SUGAR K DESIGNS
Kalena’s sister taught her how to crochet when she was a little girl. She actually
learned how to knit while working for the police department (Detroit). It happened
by accident. She used to go have lunch with the commander’s secretary-
Kalena designs sweaters (knitted and crocheted), beaded bras/bustiers, shoes, and
sequin appliqués. She enjoys designing one-
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-
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She has served the community as a volunteer through the Americorps program. She has
worked in poverty stricken areas, assisting families in need, and working in the
She has also performed for Gilda's Club (a community organization for people living with cancer, their families and friends), and Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, as well as other venues.
She currently teaches the Hula at the Arrowhead Montessori in Peoria, AZ, to the preschoolers instilling in them the cultural values at an early age.
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