Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bead Street Classes

Don't forget October 30th, our last day at the Glenwood location and we still have plenty of Czech glass, gemstones and freshwater pearls at 30% off.  Hope to see you before Halloween.

This Saturday, October 24th, Sandy is teaching a new bracelet pattern.  If all goes well, this is what the project looks like.

A couple of seats left.  If you would like to join us, let us know.

Beth is doing a show so won't be teaching but Sue may teach a beginner project.  Stay tuned for more information - or you can call Sue this week and ask, 336-9707

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bead Street Closing Sale

After thirty years of retail, its time for Bead Street to close its retail location on Glenwood.  We are having a 30% sale off all Czech glass, gemstones and pearls.  Last day is Friday, October 30th.

By closing, we will have time to expand our online website - adding new products and photographing  1000 colors of size 11 seed beads will certainly take some time.  

Our classes will continue and we are moving to a space that will allow for new exciting workshops.  Stay tuned for classes in Soldering, Enameling, Lampwork beadmaking, using Kilns for ceramic pendants, Metal Clay, and Bronze Clay, We have a waiting list of individuals that want to take these classes so they may not be listed online.  If you are interested in any of these, please send an email and we will notify you of the schedule.  We are also continuing with regular beadwork and wirework classes.

At  some point, when everything is organized at the warehouse, we will have  it open for you to shop.  More info to come.

A big, big thank you to all our customers who have continually shopped with us.  Some of you we have known for almost 30 years.  We will try to continue to stock the products you need and for the locals, still have a place to pick them up.  But the world has transitioned to online sales and we feel the need to jump on that band wagon.

This Saturday Sandy is teaching a new odd count peyote cuff.  We have a very easy way to do this, and if you would like to learn, give us a call - I think three spaces still available.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Art in the Park, Boise, 2015

The annual Art in the Park art show at Julia Davis Park is this weekend. If you have some time, check out some of our local artists displaying this year. Weather looks good and should be fun.

There are some out of town folks coming into Boise to see the show, and they also wanted to take a beading class.  So Sue has graciously volunteered to step in for Sandy and teach Chain'On.  I know we have taught this a number of times; can't believe we are still getting requests.  No doubt they have seen some of the previous students creations....

So, 1:00 Saturday, $15.00 plus materials.  Bring a tube of Super Duos, a few two-hole lentils, 11/0 seed beads and needle and thread.  If you need any of these - we have plenty of colors to choose from - and we can even put together something for you.  

Hope you have a great weekend!

This colorway includes a multi-toned seed bead.
Really nice because you can wear it with almost anything.

Ideal for fall.  Don't remember who did this one.
 If this is yours, please let me know.

This is Janet's version.  And of course, she made it her way -
 using bigger seed beads and a second color of SD's for center.  Beautiful!

We have an entire Board on Pinterest dedicated to Chain'On samples.  Check it out if you need other color ideas.  And, if you would like your photo added, just email me.   We just love to display customers work.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Portalegre' Bracelet Pattern by Eileen Barker

Before the  new CzechMate Quadratiles hit the market, the TrendSetter group received  samples of these unique four holed beads.  Because I am a member of that group, I had an opportunity to play with some samples.

I was honored when one of my submissions, Portalegre' Bracelet was featured in an ad in both Beadwork and Bead and Button magazines.  Kits are available again (after selling out twice) and here are some of the wonderful variations that have been done with this pattern.  Thank you all for the beautiful work, for bringing them into the store, and sending me photographs to post here. 

Have had many requests to do a kit
with this colorway. 

These Czech marbled beads make this version
 very exotic looking doesn't it.
Sort of matches the name
that people have trouble pronouncing.  

Beautiful sparkly version by Sharon Austin

Sandra Taylor's version.
She loves these colors and has a lot of jewelry
in this sage green and black. So, no doubt
 she can wear it with almost anything she has.

Thanks ladies, for buying the kits, making additional bracelets, selecting some wonderful colors for your second (and sometimes third versions) and for allowing me to post here.   I have more to post but didn't want to make this post too long.  Stay tuned.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bead Street Classes August 22nd, 2015

Sorry about getting this out so late.  The classes have been so full lately that it is hard to turn down requests to include any additional students.  This week's classes are brand new and did have to share these.  Photos were sent over phone and these both are so much prettier in person.  

We  have two cancellations for Sandy's class so let us know if you would like to join us for this one.

New beaded bead design using the new
CzechMate two hole Crescent Beads.
 Vezsuzsi pattern called Chalfie and starts at 2:00

Sandy strung hers on Memory Wire
 (which we have available if you need)
 but looks equally fabulous on regular beading wire.

Beth's class has a full house but I do not know about cancellations. If you would like to attend, you can check with  Beth tonight.  Email at for more information.

'Twister" by Beth - Saturday, August 22nd 1:00
Looks like an incredible project and love how many
 metal smithing classes we now have available
thanks to Beth.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Royal Bridge Bracelet By Penny Dixon

Congratulations to Penny Dixon for a very lovely design in the August September 2015 issue of Beadwork magazine.  We are very proud to call Penny one of our fabulous instructors and who is also a Beadwork 2015 designer of the year.  A very talented lady and now also very busy.

This is my version of Penny's Royal Bridge Bracelet

I used the same gold metallic CzechMate quadratiles
Penny used, but mixed in some other metallic's
 with the CzechMate 2-hole bars.

And because I love the halo firepolish colors,
had to use some of them.

The Beadwork pattern also included a great
beaded button closure

Because not all stores carry both the CzechMate Quadratiles
 and CzechMate 2-hole bars, we have kits
available that include all the beads.
Instructions not included so you will need the
August/September 2015 issue of Beadwork magazine

Closeup of the beaded button.
I can see this showing up on other designs as well.

I don't often get to bead very much but just had to do Penny's design. Thanks Penny, for a wonderful and fun project.

And now to the things I normally do, here is  another colorway sample for Sue's Gemcut Leather Wrap Bracelet - class this Saturday, July 18th, 1:00 to 4:00.  We have 5 or 6 different color kits available if you need beads. Additional kits will be available to purchase after the class as well.

Also Saturday, by special request, Beth is teaching her Love Knot Bracelet from 1:00 to 4:00.  A couple of seats still available

On July 25th, two new classes - Riveted Metal Earrings and our Sundance Brick Stitch earrings.  Photos coming soon.  These two classes are almost full - so if you are interested, give us a call to reserve your spot.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bead Street Sale!

With all the new beads lately - we need to have a retirement sale to make room for all the ones that we are expecting soon.  We are retiring some beads and  narrowing our color selection of others.

From Saturday, June 27th through Friday, July 3rd - 30% off our entire Czech Glass Wall - also includes the Czech Flowers and Leaves (on back wall) and almost all Gemstones and Freshwater Pearls on the Gemstone Wall.  Limited quantities and no back orders. 

No class this Saturday and we will be closed next Saturday for July 4th weekend.  This is your chance to buy for the holiday weekend - and at a discount no less.

Arriving in July: 150+ colors of  the fabulous New Mini-Duos (in colors to match our current stock of Super Duos. Imagine making a mini version of all the great projects we all have been making with Super Duos.

Also arriving:  37+ new colors of the Es-O bead,  plus more of the Two-hole Silky's and Kheops. For those of you who have been in recently and watched us struggle to find room for the current stock of these beads, well.. now the fun begins.  Who knew there would be so many new beads.

No class this Saturday because all our instructors are  at the Terrace Lakes Wine and Art Festival in Garden Valley. Lots of fun, wine, and jewelry and Sandy and Beth might even be selling some of their class samples.  If the heat is getting to you, might be a little relief - you can find more info on Beth's Facebook page

We've also had so many classes, it's getting very difficult to remember the names of classes, who the designer is and who was in the class. So going to try to get the completed projects posted.  If one of these belong to you - please let me know so I can update the photo.

This is called J-O-Sef Bracelet - a pattern designed by Vezsuzsi, one of our Design Team members and was taught by Sandy

Looks like a Fourth of July Celebration, doesn't it?

Here Lorraine added another bead in the center 
which changes the look.  Very pretty!

A beautiful Lacy look - which you know I love.
Lorraine beaded this one as well.

I think this is Janet's.  I get confused when
the gals use colors they don't normally use

You can get the pattern from Vezsuzsi at this link J-O-Sef Bracelet Pattern  

Hope you have a great weekend and try to stay cool.