Linda Landy

Linda Landy is known for her unique approach to bead embroidery - sculptural, three dimensional and textured. According to bead embroidery guru Sherry Serafini, “Linda marches to her own beat which is nothing short of fabulous. Her designs are all her own. In my observation classy with a touch of ‘off the wall’ craziness allowing her uniqueness to shine thru making her stand apart from the crowd!”

Her book, Textured Bead Embroidery, which debuted in October, 2014 offers a new perspective on bead embroidery. Linda explains how to use drops, daggers, hexes, triangles, Czech glass and more in uncommon orientations to create works that are sculptural, three dimensional and very textured. Step-by-step instructions are provided for 12 unique earrings, pendants, brooches, bracelets and neckpieces. There’s also a bonus CD with six patterns from the book.

Radiator Road

Linda has been teaching bead weaving since 2001 and has earned a reputation for clear, concise instructions; tremendous patience and a superb sense of color. She offers classes in South Florida both privately and under the auspices of the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild. She also teaches at the Bead&Button Show, Bead Fest and in bead stores.


won first prize in the finished jewelry division of Bead Dreams 2012

with a bead embroidered collar entitled Tilt!. She was a 2010 Bead

Dreams Finalist and is a 2014-15 Starman Trendsetter. Linda is a

contributor to Bead&Button Magazine and Beadwork Magazine and has

projects in The Big Book of Patterns and Creative Beading, Volume 7. Her

beaded box, “Under the Really Big Top” is showcased in the Miyuki

Gallery in Hiroshima, Japan.

Pemaquid Sunset
Linda's Bead Story:

It started in 1972 when as lonely college freshman far away from home she wandered into a shop named The Bead Shaman. A Shaman is a witch doctor and there is no doubt she cast her spell. Beautiful little beads in every shape and color call out, and Linda was immediately captivated. Fast forward and the lonely new wife of a medical student who studies 26 hours a day fills her spare time creating and selling southwest Indian style jewelry in a relative’s pharmacy.

Marriage, a marketing career, two wonderful children and family responsibilities intervene for decades. It is now fall 2000 and circumstances find her in a panic, suddenly with absolutely nothing to do. Linda opens her mailbox to find a catalog offering a new class in jewelry making. It was no coincidence. Beads once again come to her rescue. Her Shaman was watching over her.

My Captain

INSPIRATION I can't tell you how many times I was asked what inspired me to do one of my creations. I usually laugh. While I always strive to create something that is a little whimsical and a lot outside the box, every project has a different inspiration. Most were inspired by cabochons or beads that “spoke to me.” I know it sounds a little unusual, but I often pick up a bead or component and immediately know what I want to do with it. I don’t know where the ideas come from. I just follow their lead.

Splendor In The Grass

One of the projects in the book named Unleashed was originally created after I received a cabochon with an unusual drusy void as a gift from Laura McCabe. As soon as I opened the box, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. It took some time, research and trial and error, but the result was exactly what I imagined.


Saw this image in an American Way inflight magazine article about the pinball museum in Seattle. I usually do my best work on airplanes.

Photo by Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Inc./ Corbis
Started sketching immediately... image004

Here is the result:

Spent a few hours in my eye doctor's office. I was sitting there for a very long time waiting for the doctor and looking at that machine they use to determine your prescription. Looked at this thing (whatever it is called) long enough and out came my sketchbook. I'm thinking spinning dials. image007
A bracelet called Take a Spin was created. This one took even more research and trial and error, but I love to play with the spinner on the bracelet.
Take a Spin
To see more of Linda's work please visit her website
You can also subscribe to Linda's blog directly from this link: Textured Bead Blog


March 21-22 “The Other Side of the Moon” Beads Etc 110 N Orlando Avenue #5 Maitland, FL 32750
April 17-19 “Textured Bead Embroidery Workshop” “Iconic Bead Embroidered Earrings” “Unleashed” Beads FX 19 Waterman Avenue #2 Toronto, ON M4B 1Y2, Canada (416) 751-1911, ext. 223
April 25-26 “Textured Bead Embroidery Workshop” Centre Street Arts Gallery 11 Centre Street Bath, ME 04530 (207) 442-0300
June 3-6 “The Other Side of the Moon” “The Right Spot” “Tiny Dancer” “Take a Spin” Bead&Button Show Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 17-19 Burke Gems and Beads 9415 A Old Burke Lake Road Burke, VA 22015


Beading Publications: Textured Bead Embroidery, Kalmbach Books, October 2014 Heads or Tails? Bracelet Bead&Button Magazine February 2011 Creative Beading Volume 7, Kalmbach Books August 2012 Are You Kidding Me? The Challenge, Beadwork Magazine, February/March 2012 Frank Lloyd Right-Angle Bracelet Bead&Button Online Featured Pattern May 2010 Bead&Button Big Book of Patterns January 2011 Beaded Dreidel: peyote stitch Bead&Button Online Free Project November 2009 Commissions: Under the Really Big Top - Miyuki Bead Work Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
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