introducing DatzKatz Designs and a free bangle tutorial for our readers…

We are so lucky to have a business where we meet such talented and amazing people.  One of our customers, Debra of DatzKatz Designs is no exception.  True to the artistic Maritime spirit, she is an accomplished beading artist, having been published several times in the leading magazines.  A few of her designs are also being published in the upcoming Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Volume II book authored by Kate McKinnon, out around June 2014.

Debra lives in Rural Nova Scotia and beading, as you probably guessed, is her most favorite way to pass time.   She started beading – stringing – about 3 years ago. Encouraged by friends who liked her designs, she started sharing and selling on Facebook.  At that point she was inspired by all the wonderful designs of beads sewn together to create jewelry she found there too.  She decided to teach herself how to bead weave and has been addicted ever since!  She has been bead weaving for about 2 1/2 years, but her talent suggests she has been doing it for so much longer.  She recently, after the encouragement of the wonderful bead weaving friends she has met on Facebook, started writing bead weaving patterns. Her designs have been published in Bead Trends magazine and Bead and Button magazine.  She has been further delighted by the inclusion of her designs in Kate McKinnon’s upcoming book too.  Debra says “My journey with seed beads has brightened my life. Creating with seed beads has become my therapy, meditation and joy.”  Her designs certainly bring joy to her customers and fellow beaders too!

We are honored that she has shared her tutorial for her ‘Fun & Flirty Datz Katz Bangle’ with our readers and customers.  It is such a fun bangle that just begs to be layered…the more, the better.  Just click Fun&FlirtyDatzKatz bangle to download the tutorial.

And make sure to check out all of Debra’s beautiful work and tutorials at her Etsy store, Craftsy store and Facebook page.

We especially love the Spiny Back Lizard Tail Bracelet.  She also has a great sale on in her Etsy store for March Break, so be sure to browse now:)
DatzKatz…we are sure to hear a lot more of her in the future!

(Originally published March 8, 2014)

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