A Lifetime of Designing and Creating Beautiful Things...
I became a “crafter” at an early age when my mother and grandmother taught me how to sew on an old Singer treadle sewing machine. Another family member then taught me to crochet ruffle doilies without a pattern. In high school art class I enjoyed free hand painting, both in oil and watercolor and continued to develop my sewing skills in Home Economics class. After getting married and starting a family, I utilized my sewing skills by making clothes for my daughters, my husband, and myself, as well as teaching myself how to knit.
At one point I had the opportunity to purchase a needlework shop, where I taught knitting, crochet, needlepoint, and cross stitch. I had a very talented person working in the shop on weekdays while I held down an office position working as an Administrative Assistant to a Vice President of a manufacturing company. I taught the classes in the evening and helped my customers with their projects. Several years later I sold the needlework business and relocated from Ohio to Massachusetts with my two daughters in 1978.
In Massachusetts, I pursued a career in Facilities Management for over 25 years, then changed careers and took a position as an advertising sales account executive for a newspaper company until retiring in December 2009.
In addition to crafting, sewing, knitting, and needlework, I developed an interest in jewelry making and design. All through my working years I began "collecting" beads for that day when I would get around to trying my hand at making jewelry. After retiring, my goal was to pursue this interest, and I began taking a variety of classes to develop my jewelry-making and silversmithing skills. My work now includes beading, lampwork beads, chain maille, wire wrapping, wire weaving, resin, fusing, and working with various precious metals. Many of my pieces are one of a kind, and I continue to train to further develop my art in a variety of techniques.
Other interests include stained glass, graphic design, web site design, and gardening, and I work as a tax professional for H&R Block during tax season.
Some of my work is now represented in galleries, as well as local retail boutiques, and I am now living my dream.
Nann Weissenberger, Designer
A lover of fashion and all things beautiful