20% (or more) off everything* in the store.

20% (or more) off everything* in the store. *Some items ARE excluded from this sale. Class fees, gift certificates, studio time, lampworking stuff, consignment art beads, special orders, some metal clay items, some tools, and previously discounted items, and a few other items which are already at wholesale prices. You will be able to see online if an item is discounted. Remember – you always get the best possible discount – so if something has been discounted more than the sale discount – you will get the better of the two discounts. *The Fine Print is here. The sale continues …

Photo to Beaded Pattern

A fun little tool from Miyuki to convert your photos to beading patterns We’ve seen a number of beading-pattern-makers over the years – by and large, they seem to not be much fun to use, and try to do too much. This, by contrast, does Miyuki Delicas, Peyote or Square stitch. That’s it. You can also use the Square Stitch option to create patterns for looming. The software is online, and runs in your browser, so nothing to download – except the pattern afterwards if you want.   They have instructions in English here, but I’m going to run you …

20% off continues … Do you Spook?

20% off the store (mostly – the fine print is here) continues to Sep 26 … Do you Spook? Are you a Hallow-weenie? Are you wearing black just until something darker comes along? Does your ideal house perch on top of a hill with owls and spooky trees? Owls – check. Choose this gothy owl with spooky wings, or these rather more menacing looking Grrrr – owls. Search here for all our owls – we have an impressive collection – ignoring all the Howlite that comes up in the search as well … O_o. Spooky trees – check. We have …

Rainbow Thursday! The Sale Continues!

We love black – black makes everything pop! But why stop at Black Friday? Let’s give all the colors a chance! Our pre-Christmas sale continues – with 20% off the whole rainbow of nearly everything – and some stuff is a lot more! New this week are many more items in our Bulk items and deals on web-only items not stocked in-store. Such as Bulk SuperDuos! Bulk Delica 11/0s, and more coming! If there is something you’d like to see sold in large quantities like factory packs, be sure and let me know! Remember the Miyuki Crochet Thread? Now available …

Oh… Delica beads.

I’ve fallen hard for those itty bitty morsels of glass perfection. The delica. These are premium Japanese cylinder beads, in size 11/0. They are very consistent in size and shape and colour. There are so many gorgeous colours!  I’ve started buying more thanks to some books and classes available at the store.  First came Diane Fitzgerald.  Contemporary Beadwork I is out of print, but available on CD at beadFX.  Diane Fitzgerald is a bead collector and jewelry designer who works with a variety of beads large and small, old and new. Since 1989, Diane has taught classes at her shop, Beautiful Beads, …