By Holly Nolan
Lillie Nell jewelry is handwoven using the finest Japanese glass beads, nylon thread, and a tiny needle without the use of a bead loom. As each bead is threaded by hand, the needle and thread passes through each bead 2-4 times. From design concept to final stitch, each pair of Lillie Nell earrings takes 2-4 hours to create and contain an average of 1,200 beads per pair.
Who is Lillie Nell?
Hi, my name is Holly Nolan and I am the owner and beadweaver behind Lillie Nell, named for my paternal grandmother. Unfortunately I was never able to meet her due to growing up without knowing my biological father or my Native American ancestry. Thanks to social media I have been able to connect to my family and learn about our wonderful Granny. My sisters tell me that Lillie Nell was the strongest woman, that she was a hard worker, that she cared deeply for her community, and could make anything.
When I started beading as a way to find a connection to my Mowa Choctaw family it seemed like a natural choice to name my company for my grandmother.
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Woven by hand
Every bead is a blessing and they’re all counted twice. Lillie Nell Jewelery is only crafted when I am in good sprits. The energy we carry while we are creating is woven into our work and is passed onto the wearer.
Packaged with care
Packaged on hand-stamped cards and boxes, each package carries my grandmother's name and likeness. Earrings that are woven on metal components include a complimentary polishing cloth.
Worn with love
I hope when you wear your 𝐋𝐈𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐄 𝐍𝐄𝐋𝐋 jewlery you feel strong, confident, and powerful. Wearers of Lillie Nell tell me they can immediately feel the good intentions woven into their jewlery.
Can non-Native people wear Native-made beadwork?
Lillie Nell jewelry is for everyone. As a full-time artist I could not do what I do without your support. Wearing non-regalia Native-made jewelry is a fabulous to show appreciation for Native American art.
LIGHT AS A FEATHER
The feedback I hear most from Lillie Nell customers is that they can't believe how lightweight my beaded earrings are.