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, May 25, 2011

"Loose Change" Contest Deadline; Upcoming Classes and New Arrivals

Get your glitter on and let it shine!  We finally have some SUN!! 

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the “LOOSE CHANGE” Challenge with a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate.  Deadline is this Friday, May 27th, at 5:00 P.M., with judging to take place on Saturday.  Winner will be announced next Tuesday, via email and posted in the shop.  Visit the the website for contest rules. 

Get your summer beading off to a great start this Saturday, May 28th, from 10:30-12:30 where Marie Jacques will guide you through “BEADING BASICS”.  This class is a must for the beginning bead enthusiast or for anyone interested in brushing up their beading skills. Learn how to use the tools and materials available to create and finish your own wearable art. Some attention will also be given to color, shape and balance. These techniques will spring you forth into the world of beading with the confidence it takes to create your own designs! Focus will be on single strand necklace or bracelet and basic drop earrings.
Sample of Basic Beading by Debbie Potter

Here’s a heads up for next week’s very special classes.  Both favorites and back by popular demand.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2,2011 6:00-8:00PM
Many folks visiting the shop have been asking for a class on these pretty little earrings. Hand weave a vine of flowers in Swarovski crystals and seed beads. This is an easy project for a spring evening. You'll want to make several to match all your spring and summer dresses. Skill Level: Novice (Some hand weaving recommended)

SATURDAY, JUNE 4,2011 10:30-2:30
Beaded cabochons are so striking they almost take your breath away. But, are they as daunting to make as they look? NO! Robin will lead you through the process and you'll be making your own beaded cabs. You'll be turning them out for winning gifts in no time. I also find beading “Cabs” a relaxing project for a summer afternoon or evening on the porch or at camp.  Schedule early, this class fills fast. SKILL LEVEL: NOVICE (Some hand weaving recommended).
beaded cabochon picture by Robin Stuart

 Bring your own cabochon or  choose from our selection of stunning cabs!
Don’t forget to register for BEADER’S NIGHT OUT!  It’s a FREE evening of beading with old and new friends.  Work your current project with the shop stock at your disposal and commune with other beaders. There is no charge for this time, but seating is limited, so reserve your seat today!
There is a great selection of summery beads and focals and more arrive weekly.  Stop in often and see what’s new.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

"Loose Change" Contest Rules and Information


design idea


Deadline to submit designs: Friday, MAY 27TH 2011, by close of store.
All designs must be submitted with complete entry form. (see website for downloadable form)
Designs must incorporate Maureen Connolly’s  “COMMON CENTS” enameled pennies.   Designs must be original and must fall into one of the following wearable categories - Necklace, bracelet, brooch or earrings.
Entries must be submitted with complete materials list.  80% of materials must come from BOTK.
Designs may be by a single person or a collaboration.
Judging will take place on Saturday, May 28t h, 2011, after close of business.
Winners will be announced via email on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
All entries will be available for pick-up on June 4th and all items must be picked-up by June 11th, 2011.
Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Beads on the Kennebec.
(See Linda for any special considerations)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Loose Change" Contest and New Items in the Shop

There are a lot more of Maureen Connolly’s  “COMMON CENTS” enameled pennies in stock.  It’s been great fun for me to see what customers are planning to do with them.

 Hey, that gives me an idea!  How about a little CONTEST?  Starting now through May 30th, enter your own unique design using these “COMMON CENTS” pennies.  The Winner, selected from a panel of Beads on the Kennebec instructors, will be awarded a $50 gift certificate! Show us how these fun little coins can put some “Change” in your pocket!

Things you should know:
There is a restock of Chinese bicone and rondell strands in favorite colors (and a few new ones).
There is a restock of glass pearls in more springy colors, too.

Also new:
Pink Quartz Hearts.  Pretty wrapped in wire or keep one in your pocket as a Gratitude Stone! 
Delicious, gemstone donuts. Fun to use and always Fat Free!

Aqua Terra Discs in purple make great spacers.

 Cathedral Beads in black and gold are pretty accent beads.

These are just a few items to inspire you.  Stop in and browse the shop.  You’ll find all sorts of unique items to incorporate into your one of a kind pieces!