New This Week at Laura’s Beads – June 29

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Bead Circle Update

NEW: The “Banded Ruffled Cuff” was inspired by an older pattern published by Linda Gettings where she used the concept of stitching peyote with different size beads for more of a ruffled effect instead of the “bump” effect we more often see. We thought that was a very pretty effect so we decided to take the basic concept and come up with our own version of a ruffled cuff. We used a different combination of seed beads for a more subdued ruffle, but more significantly we added Czech 2-hole tiles down the center. Though incorporating the tiles while stitching required a very unique thread path and an odd-count turnaround, we love the way it turned out! A few criss-crossed crystals down the middle also add a little sparkle. Click on the photo for details and to reserve your seat:

Click here to find our more about our Bead Circles and see a list of all the various projects that are coming up. Some bead-weaving experience necessary to participate.

New Arrivals!

We finally received a few colors of the new “Backlit” Gemduo beads and there will be more coming soon. They are gorgeous and I just can’t wait to play with them!

And not to feel slighted, we added a few more colors of Diamonduo beads as well:

If you haven’t had a chance to see them yet, the new editions of Bead & Button and Beadwork magazines both arrived last week. I’m already stitching the bracelet version of the piece featured on the cover of Beadwork!


Classes Newly Added to Calendar

Beginner Bead-Weaving Class: The “Pyramid Band” bracelet by Deb Roberti is an easy and fun bracelet that uses the very HOT “pyramid” or “stud” beads. We love the way it can take on two completely different personalities when done in different colors — pretty in pink or modern in black, your choice! Click on the photo for details and to sign up:

Beginner Beading Class: For those of you have been waiting for Kumihimo to be offered on a Saturday, here you go! Kumihimo is the ancient Japanese art of braid making. You’ll learn how to interlace strands of cording on a disc, while dropping beads into position. If you’ve never tried it before, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this very unique form of beading! Click on the photo for details and to sign up:

Click here to find our more about our Classes and see a list of all the various projects that are coming up.

Please note that we will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, to celebrate Independence Day. We hope all of you have a fun and safe holiday!

Until next time, have a sparkling week and happy beading!


Remember, if you are interested in making any of the projects shown in our emails, but are not in the area to join in, you can now purchase all the necessary supplies on!

Many of the patterns are available through popular magazines or websites, which will be indicated on our website when you click on any of the projects above, so that you can view a materials list. If it’s an original pattern, simply email Laura at and let her know what you are looking for. Original patterns are typically available by request after the Bead Circle sessions have been completed.

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