Adele Kimpell has been involved in creative endeavors, from knitting to quilting to tatting to macramé, since the age of 13. In 1994 a friend of one of her sons introduced her to off-loom bead weaving. She immediately became intrigued with the endless possibilities offered by the vast variety of bead colors, shapes, sizes, and types and has since found her niche in designing with seed beads and off-loom bead weaving.
Adele is a primarily self-taught bead weaver with an education in nursing. She is exceptionally knowledgeable in all bead weaving techniques and is especially fond of diagonal peyote, Ndebele (herringbone), right angle weave and loom weaving. She designs and teaches pieces using many techniques and works with other designers reviewing and editing patterns.
A desire to share her love of beads and the knowledge she has gained while developing her own skills led her to begin teaching private classes in the fall of 2001 then progressed to teaching at bead shops and bead societies and guilds at a national level. Adele finds great satisfaction in passing on knowledge and skills that give her students solid technique and the self-confidence to design and create on their own. Great satisfaction is also gained from seeing how each person embraces a project and makes it his/her own.
When she’s not teaching she is busy experimenting with technique, authoring patterns, adding to her bead stash and designing new beaded jewelry.