I’m a TV Star!


Channel 69 Reporter Melanie Falcon shows off the horse hair bracelet she made with me on live TV this week.

As a journalism major, I dabbled in all areas of media to see what worked for me. One semester of Havenscope, our university TV show, made me realize broadcast journalism wasn’t for me. This week, I finally got to put to work those few skills I learned from Havenscope when I appeared on Channel 69’s Sunrise news show talking about my horse hair jewelry. I had a great time with reporter Melanie Falcon, as we did three live segments in which we demonstrate the steps to creating a singular piece of jewelry.

If you didn’t get to see the program you can check it out here.

Melanie was a whiz creating jewelry on the fly and she headed out of our TV segment with a horse hair bracelet with beads. I’m teaching that class this weekend, February 4, at the Museum of Indian Culture. Melanie and I had a fun time working together and the live TV aspect wasn’t as stressful as I imagined it would be.

Response due to the television exposure was so great that I scheduled a second horse hair jewelry class for tomorrow afternoon. The power of television is immense! I can’t believe how many folks saw the segments.

Hanging out at the Museum of Indian Culture with Melanie Falcon between TV segments. The war shirt in the background has horse hair locks hanging off the sleeves.

We’ll likely run the class again in April, so if you didn’t get to make it this time, you’ll have another chance. Email me to put you on the waiting list and I’ll let you know when the next class will run.

My kids got a kick out of watching me on TV. When I got home my son wanted to know if I was going to do this job every week. Sorry, buddy, my TV career isn’t happening anytime soon. I’m happy with my 15 minutes and leaving the rest to Melanie.

Quillwork Class

A feather quilled on a leather pouch using the stitches taught in the Porcupine Quillwork Part 2 Class.

Make your New Year’s resolution to try something new!

I’ll be teaching Porcupine Quillwork classes this coming weekend, January 8, 2011, at the Museum of Indian Culture starting at 10 a.m.

The classes give you the chance to sample this ancient Native American art that entails embroidering porcupine quills onto leather or wrapping them around rawhide. The class includes all the supplies you need to get started on your own quillwork projects.

Download the flier to sign up.

Tassel Mania

30 horse lovers + beads + cones = lots of horse hair tassels.

Tuesday night I introduced the Timbertalk Trotters to the art of horse hair tassels. This Montgomery County 4-H horse club has members from 8 to 19 years old and all of them had a blast making tassles. Even the moms joined in.

Some people brought their own horse hair and a few donated mane hair, which makes soft, fluffy tassels. I set them loose on a box of beads and the kids turned ordinary tassels into one-of-a-kind pieces of personal art.

Three of the members of this 4-H group are proud owners of Red-Tail Designs Horse Hair Jewelry. One just received her horse hair bracelet with name plate in June as a high school graduation gift from her mom.

My budding horse lover came along to help me teach and to get a glimpse of 4-H. She begged me the whole way home to join. I see 4-H meetings in my future.

If your 4-H club, Girl Scout troop, Boy Scout troop or other group would like to learn horse hair tassel making, contact me.

Even the moms were in on the action of making tassels.

Barn Party

Sue made a gorgreous double strand, adjustable horse hair bracelet.

Hi ho Silver. Large silver beads set off this adjustable, two strand bracelet.

My first ever Barn Beadin’ Party early this week yielded a lot of laughs and even a few Christmas gifts for equestrians in the Lehigh Valley. I met up with the horse folk from Durham Creek Farm at My Father’s Beads, where I taught them how to turn their horses’ tails into jewelry. We had a blast.

These horse hair tassels are pretty enough to put on a Christmas Tree.

These horse hair tassels are pretty enough to put on a Christmas Tree.

Some took to the bracelet-making and aced the four-strand braid. Others found their groove making tassles with their horses’ tails. I love these classes at My Father’s Beads. Imaginations run wild in the bead store, and everyone comes up with a completely different project utilizing the same basic ingredients.

Trish, a beader and equestrian, whipped up this bracelet in no time.

Trish, a beader and equestrian, whipped up this bracelet in no time.

If your barn in interested in having a barn party at your barn or at a local bead store, contact me and we’ll set something up.

Opie as Art


This is Wenda, modeling horse hair earrings. She made them on Sunday at Out of Our Hands during the Horse Hair Earring Class.


Wenda brought some of her beloved Opie’s tail to class. She cleaned the hair ahead of time and was ready for braiding as soon as she walked in the door.


We had a great time at the class, braiding and gluing, chatting and creating. Wenda walked away with a momento of her favorite horse and can tell everyone, “I made these myself!”

HH7-13Class5If you’re interested in attending upcoming classes Horse Hair Earrings or Horse Hair Bracelets, contact me or Out of Our Hands. We’re putting together dates for these two classes now. All supplies are included, but you can bring your own horse hair if you choose.

Not everyone is so crafty or has the time, so I create horse hair earrings and bracelets for others, as well. Head over to the Horse Hair Jewelry page to find out more.