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Gail Devoid says, "Hi!"
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Dr. Gail Devoid
 
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Jun 29, 2010
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Gail Devoid says, "Hi!"
June 29, 2010 at 9:44:16 AM
 
I learned crafts at an early age, as my mother taught me how to knit, crochet, sew, and embroider. At the age of eleven, I learned how to loom with beads. I loved knitting while growing up, and beading took a backseat to that for quite some time.

Once I built a house in Harwinton, Connecticut in 1977, gardening became my passion. Before I moved to New Hampshire in 1993, I completed the Master Gardener program through the Connecticut Co-operative Extension, taking the course of study at the University of Connecticut branch in West Hartford.

The beading part of my life started in earnest with a gift from my husband of a pin that was a reproduction in glass of the Hope diamond. Wanting to wear this as a necklace, I searched the Internet for a brooch converter. Accompanying that online order was a small bag of beads, and a silver finding, one suitable for a cabochon stone. Being happy with the new way to wear the faux Hope Diamond pin, I wondered what I could do with this free finding from B'Sue Boutiques.

At work, a woman in sales had a hobby of making jewelry, and I turned to her for advice. She helped me with this first jewelry-making project and mentioned she was selling her seed beads, findings, books, cording, and thread and getting out of the hobby. Before she broke up the collection of beading supplies at a yard sale, I asked to see everything. We struck a deal and I bought everything. What would the people at B'Sue Boutiques think if they knew what they started with a few free beads and one finding?

First piece of jewelry made with finding from B'Sue Boutiques

The Internet helped me learn to bead and the Fire Mountain Gems catalogs became my reference books. Research on the Mirrix loom brought me to the two groups that I credit with helping me bloom quickly with this art and craft: The Bead Society of New Hampshire (BSNH) and the Fun With Bead-Patterns.com Yahoo Group.

At the first BSNH meeting, I saw exquisite seed bead jewelry done by several members, polymer clay beads done by artist Ann Dillon, lampworking beads by several NH artists, and a bead crochet project in progress with a woman learning the technique. I was enthralled. Discussion of an upcoming bead retreat convinced me to join the society. A bead crochet class at the retreat taught me the basics.


First Peyote Bracelet with First Lampword Bead Bought

Once I learned more about beading, I started sharing what I knew through the Yahoo Groups and the bead society. I have taught throughout New Hampshire, and I am active in several Yahoo Groups, such BeadChat, BeadCrochet, and Beadyshenanigans. I teach techniques through programs at the Bead Society of New Hampshire, and have taught classes at Michaels in Concord, NH. Nothing compares to the happy look on a new beader's face when she or he learns a new technique and walks away with a beautiful piece of beadwork, so I thoroughly enjoy these classes. I also publish free tutorials on my website.

My first magazine article appeared in Issue 4 of Bead-patterns.com The Magazine. One of my tutorials will be published as part of a beading calendar for 2007, and another for a 2008 calendar. The 2009 Bead A Day calendar has two patterns published in it, and the 2010 has several. One of the watches I designed appeared in a C&GG catalog, and a bead crochet necklace was featured in Bead Babe's May 2006 Brag Page. Several other pieces have been on Bead Babe's brag pages, and in November 2008, Bead Babe spotlighted my work. Bead-patterns.com recognized my work as a designer in May 2006, naming me Designer of the Month.

One of the reasons I started beading was to relieve the stress from working on a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. Part of the process of finishing my dissertation was overcoming the fear of publishing something which I thought people might find boring. I worked on developing my confidence through my interest in beads. The feedback I receive in the Yahoo group from those I have helped continues to be a vital source of encouragement to me. Becoming a better writer, bead designer, and business researcher continue to offer me my biggest personal challenges, and beading continues to offer an avenue to increased accomplishments. I am currently learning all I can about chain maille, wire working, metal clay, and metal work.

I finished my Ph.D. in June 2007, and I had no fears when I published my dissertation. I have served as Corresponding Secretary (2005-2006) and as the President of the Bead Society of New Hampshire (2006-2008). During the day, I am the Vice President of Finance at Labsphere, Inc., which is part of the Halma family of international companies. I also sit on the Labsphere Board of Directors as the Finance Director.

I live in Boscawen, NH with my husband, Ricky, two Rottweilers, and three tanks full of fish.

I hope you enjoy my website and my work!

Lampwork bead from B'Sue Boutiques used as a toggle for a bracelet (Design by Gail Goddard)


Center bead, a gift from B'Sue Boutiques, in Splash Bracelet, a Gail Goddard design






Gail Devoid, Ph.D.
Need For Beads, Inc.
http://www.tarnhelm.com/NeedForBeads


 
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Stitchboard Admin message #2
Re: Gail Devoid says, "Hi!"
June 30, 2010 at 2:51:34 AM
 
Gail,

Welcome!

Goodness, you have such gorgeous designs on your site, and thank you for posting all of your lovely pictures!  I had to see which design from Bead-Patterns.com the Magazine was yours...the Crystal 2-Drop Bracelet pattern is gorgeous!

It's wonderful how you got back into beadwork with a free finding.  What an inspiring story!  Smiley

LOL, I'm sure my little kitty would be pretty frightened of your Rottweilers...but they're wonderful dogs...years ago, a former neighbor of mine had one, and he was very sweet.

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr") =^.^=


Melanie  (cat slave and Official Feline Can Opener) =^.^=
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I'm a beading, knitting and crochet addict.  If that means I'm admitting I have a problem, then I admit to nothing. Please refrain from helping me.

 
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