Western New England Bead Shop Hop


October 17-19, 2014 – Thanks so much to everyone that participated in this years hop.  Looking forward to 2015!

We’re excited about this year’s Hop! There will be a few extra surprises and goodies to be had. Five bead stores in all are participating. Sign up soon! Only 100 bags are being made.  October 17-19!

What’s in store for you if you register for the Bead Shop Hop?

2014 Bead Shop Hop bag stuffed with lots of beady goodies!
Passport to savings at each of the 5 bead shops on the list!Raffle baskets at each store and you can also enter for the grand prize basket if you visit all 5 shops!
Free make & takes at each store – or possibly take & makes!
Free project just for visiting each store!
Fun to be had by all hoppers!

Be sure to check each stores hours of operation during the hop!  Simply Beadiful will be open Friday 10-4, Saturday 10-4, and Sunday 12-4!

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or our website at BeadShopHop.com

Seven Sisters Kumihimo Class

Seven Sisters Kumi

Seven Sisters Kumihimo Class – Beginner

Thursday, October 23, 2014 6p.m. (Class is filling fast – be sure to call and register soon)

Time to learn an new Kumihimo braiding technique.  Sally will be here for a “Squeeze In” class this coming Thursday night before she leaves for AZ.  The Seven Sisters is a seven warp pattern (not eight which is what we usually do) and is done with a mix of beads.  This new braid is quite interesting to see and I can’t wait to learn.  Please bring your kumi disk and bobbins to class.

Class and Kit Fee $35*

*Kit includes beads and cord only – clasp and ends will be extra.

Venetian Glass Bead Trunk Show

Venetian Earring 1

Simply Beadiful Brings you a bit of Venice

Thursday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Venetian glass artisans have been influencing bead makers since the mid fourteenth century and beads made in Venice and the Island of Murano are among the most recognized and collected in the world.

Venetian Earring 2Accept no imitations! All beads from Venice are made using the centuries-old process of hand forming a single glass bead on a copper wire and then dissolving the wire out of the bead using nitric acid. This leaves the bead hole crystal clean all the way through. Many “imitation” Venetian beads are mass produced (in places like China and India) with several beads formed on a single steel mandrel that has been coated with a liquid releasing agent. When the beads are later slid off the mandrel, the hole is coated with white powder remnants of the releasing agent. This is a sure fire way to tell the beads are not authentic Venetian beads.

Garden Life Trunk Show

Gardanne Maple leaves

Garden Life Trunk Show – Artisan Enameled and Lampwork beads by Anne Lichtenstein

GardanneIvyLeafOctober 15th-November 1st, 2014

Anne’s popular pieces will be back at Simply Beadiful again this fall.  Be sure to check out what’s new and maybe even make yourself a new pair of fall earrings!

Many of Anne’s enameled pieces are sold uniquely in pairs so most of the matching is already done for you.  Pair these pieces up with some Shibori or Leather and what a great Fall piece you’ll have!

Stringing and Crimping (Beginner)

Stringing and Crimping (Beginner)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 5:45p.m.  (Class to be postponed)  Call for details  413-782-0288
Have you always wanted to make your own jewelry?  Learn the basics with an emphasis on the crimping technique. This class is for beginners or those with limited beading experience.

We will do lots of practicing in this class and you will learn about tools, designing your piece, and leave with a completed bracelet. Teens welcome.
Class fee $25 plus materials.
Approx. Material Cost $25
Call 413-782-0288 to register for class.