Meet the Staff of Beading Daily

Beading Daily brings together beaders, designers, and the jewelry patterns they love. Our editors pride themselves in providing our members with the best information about their favorite beading patterns, technique tutorials, videos, product reviews, and just plain fun. The editors on Beading Daily are all beaders and jewelry makers and they share your love of everything beading!

If you select a highlighted name from the following list, you’ll call up a brief biography of that staff member.


Jean Cox – About

Jean Cox Jean Cox designs, teaches, and writes about beadwork. She is the founding editor of Beadwork magazine and has written and edited more than 45 books, most recently including Steampunk Style Jewelry and the upcoming Creating Glamorous Jewelry with Swarovski Crystals. Jean writes a popular weekly blog on and is a Crystallized Elements…


Jennifer VanBenschoten – About

Jennifer VanBenschoten Jennifer VanBenschoten lives in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York with her husband and son. A frequent contributor to Beadwork magazine and a longtime member of the Beading Daily community, she is thrilled to take on the role of Online Editor! Jennifer eats, sleeps and breathes beads. In addition to being a…


Denise Peck – About

Denise Peck Denise Peck is the editor of Step by Step Wire Jewelry and senior editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. A lifelong lover of jewelry, Denise left an 18-year newspaper career in Boston to go to jewelry school in New York City in 1999. She has a bench jeweler’s certificate from Studio Jewelers, Ltd.,…


Debbie Blair – About

Debbie Blair Debbie Blair is the managing editor of Beadwork and Stringing magazines. She finds her background as a graphic designer–coupled with the fact that she’s a lifelong crafter–to be tremendously valuable in her current position with Interweave. She enjoys teaching the basics of stringing and wire work at a local craft store, but dreams…


Melinda Barta – About

Melinda Barta Melinda Barta is editor of Beadwork magazine, associate editor of Stringing magazine, and author of three books, including Hip to Stitch and best-selling Custom Cool Jewelry. Her third book, Mixed Metals: Creating Contemporary Jewelry with Silver, Gold, Copper, Brass & More, is coauthored with Danielle Fox. Melinda’s department, Custom Cool, appears in each…