Hello Beaders and Friends of Beaders,
I’m Phyllis Flora, proud owner of pflora beads. I’ve been exploring, studying, and admiring craftwork since I was six years old. I’ve crocheted, knitted, tatted, weaved, sewed, quilted, woodworked, paper crafted, quilled, tole painted, polymer clayed, and enjoyed oh so many other wonderful crafts. But beading was different. What started as a hobby ten years ago grew into a passion and in 2010, I decided to leave the practice of law and follow that beading passion full-time.
I’m thrilled to share the news that the Fuller Craft Museum selected one of my bead embroidery cuffs for their 2014-2015 Biennial Members Exhibition.
Further in the exciting news department - I will be teaching three classes at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June 2015! I’m honored to be included in such an esteemed faculty and can’t wait to participate in the world’s largest retail bead and jewelry show.
My goal in starting pflora beads was to create a well-stocked store that offers inspiration and materials to designers from all walks of beading. More importantly, I wanted to create a space where beaders could escape from the relentless pressures of their “other” lives and simply enjoy a few quiet moments shopping, sharing, and creating.
If you come to the store on Thursday night or Saturday, you’ll probably have the good fortune to meet Scott Mason. Scott has also been designing jewelry for many years, specializing in chain maille and metal forming. He still has his day job as a paralegal, but enriches the store with his bountiful spirit and wealth of knowledge whenever he can.
And the final resident at pflora beads is Harry Dog Flora. He is my wonderful companion who was pulled from a ditch in Arkansas five years ago by Almost Home Rescue. Although he loves meeting people (and having treats bestowed upon him), any time someone visits who is allergic or uncomfortable around dogs, he’s perfectly happy to go back in the office and take a nap so they can enjoy the store.
So please come visit us and let us know if we’re meeting our goals. Bring your own work to show off, bring your design ideas, and bead happy!