Thursday, May 21, 2015

Little Bead Boxes by Julia S. Pretl

I am blown away by these stunning boxes by an artist based in Baltimore City Julia S. Pretl who has been beading since late 1980s. She hand-makes these boxes with thousands of tiny beads in varied shapes and sizes from the basement of her house. Each box is one-of-a-kind which features intricate designs such as owl, insects, birds, animals and patterns in array of colors. 

After 15 years of beading she realized that she could combine her passion with her training in graphic design and technical illustration to teach others. She now writes books, creates patterns and conducts occasional workshops. She has written four books in which she shares techniques and tips for the beginners as well as advanced beaders. The patterns of the boxes shown above and many more can be purchased from her website.