There is so much to explore in the world of beading and we have a fun variety of ways to learn, create, relax and enjoy yourself at Laura’s Beads! Our large, separate classroom and lounge with complimentary coffee, tea and spring water provides a high level of comfort to maximize your experience.
Ready to learn something new? Every month we offer a fun variety of classes at reasonable prices — in fact, most are only $9 plus materials. You can even pre-purchase a block of classes in advance and pay as little as $5 per class if you are a frequent attendee! Your first class can be free with your purchase of materials and existing customers can earn a free class by bringing a new beader in for a class. There’s no reason not to give it a try!
- Bead-weaving: Learn the terminology, stitches and techniques that make up the beautiful art of bead-weaving. Most importantly, you’ll gain the knowledge needed to be able to read a pattern, which opens up a world of possibilities. All the while you’ll be making a variety of sparkling pieces to wear and show off your new skill! We offer small class sizes in beginner, intermediate, and even advanced levels.
- Wirework: Learn a variety of wireworking techniques that range from the traditional to free-form contemporary. Play with different gauges and shapes of wire, using tools or simply working with your hands. Let your creativity run wild with these projects!
- And More… We also offer bead-embroidery, kumihimo, loom, leather wraps and other fun techniques. Interested in learning something that is not on our calendar? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help you reach your creative goals!
Beading at home is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby, there is no doubt about it, but beading as a group is FUN! For our Bead Circles we pick a project, grab our magazines and gather in the beading room at Laura’s. The projects we choose are most often from Beadwork or Bead & Button magazine. Subscribers can bring their magazines from home, or you can purchase a copy at our shop. Bead Circle attendees should already have some knowledge of bead-weaving and a comfort level with reading patterns, however one of our staff (also known as your “Beadvisor”) is in the beading room during the session to help along the way. Your Beadvisor will also have made the piece ahead of time so that you can see what it looks like completed and will discuss her experience in making it, along with providing suggestions, tips and ideas for adaptations.
On most Saturday afternoons we open our beading room from 1:30-5:00 for our customers to come in and work on whatever they would like. Let’s face it, we all have a few “UFO”s (UnFinished Objects) at home. Maybe you got stuck on a project at home after leaving a class or bead circle and need a little help finishing up, or maybe you just need some inspiration. Either way, we have you covered. There is no charge to participate in open beading, so why not come on by?
Private Group Events
We are happy to set up a private class for groups of friends, neighbors or coworkers. Let us know what project you would be interested in and we’ll get a date and time set up to accommodate your schedule. We have cases of beautiful pieces of jewelry to choose from our shop and they range in levels. Although we always have complimentary coffee, tea and water at the shop, you’re welcome to bring in any other beverages or snacks, so make it a celebration!
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We ask that you always use supplies from Laura’s Beads when in our beading room. All our classes are held in person at our shop, we currently do not offer virtual classes. Thank you!