I have been involved in various crafts most of my life. My grandmother taught me how to knit and decoupage. I learned how to sew in school and started cross stitching as a young mother. In 2006, my mother-in-law was looking for something that she could do to earn money at home after surgery and we discovered making beaded jewelry. I was hooked from the first piece I made. I took a wire wrapping class at a local bead shop and then started buying magazines and books to expand my knowledge. After three years of playing with beads and wire, I made some pieces for my co-workers for Christmas and several people told me that I should start selling my jewelry, so I started Designs by Pat Dudley.