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Melinda Barta received her BFA in fiber arts from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.


Melinda is the author of Hip to Stitch: 20 Contemporary Projects Embellished with Thread (Interweave Press, 2005) and Custom Cool Jewelry: Create 200+ Personalized Pendants, Charms, and Clasps (Interweave Press, 2008). Her jewelry designs regularly appear in Beadwork (where you can find her new department titled Custom Cool) and Stringing magazines. Her third book entitled Mixed Metals: Creating Contemporary Jewelry with Silver, Gold, Copper, Brass & More (Interweave Press, 2009) is coauthored with Danielle Fox, editor of Stringing magazine.

Above: Melinda celebrating the release of
her book Custom Cool Jewelry
at Bead Fest in Philadelphia.


Melinda teaches workshops at schools across the country, including Penland School of Crafts and John C. Campbell Folk School and has assisted fiber artist Renie Breskin Adams at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Click here to see her upcoming classes and workshops.

She has made appearances on PBS, Style Network, and DIY, including the shows Scrapbooking, Uncommon Threads, and Melinda’s favorite, Craft Corner Death Match.


Melinda is a true lover of all crafts and is known to have sewing, embroidery, knitting, bead weaving, stringing, collage, scrapbooking, home improvement, and gardening projects in the works all at the same time. When she’s not creating something with her hands, Melinda loves to spend her summers hiking and camping in the mountains with her husband, baby girl and their dog. In the winter, she skis every chance she gets.