Katie Hacker is an artist and
writer who started designing her own jewelry as a teenager when she
couldn’t find fashionable clip earrings for her un-pierced ears. She
turned her pastime into a business and now makes a living doing what she
loves best – making jewelry and sharing her ideas.
Katie is the host of the public television
Baubles & Jewels", the top TV source for jewelry-making
education and inspiration nationwide. Viewers connect with Katie's
approachable style and "you can do it!" attitude. Find Beads, Baubles &
Jewels local viewing times or purchase series DVDs at
A prolific author, Katie's books have sold
more than half-a-million copies and cover a variety of techniques from
simple stringing to wire wrapping. Her titles include Live Wire Jewelry
(Northlight 2011) and Katie's Beading Secrets (Hot Off The Press 2009).
Katie is a columnist for
Beadwork and she contributes how-to projects and articles to a
variety of magazines including Make Jewellery (UK).
Katie is passionate about demystifying
jewelry making and specializes in teaching people how to make projects
that are fashionable and fun. “I love helping people find their source
of creativity through beads,” she says. Her workshops at national venues
Bead & Button Show and the
Style in Tucson with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Event feature techniques for
creating boutique-style jewelry.
Katiedids™ Creative Components is a line
of jewelry-making findings that Katie designed to give beaders the power
to completely customize their designs - right down to the beads.
Beadalon, each piece provides a channel-set effect for beads,
flatbacks, fibers, polymer clay, resin, and more. They are available at
and other retailers. Katie also designs jewelry-making kits for
Katie's Jewelry Personal Shopper, a subscription club that delivers
a beading kit per month to club member's doors.
Katie discovered her creativity at an
early age. She grew up in a unique, crafty environment working for her
parents’ miniatures and dollhouse distributorship, Dee’s Delights, Inc.,
where she spent her summers making dollhouse samples and working on the
company’s communications materials. After graduating from college she
worked as an editor, and eventually in-house designer, for
Hot Off The Press,
an instructional craft book publisher and scrapbooking paper
manufacturer in Oregon. She also worked for several years at
Thousand Villages, a nonprofit organization that provides fair wages
for artisans in developing countries by selling their goods in North
In 2001, Katie and her husband, Craig
Brown, moved back to their home state of Indiana to turn their hobbies
into businesses. Craig raises organic vegetables and meat on their
Brown Family Farm and sells them at area farmers markets. They live
in the country with their sweet children, enthusiastic dog, opinionated
cat and an assortment of farm critters.
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