Etsy Shop: CCBeadwork
Please introduce yourself to the readers: My name is Cindy Hulsey. I was born August 30, 1957. I am a teacher and constant student of seed bead work. I love the earth, my only home. I have 2 adult sons and been married to their father and my buddy, Dewey since 1975.
How long have you been beading? I have playing with seed beads since 1969. I have been selling my work since 1985 and teaching everything seed beady since 1994.
When did you first try bead embroidery as a technique? In 1970-ish I started embroidering on the pant legs and shirts of fellow Junior High students. I quickly added beads to the mix. I started making bead applique’/embroidered barrettes in the 1980’s.
Why do you like bead embroidery? I don’t like bead embroidery. I LOVE it! What I find attractive is the line of the technique. I love that you can take that line anywhere and the line can actually be the focus.
What are your inspirations and influences? My inspiration is the beads themselves. I love the feel, the color, the finish and the possibilities. I am influenced by everyone who creates with seed beads. I love to see what others do and am amazed at what they do.
What are your favorite materials? Seed beads, Pliver leather (Tandy no longer makes this leather but it was perfect for my applique’ work.) I now use ultra-suede and woven interfacing. I mainly use Nymo thread and Thread Heaven conditioner.
What defines your style? People assume because I work with seed beads that I do and know about Indian style beadwork and culture. I don’t. I do what I call “Cindy style” beadwork. It is whatever strikes me to create.
What are your future goals with beading? I would like to teach more, through tutorials and maybe videos. I would like to get a book published.