Natascha Bijl was born in Delft, a beautiful historic city in the Netherlands, where her passion for beadwork started when she was a small girl. Some of the first recipients of her jewelry were the customers of the flower shops owned by her parents.
Natascha's second passion is show jumping horses, and she was a member of the Dutch show jumping team. In her years as an all-round training instructor, Natascha gave riding lessons to professional jumping riders. But the beads continued to call to her and following a tough injury, she rekindled her passion for beading. Unfortunately, due to her injury, she was unable to care for her horses and had to sell them.
In August 2003, Natascha opened her bead store 'Natascha Kralen'. (kralen is Dutch for beads). In addition to operating the store, she gives beading lessons almost every day to both beginners and advanced beaders. Her true passion, however, is to design jewelry and to share this passion with others. She derives a great satisfaction from working with a combination of various techniques and playing with colors. Natascha says "it's addictive!"
Natascha and her Natascha Kralen team also attend various Bead Shows in Europe, such as Beaddays Augsburg, Creativa Dortmund, Beaders Best Hamburg, among others. She enjoys the places where there is a wonderful atmosphere for all bead enthusiasts and wishes to share her passion with everyone.