Beads on the Kennebec

Beads on the Kennebec, located in Augusta, Maine is a premier beading store, conventiently located, offering a huge variety of beads, beading supplies, and classes for the beginning, as well as advanced, beader.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Crimpers and Knotter and Knitters....Oh Joy!!!

SANTA paid a visit to the shop over the weekend and brought some brand new toys for all your beading joys. Check out these hot, new tools that are designed to make your beading experience easier and therefore even more FUN!!

First up is the newest innovation in crimping. The 1 STEP CRIMPER. Just position your crimp tube, squeeze once and you have a perfectly formed and tightly fastened crimp. No more squeezing, turning, squeezing and slipping off the crimp and making several passes before you get it right! One squeeze and you are done!
 Next up, the brand new EASYKNOTTER!, And this is the easiest knotter, this beader has ever seen!  I’ve been asked on more than one occasion to teach a class on KNOTTING.  I admit, I’ve been putting it off because, well, everyone has their forte and knotting has never been one of mine.  Some people can make perfect, consistent knots every time.  I may go along fine for a few and then one isn’t snug enough or is too tight and slips inside the bead.  Wanting perfection, I usually start all over again until I get it right.  What a waste of cord (and time).  Well, wait until you try the newest and easiest knotter to come along.  Even I have fun knotting now!  Just make a very loose knot, pass your end beads through the loop, place the loose knot on the pin in the center of the board and slide the knot to the previous bead.  You can knot one bead after the other as with pearls or, use the hand measures on the board to space your knotted beads out along the piece.  Sooooooooooooooo easy and actually fun to do.  Check it out.  you’ll never go back to other methods.
Last but certainly not least is the LAZEE DAIZE VIKING KNITTER. If you love doing Viking Knit or would like to try it but think it’s complicated and time consuming, you must try this new Viking Knitter. No more taping a starter piece to a dowel and struggling to get the end of the wire under the next loop. This knitter gets you started in a snap, expands as the chain does and finishing is a breeze!

All three of these innovative tools are in house for you to try. All will make your beading experience even more enjoyable! And, let’s face it, that’s why we bead. To enjoy the creative experience.

Take a break from shopping, wrapping and traffic! Stop in and have some fun with these super new tools.

There are also plenty of earring kit and quick supplies to make last minute gifts (or something to go with that new holiday sweater you got for yourself) and you can still earn BEAD BUCKS, through Friday, Christmas Eve.

Reminder of HOLIDAY HOURS:
I’ll be open TUESDAY – THURSDAY FROM 10-5, and FRIDAY, (CHRISTMAS EVE) FROM 10-2. CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY! I will be closed next week for inventory and will reopen on Tuesday, January 4th for regular business hours.

If I don’t see you have a wonderful Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

Happy Beading,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Hours and BEAD BUCKS!!!

For the past several years I’ve put together a Basket Full of Beads and Beading supplies worth over $250 and you were able to earn chances toward winning it.  Everyone had fun earning chances and dreaming of winning that big, beautiful basket.  There was just one problem.  There was only one winner.  This year I’ve decided to share the wealth and the fun for everyone!  Instead of a “Beading Basket Give-a-way, You can earn BEAD BUCKS which equal money in your pocket to spend later.   From now through Christmas Eve, for every $25 you spend, you will receive $5 in BEAD BUCKS which you can redeem just like cash in January.  Redemption will be the last week of January 2011 and there is no minimum purchase required in order to redeem them.   It’s a win-win for you.  Buy the items you need now to finish up your Holiday Gifts and earn money to spend next year on something new and wonderful for yourself.  (Incidentally, the timing on redemption will put you in good shape for Valentine’s Day items and gifts).  So, come on in and earn for next year, while you finish up this year! 

The shop will be open for normal hours (Tuesday – Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3) for this week.
The shop will be open for normal hours Tuesday, December 21st – Thursday, December 23rd.
The shop will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 pm on Friday, December 24th (Christmas Eve). (Make sure those getting gift certificates know about the early closing)
The shop will be CLOSED SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25TH (Christmas Day), and Closed for the following week for INVENTORY.
We will reopen January 3rd and resume normal business hours.
So, take advantage of BEAD BUCKS and stock up to hold you over until January.