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Bead Embroidered Necklaces start as a blank palette and become individual works of art with each bead that is hand-stitched on!

This purple necklace started as just that, a blank canvas.  The client, Meg, gave me free reign to do whatever my artisan heart desired.  That’s music to an artisan’s ears because often our creativity has a mind of it’s own.  In discussing what Meg wanted, she didn’t have any particulars.  She wasn’t even particular on colors as she wears all colors.

While drawing and designing Meg’s necklace, I was also participating in a design color challenge.  The challenge premise was that if you picked one crayon out of your color box, you can press hard or light to change the shade of the color, but the finished product was to be monochromatic in one single color.  Because it speaks to me, I choose purple.  Meg also said she wore purple so I created a unique bead embroidered necklace that featured the color purple!

This necklace was made in two separate components.  The top component features a purple crazy agate gemstone.  Using several bead embroidery techniques, I hand-stitched a seed bead bezel and embellished with several czech glass beads.  The lower component featured a flat, black goldstone.  Gold stone isn’t really gold.  “Black” is actually a deep purple color with reflective flecks throughout which resemble glitter.  I also used a genuine Amethyst bead to create a graceful curve to the bottom portion of the focal.  Amethyst is a beautiful purple variety of the quartz.  It is also the birthstone of February.  When married with complimenting seed beads I combined the two components to create a light-weight bead embroidered necklace.

Bead embroidery is the art of stitching beads to a base to create a unique design.   By using bead embroidery techniques you can turn nearly any found object into a one-of-a-kind design.  From sea shells and stones to gemstones or glass pieces, nearly anything can be embroidered around to create a stunning work of art.

Having a one of a kind piece of jewelry like this bead embroidered necklace is like starting your personal treasure chest.  Each piece I make is truly original and of the highest quality beads and gemstones.  I pay particular attention to detail to how each piece is finished.  The stitching is uniform and professional.  With bead embroidered jewelry, you should care for it the same way you care for your fine jewelry.  The result is a piece of heirloom jewelry you can pass along to the next generation in your family.

“Well you certainly out did yourself Dawn. The necklaces is just stunning, the pictures are beautiful, but in person it is just beyond gorgeous. Thank you so much, it was so thoughtful of you to do that for me.  You made my day!!!! ” Meg Carter

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Purple Crazy Agate Bead Embroidered Necklace

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Black Goldstone and Amethyst focal

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Artisan Dawn Doucette - Lake Geneva, WI

Designs by Dawn Marie Specializing in unique, custom jewelry.  She has some finished pieces ready to ship in her online store.  If you would like to had Dawn create something very special just for you, just use the “Contact” page above.  Dawn has a passion for helping put smiles on people’s faces and would love the opportunity to turn your dream into a realistic, tangible piece of bead embroidered jewelry.

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This Bead Embroidered Necklace is Handcrafted in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

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Eternal Growth - A Bead Embroidered Necklace

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Cabaret - Pantone Spring 2012 Color

When a challenge is posed, I am always game to step up to the plate.  This month, SoftFlex Beading Wire posted a challenge to create something featuring the Pantone color of the season, Cabaret.  (At first I thought they said CaberNet and I grabbed the wine… alas, I saw the error of my ways and had to clear the wine fog from my head.)  Cabaret is a vibrant shade of pink.  If you married Fuchsia with Hot Pink, Cabaret would be their offspring.  Since I think Pink is one of the happiest colors I was thrilled to create something in this theme.

This bead embroidered necklace started with the abalone shell focal.  It has a dried, pressed flower shellacked on the front of it.  So not only does it have the pop of cabaret, it also has an organic earthy feel.  When I’m creating, I gain a tremendous amount of inspiration from the world around me.  Mother Nature happens to be the best painter in my opinion.

Around the focal I used tiny seed beads that were each hand-stitched.  I brought in more turquoise as well as cabaret-colored freshwater pearls.  I created a free-form fringe that dangles from the bottom.  Each layer of fringe features a coin shaped abalone shell disc.  The movement with the splash of color really makes the natural flower pop on the pendant.

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Eternal Growth Featuring SoftFlex Beading Wire

The necklace chain part of this bead embroidered necklace is created using SoftFlex Beading Wire in Pink Tourmaline shade.  I braided 3 strands of Softflex and added a pop of sparkled with some turquoise Czech fire-polished crystals.  It braided up beautifully and created a sturdy, yet delicate necklace that is the perfect compliment to the pendant.

A Bead Embroidered Necklace is a true work of art, created from the inspiration within the jewelry artisans soul.

I am thrilled with how this piece finished up.  It’s very flirty and feminine and really showcases an asymmetrical design that is quite eye catching.  Everything that I create is original and one-of-a-kind.  If you would like a piece of artistic jewelry created especially for you, contact me and I’d be happy to turn your vision into a beautiful necklace, bracelet or earrings.

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Dawn Doucette - International Jewelry Artisan


Dawn Doucette is a jewelry artist based out of Southeastern Wisconsin.  She specializes in high quality, custom designed beaded jewelry.  To see more of Dawn’s finished pieces of jewelry, visit her online store.  She has earrings, bracelets and bead embroidered necklaces that are currently available.

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If you want to know how to make bead embroidery jewelry, I wanted to share this video with you.

Throughout this video I take you on the journey into my artisan brain.  I enjoy sharing and hope seeing the process of how I create bead embroidery jewelry that it inspires you to try something new.

Each piece of Bead Embroidery Jewelry takes hours and some times weeks to complete.  Each bead is stitched by hand and each piece is one of a kind.  Bead embroidery creates a style of unique jewelry that makes a statement, gives you complete freedom and shares your personality with those you meet.

Bead Embroidery – Where Art Meets Jewelry

When creating a custom piece of bead embroidery, I truly enjoy bringing in the personality of the person ordering the jewelry to each piece.  From color and texture to overall appearance, I get to know you and design something you will wear with price and hand down to generations to come as heirloom jewelry.

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A Walk in the Woods

If you would like Dawn to custom design unique jewelry just for you, contact her to discuss your vision.  Designs by Dawn Marie is based out of Southeastern WI where she resides with her soul mate and “fur children.”  Dawn is inspired by the world around her, from elements of nature to music and artwork.

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Dawn Doucette, Artisan Jewelry Designer

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custom beaded jewelryTo create a piece of custom beaded jewelry that reaches into someone’s soul and truly moves them is the most rewarding feedback an artisan can receive.

“OMG!! OMG!! It is so stunning!! I can not even tell you how much I love it..the rose, the key, the beading it is all exquisite!! I think it is the most beautiful piece I have ever seen and for sure the most beautiful I will ever is to be an heirloom for sure!! One day my grand daughter will so treasure this…I am in tears..this comes at a point that I so need something beautiful too..I can not ever thank you enough. Oh the do like lobster claw, it sometimes seems easier for to close.

Thanks so much once are so precious!!” ~Gen

But Gen wanted to share her delight with the world.  Gen blogged about this one of a kind bead embroidered necklace with the followers of her blog.


As an artisan, Dawn designs her custom beaded jewelry to blend beauty with the personality of the recipient.  Each of Dawn’s designs are truly one-of-a-kind.  In this necklace, Dawn spent time communicating with Genelle to get to know her and find out what her style was.  From there Dawn’s creative spirit went to work creating a really special bead embroidered necklace that Gen would be proud to pass down to her granddaughters. For the full story of how this beautiful necklace came into being, visit Dawn’s Blog.

If you would like Designs by Dawn Marie to design a special piece of custom beaded jewelry for you or a loved one, Contact Dawn to start a discussion.  If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind jewelry that is finished and ready to ship, visit the Online Store.  Dawn is happy to offer gift wrapping complimentary if this is for a gift.

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Seed Bead Bracelets Add a Dash of Funky and a Flair of Unique to Any Wardrobe!

When shopping for jewelry, many women like seed bead bracelets.  They come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors!  You can find completely funky, unique bracelets just based on the colors they are made with alone.  You can also find bracelets that are a mix of tiny seed beads with crystals or gemstones.  This will give your bracelet a very unique look and you can achieve virtually any look you want.

If you’re looking for something truly one-of-a-kind, contacting an artisan about creating a custom beaded bracelet for you is a terrific option.  This way you’ll get exactly what you want.  When thinking about what style seed bead bracelet you want, think about what you’ll be wearing it with.  Here’s some style options to help you decide!

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Available for Custom Order Spiral Seed Bead Bracelet

Bangle Style Seed Bead Bracelets – This style is a complete circle with no closure.  If you’re ordering a custom made bangle, the measurement that is really important to share with your jewelry designer is the circumference around your knuckles and thumb.  Measure this when you are cupping your hand like you’re going to slide the bracelet on.  The jewelry artisan will make sure that the inside measurement of your bangle seed bead bracelet is big enough to go over your hand.

Beaded Cuff Bracelets – A cuff is a flat bracelet that wraps around your wrist.  Most often it’s quite wide displaying a pattern of beads or beaded artwork.  A cuff can have either a closure and be flexible to bend perfectly around your wrist.  It could also have a metal insert making the beaded cuff bracelets firm and similar in fit to the bangle style bracelet.

Rope Style Bracelets – Seed bead bracelets that are stitched into a rope, one bead at a time.  Using different styles and sizes of beads can create a spiral rope with the twisting effect.  Spiral rope tubes are also used in creating necklaces because of their comfort to wear.  There are different rope patterns available giving you flexibility to the look you want to achieve.

Wrap Style Bracelets – Also called Memory Wire Bracelet designs are created with a continuous steel metal form, using a variety of seed beads, gemstones or crystals.  If you are wearing a memory wire bracelet it looks like you are wearing several bracelets together.  Again, any combination of colors and textures can be achieved in memory wire bracelet designs.

Seed Bead Bracelets are popular among women of all ages!

As you can see, finding a seed bead bracelet that fits your needs can be a boatload of fun!  But it is even MORE fun to have one custom made just for you!  In all honesty, any time you have custom made beaded jewelry it’s all about the journey… in addition to the finished product.  Throughout the process, your jewelry artisan will get to know your personality and bring your style into a one-of-a-kind necklace or seed bead bracelet.

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Pearl & Seed Bead Bracelet

Dawn Doucette is an international artisan jewelry designer that owns Designs by Dawn Marie.  Dawn specializes in unique art jewelry that interprets her clients personality painting the portrait of beauty.  If you would like to discuss having custom made jewelry designed for you, contact Dawn.  She’ll create a design so special you’ll want to pass it down as an heirloom.

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Diabetes Awareness Bracelet Jewelry

Diabetes Awareness Bracelet

Awareness Jewelry is a great way to make a statement of support!

When you or your family are touched by a illness or affliction, your first response is to help them battle back to health.  By changing their eating habits or eliminating triggers (such as sugar for people with diabetes) it can really help them to feel better much faster.  For those that want to show their support for people with afflictions such as breast cancer, domestic violence, autism or diabetes awareness, custom made jewelry is the perfect way to make a statement.

Wearing a pink ribbon is a sign of support for breast cancer awareness.

Do you know what the symbol is for diabetes awareness?  Diabetes Awareness is represented by a grey ribbon!  With that there are so many different ways you can express support for those battling diabetes and in memory of those loved ones we’ve lost to diabetes.  Diabetes affects a over 23.6 million children and adults in the US — 7.8% of the population. 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed every year. Certain things, like diet and exercise, can help, but there’s plenty you should know about this disease. Click to to learn more.

Awareness jewelry is so much more than just a piece of custom made jewelry.  It’s a message from the heart.  As a woman, we are all aware of female health challenges.  The pink ribbon represents breast cancer awareness.  Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. For more information about breast cancer visit:  Many large companies and professional organizations have joined in the battle to bring more awareness to the fight against breast cancer.  The Susan G. Komen Foundation, Yoplait with their pink lid campaign and the NFL have all joined forces to spread the message of early detection and awareness.

Here’s a great list of awareness causes that you might find helpful!

  • Red Ribbon – Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse
  • Orange Ribbon – Leukemia, Hunger Awareness, Agent Orange Exposure, Cultural Diversity, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Racial Tolerance
  • Yellow Ribbon – Adoptive Parents, Deployed Soldiers, Endometriosis, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Missing Children, Suicide Prevention, Testicular Cancer
  • Teal Ribbon – Ovarian Cancer, Native American Reparations, Sexual Violence, Spaying and Neutering Pets, Substance Abuse, Tourette Syndrome
  • Blue Ribbon – Arthritis, Child Abuse Prevention, Colon Cancer, Crime Victim Rights, Drunk Driving, Epstein-Barr Virus, Freedom of Speech, Hurricane Support, Police Officers Lost in the Line of Duty
  • Puzzle Piece – Autism Awareness
  • Purple Ribbon – Alzheimer’s Disease, Animal Abuse, Cancer Survivor, Children with Disabilities, Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Macular Degeneration, Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pink Ribbon – Breast Cancer Awareness, Combined with purple & teal ribbon represents Thyroid Cancer
  • Silver Ribbon – Abuse of the Elderly, Children with Disabilities, Diseases or Disorders of the Brain, Parkinson’s Disease
  • Black Ribbon – Melanoma, Mourning, POW-MIA, Suicide
  • White Ribbon – Adoption, Alzheimer’s Disease, Bone Disease and Bone Cancer, Free Speech, Innocence, Peace, Poverty Awareness, Purity, Student Sexual Assault
  • Gold Ribbon – Childhood Cancer Awareness
  • Grey Ribbon – Diabetes, Allergies, Asthma, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors

Truly, this is just the beginning of awareness symbols.  When sending a message of awareness, strength and support the most received message is from the heart.  Designs by Dawn Marie takes great pride in creating One of a Kind Awareness Jewelry designs.  From Pink Ribbon Necklaces to a diabetes awareness grey ribbon bracelet, giving the gift of jewelry – especially such personal jewelry – will be well received.

For your custom made jewelry needs, contact Dawn with your special request.  She’ll create your handmade beaded jewelry with love and send it packaged as the gift that it truly is!

Domestic Violence Awareness Custom Beaded Jewelry

Custom Order - Purple Ribbon Domestic Violence Awareness Jewelry

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Adding the FUNKY to Artisan Beaded Jewelry

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seed bead necklace with lampwork glass focalNot all jewelry is meant to come in a demure little blue box.  Actually what makes Artisan Beaded Jewelry so special, is the little added touches that make it One of a Kind!

When designing a piece of jewelry for someone specifically, I try to bring their personality into a design.  Are they quiet and soft-spoken, or do they like to grab attention and have people notice them?  As an artist when you can design something that personal, you know the recipient is going to wear that jewelry with pride.

Not all pieces of Artisan Beaded Jewelry are custom ordered.  There are those ideas that just pop into my brain and beg me to make them.  What am I to say???  No??  Of course not.  Those pieces I make with no particular recipient in mind go in my store, waiting for the perfect soul to fall in love with them.  Such was the case with this style necklace and bracelet I created.

It all started with a beautiful focal bead.  The colors and textures of the focal alone made it a mini work of art.  However, I wanted to turn it from incredible to AMAZING!  So inspired by the colors and shapes, I set out to mirror those colors in a one-of-a-kind design.  This style of necklace uses seed beads, crystals, and various other accent beads – all complimenting and framing that original focal that was the inspiration in the first place.

Finding your style in a piece of Artisan Beaded Jewelry is like fitting into your favorite pair of blue jeans – again!artisan beaded jewelry

Being that there is no pattern, I just allow the beads to meld and marry, enhancing the design with each bead I add.  Each bead is stitched by hand, creating the warmth and personal touch that you won’t find in department stores or big box jewelry stores.  Necklaces and bracelets take on a life of their own as the beaded rope continues to grow.  The crystals, pearls and accent beads add the final finishing touches to really capture the light and add the WOW to the finished piece.

To see more artisan beaded jewelry from Designs by Dawn Marie, check out my Etsy store.  Each piece is handcrafted by me and bears a true mark of my passion for designing and my love for all things beautiful.  If you are looking for a special custom made necklace, bracelet or earring set, you are welcome to contact me.  I love turning your vision and ideas into a tangible piece of artisan beaded jewelry.

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silver and black beaded jewelry setFor ladies that love big bling, picture a set of silver and black beaded bracelet, necklace and earrings that require sunglasses just to take out of the box!

Yes, that’s what Kathy said when she received her custom beaded jewelry set.  When Kathy contacted me about designing a complete set of jewelry for her special event, we discussed what she was wearing, and what style jewelry she was looking for.  She e-mailed me a photo of the outfit she would be wearing as the speaker and member of a panel on stage at an upcoming networking event.  After seeing the dress, I had the perfect idea.

I set out to design a multi-strand necklace that had LOTS of sparkle.   I wanted Kathy to shine on stage so everyone in the audience would be mezmorized with her.  Coincidentally I visited the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee and happened to be blinded by a whole display of Swarovski crystals.  All of the pieces came together in my mind.  I saw the perfect combination of silver and black crystals elegantly married together to make a striking custom beaded jewelry set.

All of the pieces worked out perfectly.  The beaded dangle earrings offered movement that captured the light beautifully.    In the double strand necklace, we highlighted it with two oversized enameled links in a funky giraffe print. Dripping in metallic silver crystals the necklace looks like a string of diamonds around Kathy’s neck.  Finished like the cherry on a sundae, the black beaded bracelet is a wrap-style bracelet that gives the illusion of wearing a whole bunch of layered bracelets.

The entire beaded jewelry set turned out stunning!  Kathy was blown away when she received the package!


“Girlfriend (Dawn Doucette) I was almost blinded when I took out of box! The sparkle is Amazing!! Your Amazing!! Thank you! Thank you! {{Hugs}}”

If you would like a set of custom beaded jewelry designed for a special event, you are welcome to contact me. We will discuss what style jewelry you are looking for AND what image you want to portray!  It’s my joy to bring your personality into a one-of-a-kind piece of beaded jewelry!  I look forward to sharing my love for artistic custom beaded  jewelry with you soon!

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handmade beaded earringsWhat kind of glass beaded earrings make your jaw drop?

Those made with lampwork glass beads of course.  The lampwork glass beads used in Designs by Dawn Marie designs are one-of-a-kind, handcrafted in the US.  We like unique beads, lampwork glass that makes people’s jaws drop when they see it.

Lampwork Glass Beaded Earrings offer any combination of color you can imagine!

From black bead earrings to green or pink… or any color in between.  The uniqueness of color makes each lampwork glass bead special.  Beads can have a colored center with a clear coat overlay, making it appear like a bubble.  Other times clear droplets surround the bead to look like dew drops.

While the process of lampworking is not something Designs by Dawn Marie specializes in, we make sure that we are working with the best of the best artisans so your handmade beaded earrings will make your jaw drop.

Glass Beaded EarringsHow do I get my own Lampwork Glass Beaded Earrings?

The process to have glass beaded earrings made especially for you is quite simple.  Send us a message via our contact page telling Dawn what colors you are looking for.  If she doesn’t have lampwork beads in the color pallet you are looking for, she’ll contact an artisan and have them designed especially for your earrings.  In the end, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised at your custom designed pair of handmade beaded earrings.

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Crystal & Lampwork Glass Beaded Earrings

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eyeglasses chainsYour Reading Glasses Chain makes a statement about your style – whether you like it or not.

Women spend a substantial amount of time finding the perfect bracelet, necklace and earrings to accessorize their outfit, so why wouldn’t they also want to coordinate they eyeglasses chain?  There are so many styles of eyeglasses chains available that you can pretty much match anything you want.

What does your Glasses Chain say about you?

Some women purchase a simple cord at the pharmacy and just leave it at that.  It could be a basic black, or a plated chain, but it doesn’t really reflect their individual personality.

A pearl eyeglasses chain adds a statement of elegance.  It shows a classy side of the wearer, knowing she has style and likes the tradition and feel of classic pearls.  With the color of dyed pearls available today, nearly any color combination can be designed to make your pearl eyeglasses chain unique to you.

Beaded Eyeglass Chains are also very popular.  The reason for their popularity is the diverse colors, textures and styles of beads that you can get.  From black to purple to earthtones and everything in between, eyeglasses chains can be designed exactly how you want them.

Gemstones also make popular eyeglasses chains.  There are so many gemstones available to jewelry designers today that you can choose from birthstones such as amethyst or garnets and more rustic feeling semi-precious stones like turquoise, jasper, petrified wood, tigers eye, unakite and so many more.  If it’s a color that you are specifically looking for, we’ll be able to discuss your options so your vision can be created just as you hoped.

How can I get a Custom Glasses Chain made?

Designs by Dawn Marie Specializes in Custom Beaded JewelryContact Dawn with more information about what you are looking for and she’ll create a one-of-a-kind glasses chain that will fit perfectly into your accesory wardrobe.  It’ll be comfortable to wear everyday or have a few and mix and match with your outfit.

Eyeglasses Chains also make great gifts!  So whether you order one for yourself, or have one custom designed for a loved one or friend, you are sure to be happy with your glasses chain.

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Pearl Glasses Chain

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