Welcome to my website!
My name is Sam Wescott and I am beading instructor and designer from Cincinnati, Ohio. I recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Literary and Cultural theory – which mostly means that I am good at reading books and then talking about them in a way that sounds more intelligent than it really is.
I have a marvelous husband named Ethan and a rather haughty calico named Bridget. We all live in half of an old house in Cincinnati, complete with a bead room for me and a music room for him. Bridget pretty much owns the rest of the house.
I started beading when I has 13 years old and bored out of my mind during a family vacation to the beach that involved 4 straight days of cold rain and gray skies. I bought a little beading kit from the toy section at the local supermarket and was hooked. I moved from macrame friendship bracelets to stringing beads, and onto self-taught bead weaving and eventually even some bead embroidery and kumihimo braiding.
I started working at Beads Direct USA in 2010, which was a wonderful little bead shop in Mason, OH. I started out doing basic retail and inventory stuff, but eventually began teaching classes and creating beading designs of my own. It was shortly after the SuperDuo’s came into fashion that I created my first successful original design that people seemed to really like – the SuperDuo Rosette Bracelet.
Soon afterwards, in July of 2013, the bead store, unfortunately, had to close its doors. The owner was kind enough to keep me on, however, and I now work for the same company which sells its own supplies online here or through Amazon here. Now instead of customer service and floor sales, I get to work as a shipping manager and inventory organizer (I absolutely love it). I still get to work in the beading industry and the convenient office hours mean that I have time in the evenings and weekends to continue developing my own patterns and teaching them at various bead shops on the weekends. It’s a perfect fit for me!
My hope for this blog is that it will give the chance to share my beading adventures with the greater online bead community as well as give me a place to archive my work and consolidate my presence on various types of social media (facebook, and pinterest, and etsy, oh my!). So be sure to check out my Links page for both links to my work and recommendations for bead shopping! I am really excited to hear from everybody so be sure to make use of the comment boxes below each post and page. I would love to hear from you.