By Danielle Church

Killeen Daily Herald

After a recent move to Killeen from California in order to be closer to her son, Native American artist Dawn Deyo soon will set up shop downtown.

"I like to share what I do with people," she said of the jewelry bead designer craft she began nearly 15 years ago.

Deyo said she specializes in vintage glass beads, which are unusual.

"The things you make (with the glass beads) are not the things anybody else has," she said.

She said she also works with natural stones, turquoise and pearls.

Deyo said her ultimate dream is to provide free youth classes and sponsor a once-a-month sale day for children to sell their creations. And her new location, at 1402 Rancier Ave., may give her the opportunity to do just that when it opens next month.

"My goal is for the kids to have fun creating jewelry and experience some of the aspects of conducting business," she said.

Before moving to Central Texas, the Hawaiian native said she dabbled in several professions, including cooking, secretarial work and garbage collecting, until finding her passion in beading.

Deyo said she operates a booth at the Belton Flea Market.

"It's the best bling for the buck," she said.

Starting Oct. 7, Deyo will teach beading techniques to a "Beading with Dawn" class at the Harris Community Center in Belton.

"We will be doing basic beading on wire," she said. "We're going to make bracelets and earrings and do some wire wrapping. We're also going to make a pendant (and) a three-stand necklace."

The classes are scheduled to run every Friday through Nov. 11.

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Contact Danielle Church at or (254) 501-7567.

5 Questions for Dawn Deyo

Last book read? I'm actually still working on it, "Cherokee Full Circle," by J.T. and Michael T. Garrett. It's a spiritual structure for the way the native people live life, the way we look at the world and us in it.

Favorite movie? Probably "Fantasia." It's my favorite movie of all time.

Favorite food? Now that's hard since I'm a cook. I guess whatever's being served. At home, we'll have everything from hot chili dogs to Thai green curry chicken.

Favorite hobby? Beading and making the jewelry. It's a creative endeavor and that's one of the things I want to share with people.

Favorite saying or quote? "He who does not tooteth his own horn, shall not have his horn tooteth." That's purely me; I think as though we never give ourselves enough credit. So I think we should toot our own horn.

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