You needle these – 3 cuts above

If you are a needle-snob – you needle these needles. Exquisite needles made with excruciating attention to detail. These are the premium Hiroshima Tulip brand needles – made of high quality metal, with a larger eye – polished inside and out – and polished lengthwise for smoother action through fabric; these needles are for Beading, Embroidery, and sure, sewing, quilting, cross-stitch too – because who all doesn’t do more than one craft around here? You can read more about the history of these needles here, like how they were made by out-of-work samurai. 😉 And if you aren’t a needle …

One week left to stock up and save!

Are you preparing to hide when the winter storms hit? Better stock up on beads! Oh, yeah – canned goods and water too, but mostly beads, stringing stuff, findings, etc. And how great is it that we have a sale on everything – so you can get it all in one place! But just until Nov 8 – so don’t dawdle! And pick up some christmas gifts while you are at it – supplies to make gifts for those special people that will appreciate it – a few stocking stuffers for your creative friends, and maybe check out the Diamond …

Bargains are Coming!

Winter may be coming at a slow amble – but the bargains are racing at us at breakneck speed! We have hot deals to keep you warm on a frosty autumn night!   20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already such a fabulous deal. (Like our bulk stuff!) But some stuff is more than 20% off. Like our Manager’s Specials! (nudge nudge, wink wink) OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees (Come for the classes – stay for the sale!) No discount on gift certificates.? No discounts on …

Ornaments & Jewellery/The Eyes Have It

  Ornaments and Jewellery. Well – jewellery is just ornaments for your body, and ornaments are just jewellery for your tree. Or your home or whatever you choose to adorn. Or ornament – as the case may be. I have a select few beaded ornaments hanging from the ceiling in my office – all season long. Out of context of a tree – they aren’t particularly Christmassy, but they are definitely ornamental! Swarovski has a new colour – Scarlet – which, if you are a fan of red, you will love. And if you are a stickler for correct usage …

Swarovski Colour and Size Charts

Need a colour chart? Or a size reference? Download a pdf chart and print it for free! Swarovski Table of sizes – from PP 1 to SS 76               Swarovski HotFix Flatbacks Colour Chart Swarovski No HotFix Flatbacks Colour Chart             Swarovski Crystal Bead Colours   Swarovski Fancy Stones (non-round rhinestones – not flatback or hotfix) – available shapes and colours Bead Shapes and Available Colours Swarovski Crystal Pendant – Available Shapes and Colours. (Pendants have a hole front-to-back or side-to-side – beads have a hole all the way …

Gemduos & The Elastic Needle

The next wave of GemDuos are here – the Gold Splash colours! Splashed with gold! More earthy than the Backlit Gemduos; Earthy is good, right?   Elastic Cord Needle! The Elastic Cord Needle. I thought for sure that this was going to be a swing and a miss in terms of new products – but I was pleasantly surprised! The instructions say: “Use the Elastic Cord Needle to plan out your beaded design, stringing the beads onto the wire, then catch 0.50 – 0.80 mm stretch cord with the threader hook, and slide your beads onto the elastic cord. The …

Some Enchanted Beading …

there will come a beader … across a beady class … Who is this enchanting beader? Who is Betty Stephan? Betty has won numerous international awards for her bead embroidery and has been published in several books and publications. Her necklace Cathedral Windows is pictured on the cover of 500 Beaded Jewelry and she was one of 30 featured artists in the book Marcia DeCoster Presents.   Her collars, Barcelona (2016) and Carousel of Time (2015), both won 3rd place in the Bead Dreams competition and her necklace Changes won grand prize in Bead Star competition in 2014. She teaches …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a terrific Turkey day! Our bricks and mortar store will be closed, Monday Oct 9 for Thanksgiving. But as always, our trusty computer running the online store will be standing by to take your orders! Have a safe and lovely holiday!

Zoliduos

When I first saw these curvy little paisley-shaped beads, I was enchanted. I saw them first on Pinterest – and the designs that are being made with them blew me away. And then, hey presto – we have them. Funny how that tends to work around here. 😉 So – the thing to know about Zoliduos is that they come in LEFT and RIGHT versions. They are a flat backed curved drop shape with two holes, and in order to get the amazing mirror image effects in the patterns – the symmetrical designs – you will need to have both …

Aqua Impression Jasper and a Revolution in Applying Glue!

I can’t decide which of these I’m more excited about – the new Aqua Impression Jasper – which is just soooo pretty – or the utterly fascinating Glue Looper! The Glue Looper is a revolutionary way to apply glue and adhesives. I’ve never seen anything like it. It first came to my attention with a video in an email from one of the beading magazines – with some handheld video from one of the bead shows – showing a demo of using it. I was gob-smacked. I encourage you to watch that video first. Now – if you watch this …