Creative Beading
Unique Beadwoven Jewelry
by Sally Chaffee
Amherst, Massachusetts

My Story....          





         A beading hobby begun a few decades ago turned into a passion for seed beading when I found the lure of seed beads, tiny round and cylindrical glass beads in a myriad of colors, luster and finishes, irresistible. I became a seed bead weaver, weaving designs to create jewelry in colorful patterns, smooth and textured. I work off-loom using seed beads and embellishment beads to incorporate texture, color and shape, creating unique, wearable art.
          I graduated from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts with a liberal arts degree and then I spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching English in a small town in Iran. As I bead, I often recall the feast of jewels, stone pottery and textiles in exotic Persian bazaars and the muted colors, yet vibrant contrasts, of the Iranian landscape. 
          After retiring in 2001 as a computer systems analyst, I expanded my beading hobby to include teaching at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and the Art School at Old Church in New Jersey. My husband and I moved to Amherst in 2005 and I now teach in western Massachusetts. Teaching and sharing with my students is a great joy. I want to thank my teachers through the Bead Society of Greater New York, especially Carole Horn, Marsha Davis and Stephanie Wilner.
          I have exhibited with the Bead Society of Greater New York in Manhattan at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the American Crafts Museum and in Tokyo, Japan at Takeshimaya Department Store, with the Crafts Students League at the Manhattan YWCA and in Amherst in a members’ juried exhibit at the Fiber Art Center. I am also a member of the Shelburne Arts Cooperative in Shelburne Falls, MA.

Greenfield Recorder Article
February 19, 2012



Contact: Sally Chaffee