julia s. pretl

beading in my basement

Welcome to my new home on the web! Please bookmark this page as the address has changed.

My name is Julia and I’m a bead artist/designer in Baltimore, MD. If my work is new to you, please take a look around.

If you are familiar with my old website, I think that you will find many improvements, including: a mailing list for my blog page, immediate download of purchased patterns, an account page for access to previous purchases, and video classes and tutorials (coming soon). I also now accept credit cards.

Best of all… it’s mobile friendly!

about me

Creative since early childhood, I studied graphic design and illustration at The Maryland Institute College of Art in the late 1980s in my hometown of Baltimore City. Soon after, I discovered a passion for bead weaving, and eventually combined these talents as a way to teach others through books, patterns, and occasional workshops.


Aside from my own books and patterns, I have also been illustrating for other bead authors and designers since 2008, including:

Laura McCabe
Kathy King
Jean Campbell and Judith Durant
Jill Wiseman
Contemporary Geometric Beadwork
Cynthia Rutledge

If you need illustrations and/or layout for your next beadwork project, please contact me at julia@juliapretl.com for pricing and examples of my work.


Little Bead Boxes: 12 Miniature Containers Built with Beads
Creative Publishing Intl. –  2006

*Bead Knitted Bags: 10 Projects for Beaders & Knitters
Creative Publishing Intl. –  2006

*Beaded Collars: 10 Decorative Neckpieces Built with Ladder Stitch
Creative Publishing Intl. –  2008

*Julia Pretl’s Big Book of Beadwork: 32 Projects for Adventurous Beaders
Creative Publishing Intl. –  2010

*out of print

Contact Me

Please drop a line if you have a question or just want to say hello! I can be reached at julia@juliapretl.com