New This Week at Laura’s Beads – January 10

Snowbird Season is Here!

A big warm Florida welcome back to all our friends from up north! We are excited to have you here joining us and we are offering a wonderful selection of projects already on our calendar and more projects in the works.

Please keep in mind that our sessions do tend to fill during the winter, so be sure to sign up quickly for anything that you’e interested in. Also please be sure to let us know as far in advance as possible if you have to cancel a session reservation so we have adequate time to contact the next person on the waiting list.

Bead Circle Update

NEW: One of our beaders recently brought in her completed “Drop Petal Necklace”  and we all just fell in love with the elegant simplicity of this piece. We decided then and there it needed to be a Bead Circle Project! After stitching your row of petals you can finish it off by stringing more beads or with chain, as you can see from our two samples. We know you’ll enjoy Deb Roberti’s easy-to-follow instructions too. 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.

Classes Newly Added to Calendar

Specialty Class: Every winter we are very excited to have Beth Cox, a glass expert from Michigan, visit our shop with all her supplies and creativity. Using pieces of stained glass, canes, millefiori, chips and more, you’ll cut, stack and glue to create custom pendants, pins, earrings, windchime dangles and more. The assembled pieces are kiln fired off-site and then returned to us within 2 weeks of class. Click on the photo for details and to sign up:

Her last session on Thursday still has space — don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to play with glass! 

Important Note for Students who have taken this class previously: Like last year, we will again split the group so that you can begin working on your pieces immediately while the new students are given the orientation.

Intermediate Bead-Weaving Class: This is called “rag rug peyote” because when the bracelet is finished it looks an awful lot like a rag rug, doesn’t it? It’s a fun, very free-form technique where you’ll use a variety of beads in various counts to create this look. Click on the photo for details and to sign up:

Beginner Bead-Weaving Stitch Workshop: This Stitch Workshop will teach you how to create the beautiful and popular Russian Spiral. You can make a necklace or a bracelet, but once you get the hang of it and see how easy it is, you’ll probably want to make both! The necklaces are wonderful for combining with your beaded pendants. There are many variations you can play with once you learn this stitch, using a variety of bead types for endless looks. Click on the photo for details and to sign up:

Beginner Class: Learn how to knot pearls in the traditional way using silk cording and a special bent-nose tweezer tool. Initially you’ll be working with our beautiful selection of glass pearls, mixing in crystals here and there for sparkle. Once you learn the technique you’ll have the ability to restring real vintage pearls you might already have at home and repair those family heirlooms! 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.

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.

Laura’s Beads | 8143 State Rd 52, Hudson FL 34667 |  727-495-0803  |