Ann Benson is an internationally acclaimed designer of beading, needle arts and weaving, active for over fifty years in the crafting world. She is a renowned expert on all forms of bead crochet and bead embroidery, and is recognized for the exceptional clarity of her directions and tutorials. She maintains a comprehensive library of YouTube video tutorials and online classes, and a catalog of downloadable print tutorials on This encyclopedia is her ninth beading book.

Ann is also a published novelist with five titles: The Plague Tales, The Burning Road, The Physician’s Tale (the Plague Trilogy) as well as Thief of Souls and Ambrosia.