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Spotlight on Melody........Just Bead It Designer

by Donna Baxter | June 25, 2017
Spotlight on Melody........Just Bead It Designer

Today we're shining the spotlight on the lovely Melody Gillespie.  Since joining the Just Bead It team, Melody's contribution has been nothing short of outstanding. We just love the stunning jewellery designs created from our beautiful beads.  Join me as I drill a little deeper to find out who this remarkable talented beader is and what it really takes to be a good beader.  

How would you describe your style?   

I would say I have an eclectic style... bits and pieces from everywhere

How long have you been beading/making jewellery?   

Since I was very young – maybe 8/9 years old.

How did you get into beading?  

I grew up without Television & had a very creative Mum & Grandmothers.

What are the main sources of your inspiration  (when making a particular piece of jewellery)?   

I generally start with a colour in mind or a particular outfit or event and then look at the beads I have and design as I go.

What types of beads do you like to work with and why?   

I prefer glass / crystal / gemstone / silver beads as they look nicer and last forever!

Share a pic of one of your most favourite pieces of work 

Name a crafting tool/product you can’t live without.   

Good Scissors

Share a tip or technique that you swear by.   

Designing as you go – not being afraid to pull things apart and start again or change your design

What is your favourite piece of jewellery you like  to make    

I love extra long necklaces but have a bit of a thing for earrings at the moment!

What does it take to be a good Beader  


What’s the best thing about being part of a design team?   

I love all of the amazing beads that I get to try out and I think it really encourages me to be a      better beader as it pushes me to try new things all the time!

What are the best three words that describe who you are?   

Impatient, Happy, Busy

Your favourite movie?  

 The Intouchables (at the moment)

What is your favourite colour?   


What are your five top passions in life?   

 Family & Friends


 Making Things


 Swimming Outdoors

What two things do you plan to (or already have) ticked off your bucket list in 2017?   

Starting to run again & attending a mindfulness retreat

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?  

At 5 or 6 I really wanted to be a Witch but my best friends (you know who you are) advised it would not be possible because I was afraid of spiders & bugs so I settled on being a Gypsy instead.

What is your favourite quote or saying?   

Every stick has two different ends

Best piece of advice you could give to someone.   

Be yourself

If you could be any species in the world, what would you be and why?   

A Butterfly - they hold a special significance to our family

Where is your ideal destination and why?    

A place I have never been to that offers a little adventure, markets, a beautiful natural environment & swimming! They are my favourite things to do/see/photograph when we travel!

What motivates you in life?   

Love & Adventure.

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