Melanie de Miguel
Melanie de Miguel is an internationally renowned beadwork designer, tutor and author. In 1999 Melanie attended the first Great British Bead Show and joined The Beadworkers Guild. As a qualified Science teacher and a bead artist with her own designs and ideas, Melanie was encouraged by the Guild to begin teaching. Immediately she began holding private workshops and teaching for the Guild, and she helped to found a local beading group, the Dangerous Beaders. Melanie now teaches workshops at shows, bead fairs, beading retreats and bead groups throughout the UK, US and Europe; she has her own YouTube channel for beading tutorials and her work has also been featured in a number of publications and beadwork books.
Since she began designing, Melanie’s work has morphed through a number of styles, influenced by her scientific background and inspirations from nature, but mainly driven by the mediaeval, Byzantine, Renaissance and now Art Deco eras. Her designs are best described as intricate and innovative, incorporating minimalist bezeling of crystal cabochons.
Melanie realised her designing skills really took off when she had built up a solid arsenal of beading techniques with which to attack every project. Her deep fascination with threadpaths and constant desire to experiment led her to create an exciting new beadwork technique – Hubble stitch. Writing and publishing Let’s Hubble!, her first book, was the logical next step; it was released on 11th May, 2015 and sold out quickly, reaching the No.1 bestseller in the Beadwork and Jewellery categories. She continued to develop Hubble Stitch and has taken it to a whole new level with Wave Hubble, and she published her 2nd book, Hubble Stitch 2. In 2018 Melanie published her next book, Tudor Inspirations, which she co-wrote with her dear beady friend, Heather Kingsley-Heath; it’s a stunning collection of patterns for beautiful, wearable pieces, plus an exciting library of all the elements worked in the book, ready to be mixed and matched, encouraging and helping the reader to design for themselves.
Keeping pace with the ever-advancing technology, Melanie has been teaching Webinars and online classes, relishing the opportunity to teach in multiple countries simultaneously, and help to create an ever closer bond amongst the beading communities of the world.
Melanie and her beloved, Steve, have been together for 37 years, and they have three children and three grandchildren.