Wearable Art with Seed Beads

Preciosa Mask 2020

My next mask is currently in progress and features some gorgeous Preciosa crystals custom-coated by EH Ashley Co. Inc. Follow the progress of this sparkly creation on my Facebook and Instagram pages!

Dream of Flight

Dream of Flight, my most recent beaded mask, just won first place in Swarovski’s 2020 Create Your Style craft contest. 


This elaborate, hand-sew beaded headdress took me an intense, marathon-style five days to stitch from start to finish, making the deadline for submission to the contest with only twenty minutes to spare. 


Many of the Swarovski Spring/Summer 2021 launch articles appear in various fashions in the bead embroidery and hanging crystal fringe of this headdress.

Those new articles include dome round stones, dreamy iridescent blue and pink pearls, classic cut pendants in amethyst shimmer and aquamarine shimmer, cyclamen opal shimmer and pacific opal shimmer bicones and round beads, and the new rice pearls in dreamy iridescent pink.


If you want to try any of these new articles, you can find sample bags of them now in my shop!

photograph of Dream of Flight beaded mask by Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Bead With Me!

The next #BeadWithMe is December 16th from 1-3pm EST via YouTube Live. The project is Luna Moth Necklace, a combination of bead weaving and bead embroidery. We’ll bead together, we can chat, and you can ask me questions. If you don’t want to work on the project but want to just hang out and be social, please stop in!

View Gallery of Work
Shop Kits and Patterns
Find a Workshop

Recent Articles

Want to receive email updates?

Subscribe to my newsletter!
E-mail address:

Melissa has the best beading kits out there! The directions are so easy to follow the kits are very organized, with individually bagged and labeled beads.

-Donna L., Texas

MGS Channel On YouTube