Lea Maiolo grew up in Los Angeles. She started out quilting and designing Barbie clothes with her grandmother. In 2003 she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with an AA in Fashion Design. Since then she has worked as a costumer, costume designer and wardrobe stylist on assorted film projects in Hollywood. She also designs and creates custom costumes and evening wear and teaches Scottish Country Dancing. In 2009 she moved to Redmond, WA with her husband, Jim, and learned about beading from Joann Loos!