University. We married when we were both 21 (just kids!), and our two sons, Tom and Jay, were born there. We moved to Orlando in 1981, and lived there for 24 years. Our son Tom says it was the perfect place for a boy to grow up: we had a pool, a skateboard half-pipe in the backyard, and there was a lake down the hill to catch fish and snakes.
Besides loving to bead, I am a painter (Folk Art painting), and belong to 3 chapters of the Society of Decorative Painters. I’m also on the board of the Rocky Mountain Bead Society. I’ve taught at the Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar for the last 3 years. I also taught at the bead shop where I worked in Orlando.
I was drawn to beading about ten years ago by my love of color and textural design.; I just love combining them to see what emerges. I specialize in bead weaving and embroidery.
I enjoy working with my fellow “Crazies”. They’re the best group I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. It’s hard to call it work when you enjoy being there so much.  -Kate

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