Custom knitting and beaded embroidery designs are available to you.
Just fill out the contact form and let me know what are your needs. Rates are $30
- $75 per hour, depending on the complexity of the design.
Kalena designs sweaters (knitted and crocheted), beaded bras/bustiers, shoes, and
sequin appliqués. She enjoys designing one-of-a-kind sweaters using mohair and novelty
yarns in her designs. She enjoys playing with colors that grabs your attention.
Some of her sweater designs appeared in national knitting magazines. The sweater
the model is wearing below, appeared in Fantasy Crochet magazine.
Kalena sews each bead and sequin one at a time with needle and thread. She avoids
using glue on beads.
She has been knitting and beading for over 30 years.
Kalena wanted to decorate her sweaters with beads and sequins, so she went to a bridal
store and learned beading techniques. Also, Kalena heard about a beaded embroidery
designer in New Jersey, who designed for Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and other
top American fashion designers. She asked if she could attend his classes, he invited
Kalena to his atelier. There she learned Haute Couture Embroidery techniques that
included learning how to bead a shoe—the shoe was the highlight of the class. And
she has been beading ever since.
Kalena is also a gourd artist. She designs unique birdhouses from gourds. Her customers
use them to decorate their living rooms/sunrooms
Kalena is also an author of how-to books, a licensed nail technician, and accomplished
Polynesian dance instructor. You can also find her teaching Polynesian dance at the
local colleges and community centers.