Tina Feather Souilliard began a passion for beading at 12 years old as a Camp Fire Girl in Alburtis Pa. Her first beading project was a seed beaded headband made on a metal loom.
On the east coast, Hobby Land and Tandy Leather were a couple of the only sources for beads. She moved to Montana at 17 and was introduced to bead shops. It was there, in Montana, where the dream to be a bead store owner began. Tina made jewelry out of elk horn, turquoise, coral, and anything she could find of the earth. Liquid silver was popular, as were macramé cords and waxed linen for macramé jewelry. Being self taught from books, she took an interest in embroidery and wool weaving on loom. She returned east and made very large double and triple macramé plant hangers, large hanging glass tables with lighting units in them, baby swings, shelves, and wall hangings out of macramé.
In the 90’s she was involved in making Renaissance gowns and bead embellishments. She designed custom bridal jewelry and custom bridal headpieces (Crowns), and dabbled in making her own clay beads. A mother of two, full time work, and part time college Tina contiued to ad new skills to the trade.
In 2000 she began preparing the way to have the bead shop dream while finishing a Bachelors Degree at Penn State, and working as an Operations Manager for Rodale Inc. The first store started in her dining room, where beads hung from wall to wall. In the center of the room there was one long table to work at. In May of 2006 she graduated from Penn State, and opened her first store front in Kutztown Pa. then quitting her corporate job.
Tina is a mixed media Artist, has developed many skills and teaches a large variety of techniques, such as; seed beading and weaving, loom work, macramé, wire work, basic beading , fine silver fusing, resin, crystal clay, wire wrapping as well as she is certified in precious metal clay. She continues here own education bringing new products and ideas into her store. She offers continued support to anyone who takes a class at Beads Of A Feather.