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 series "Beads, 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 www.BeadsBaublesandJewels.com.

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 like the Bead & Button Show and the Create Your 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. Manufactured by Beadalon, each piece provides a channel-set effect for beads, flatbacks, fibers, polymer clay, resin, and more. They are available at KatieHacker.com 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 Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit organization that provides fair wages for artisans in developing countries by selling their goods in North America.

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 100-year-old 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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