BCP 18 | Chic Beading with Amy Katz

amy_katzAmy Katz has been part of the world of seed beads since 1993 as a student, teacher and designer. All her life she has had a love of quality jewelry. Several years ago when she began designing her own pieces from scratch, Amy made the decision to make the fine jewelry look her own using seed beads and crystals. Using imagination and top-notch materials, this high-end style has come to life as her signature style. Amy is currently teaching both locally in northern Virginia and nationally. Her work has been featured in the books Beading Across America, and Beading All-Stars.

In my interview with Amy, we discuss how she developed her fine jewelry style of beading, her retreat that combines mining with beading classes, and all about her new book titled, Seed Bead Chic: 25 elegant projects inspired by fine jewelry. I hope you enjoy the interview.

Heart's Desire designed by Amy Katz

Heart's Desire designed by Amy Katz

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Want to win an autographed copy of Seed Bead Chic? Imagine that a limousine in pulling up to the curb to chauffeur you and some friends to an Art Gala. Picture yourself wearing the perfect, made for you designer dress! With that in mind go to Amy’s website beadjourney.com and choose the perfect piece of jewelry among Amy’s workshops and kits that would go with your look. Then, leave a comment on this post describing your dress and the name of the piece you chose.
I think this is a really fun exercise and Amy and I are excited to read your comments. Be sure to enter your email address, and I will choose a winner next week.

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  • avatar Debra Schwartz November 6, 2014, 4:29 pm

    I am a basic black kinda gal. My designer dress would be a gorgeous black loose form fit dress with lace sleeves and a portrait neckline. Lovely silver-gray shimmer shoes. Amy’s beautiful ‘Party girl’ necklace would be my jewelry. ~ Debra

  • avatar Nancy Gound November 6, 2014, 4:45 pm

    You did use the words imagine. I love that!!I. I don’t have to wonder if that dress I have always dreamed of wearing will look ridiculous on me or not. I don’t have to be subject to the snooty saleswoman say “perhaps you would find something more appropriate in our woman’s department.” This is my imagination and I imaginage my body young and extremely fit and beautiful. OH YES, I like this already.
    Since we are going into the Christmas season, the dress is a shockingly bright shade of red with an even more shocking V neckline that goes all the way to the waist. I don’t know what that kind of neckline ( or lack thereof) is called-I’ve never needed to know that information before. Back to our dress, without even the hint of a roll the dress slinks down down down the ever so slender skirt revealing a deep slit on the right side going up almost as far as the neckline goes down. We are still in imagination mode here. The only jewelry necessary are a “Ooh La bracelet and the beautiful “Party Girls Necklace in a rich gold”. As I slip out of the limo all eyes turn to me and the news people run up and ask who are you wearing. I simply say Katz of course.

  • avatar Mary Kearney November 6, 2014, 5:42 pm

    My dress would be a white silk strapless gown with a wide embroidered cuff across the chest. My jewelry would be Athena’s Muse.

  • avatar Christine Lau November 6, 2014, 6:39 pm

    I would pair the ‘Party Girl’ necklace with a cobalt blue, form- fitting silk wrap dress.

  • avatar Paige Kuechler November 6, 2014, 11:05 pm

    I think that wearing an long gown with rhinestone stones and a fresh pedi would be the start. I then would sash shay to the next event with people going ooh and ahh over my jewelry. I do have a long navy gown that was never worn. Still in the plastic bag along with the dazzling shoes.

  • avatar Peggy November 7, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Love the imaginings! Mine would be a deep green with high neckline – to show off Athena’s Muse, of course – and full length, very full swirly skirt. One must totally sweep the floor while doing an elegant waltz!
    OTOH, I could go Steampunk and jazz it up with the Wonder Wheel…

  • avatar carol geraghty November 12, 2014, 9:40 am


  • avatar Carolyn Howell November 12, 2014, 9:46 am

    I would wear a long black skirt with a red top and Amy’s “Party Girl Necklace”. This would be great for a Holiday party.

  • avatar Judy White November 12, 2014, 9:46 am

    OK. Simple black dress with a deep V adorned with “The Queen’s Tear”. What a gorgeous necklace. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

  • avatar Debbie November 12, 2014, 10:01 am

    I refuse to wear dresses, so my choice would be an elegant cocktail pantsuit, either black or dark blue, with Davida’s Dream in Montana blue.

  • avatar wendy chercass November 12, 2014, 10:01 am

    I would pick heart’s desire. I love love love all the beautiful charms and pearls and the actual bracelet with the connectors is fantastic. I would pair it with a white, backless, body hugging, floor length gown. this is assuming I was miraculously transformed into Kate Moss….

  • avatar Becky Carr November 12, 2014, 10:04 am

    I would wear a long teal blue gown with Athena’s Muse as my chosen piece of jewelry. I would have a beaded bag as an accessory. Since I don’t wear heels, I would wear a matching pair of teal tennis shoes with Swarovski crystals.

  • avatar Julie Vasquez November 12, 2014, 10:09 am

    Because most of my wardrobe is either black (or purple) the “Party Girl Necklace” is just perfect. I love longer necklaces (cuz I’m a fluffy sort of chick) and all the people attending the Art Gala will be focused on Amy’s Beautiful design and not my fluff…. Thanks for letting me know about Amy’s website. I’m still new to Amy’s designs….(although I might have a kit or two from B&B). This was fun!

  • avatar Cindy Elener November 12, 2014, 10:21 am

    Well for me it would be a royal purple floor length gown, with a high collar in the back and a deep v in the front. I would accent it with the beautiful “Athena’s Muse”.

  • avatar Erin Kenny November 12, 2014, 10:28 am

    Ooooh – a party dress! I would wear a bright red short sleeved dress (with a full skirt that goes to mid calf) and pair it with “Ooh La Links”. I guess I’d need a nice pair of matching red flats to go with it, too (don’t wear heels).

  • avatar Barbara Bellatti November 12, 2014, 10:29 am

    I would have deep burgundy velvet gown wearing ‘Catch the Wave’ necklace, ‘Moonlight Seranade’ earrings, and ‘Tennis with a Twist’ bracelet. All in gold tones.

  • avatar Karen November 12, 2014, 10:31 am

    I would wear Victorian Serenade with a black gown… the skirt would be made of chiffon and would be super-swirly, like a dancer’s dress… tiny little rhinestones would be in it for some sparkle. The bodice would be silk and w/o sleeves… and simple to show off the gorgeous necklace! And after the party… (where I meet a hottie, of course) the necklace will be ALL that I’m wearing… LOL… this is fun!

  • avatar Beverly Love November 12, 2014, 10:42 am

    Party girl would be perfect with a classic black cocktail dress. What a dream

  • avatar Jo Ann Patterson-Lavely November 12, 2014, 10:47 am

    I’d like to make a grand entrance in a floor length red satin gown with a cross over bodice and full skirt “a la Pretty Woman”. This dress calls for the beautiful Queen’s Tear necklace by Amy Katz.

  • avatar Patty November 12, 2014, 10:54 am

    I would wear it with a lovely red dress…..

  • avatar Patty November 12, 2014, 10:56 am

    My Hearts Desire, absolutely gorgeous, with a lovely red dress, simple but smart looking!

  • avatar Kim November 12, 2014, 11:29 am

    I like simple things and gravitate to earth colors. Cordially yours with a golden shimmery dress would be my choice!

  • avatar Debra J Webb November 12, 2014, 11:46 am

    I admire and enjoy many eras and genres of art and fashion and use a variety these and mixed medias to create my own eclectic unique styles and compositions in art and fashions. I would choose a rich lavender blue silk satin with lace trim 1930s glamour style design with gathered draped ruches neckline and a slim flared flowing skirted bias cut gown with matching light wrap. The jewelry kits I would choose from the Collection would be the Victorian Seranade, Wonder Wheel, Athena’s Muse and Davidas Dream! Great gift giveaway opportunity!
    Creative inspirations & Blessings! 😉 <3

  • avatar Sandy A November 12, 2014, 12:33 pm

    My gown would be a soft black speghetti strap form-fitted dress with heels. The silver/grey beads is a wonderful contrast to the dress with white pearls to complete the look!

  • avatar Bonnie November 12, 2014, 12:48 pm

    My gown would be an Emerald Green floor length, slender of course. Low in the back and a neckline worthy of the Athena’s Muse necklace. My heels would be clear with crystals embossed across the toe and heel of my shoe’s. Oh my this is so gorgeous I wish it were true.

  • avatar Karin Stevenson November 12, 2014, 1:24 pm

    I would wear an elegant amethyst dress with a gold shawl and gold shoes. The jewelry I would wear would be the Victorian Serenade Necklace and Tennis with a Twist Bracelet.

  • avatar Sharon Wagner November 12, 2014, 2:02 pm

    I would have a scoop neck fit and flare purple dress and I would wear a “Party Girl” necklace, my Amy Katz circle dagger earrings (don’t know the name), and a “Heart’s Desire” necklace.

  • avatar Lori November 12, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Hi Mandi and Amy! For the event, I would have commissioned for me a “not -a-dress”; a beautiful, full length jumpsuit made from a slinky-soft polyester knit in the wonderful vibrant blue that is popular right now. It has a wrap bodice with a V-neck of course (flattering to my round face!), and 3/4 length sleeves. The waistline is comfortably elasticized and wrapped with a beautiful royal and turquoise printed scarf. The legs are palazzo style, for swish. The only jewelry to wear, is, of course, the ” O My” necklace! The turquoise pendant is an exact match for the turquoise in the scarf, and nestles right in my cleavage. Silver sandals complete the look.
    Love the look of that book! Sure hope I win! :-)

  • avatar Kristen November 12, 2014, 3:15 pm

    I’d wear a LBD with Amy’s Boutique Bracelet and a simple pearl necklace. I’d like the bracelet to stand out! Thanks for this opportunity to win. I love Amy’s work.

  • avatar Romana Tschunko November 12, 2014, 11:36 pm

    The Queen’s Tear with a little black….. to feel like a queen

  • avatar Christina Miller November 13, 2014, 2:07 pm

    I’m wearing Tadashi Shoji’s embellished metallic lace sheath dress in Smoked Pearl to match with Davida’s Dream bracelet. The seed beads are a perfect complement to the color of the dress, and the pop of color provided by the rivolis will make this an elegant statement piece that pulls the whole look together.

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