Marlene Blessing has worked as an editorial director in western book publishing for two decades and was a contributing editor to SPA magazine and a senior features editor for The Seattle Weekly. Sewing, embroidery, quilting, clay sculpting, and calligraphy are a few of her favorite crafts???until, of course, she began beading. Marlene is the editorial director for Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step magazines. She lives in Longmont, Colorado.
Jamie Hogsett is a jewelry designer and feature editor in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is author of Stringing Style and coauthor of Create Jewelry: Pearls, Create Jewelry: Crystals, and Create Jewelry: Stones (all from Interweave).