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, June 27, 2012

July 4th closing. Awesome classes! More TRUNK SHOWS!!

HOLIDAY CLOSING: The shop will be close as usual next Sunday and Monday and will be closed on TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY as well for a long 4th of July weekend.  Please plan your shopping accordingly.  Your Patronage is greatly appreciated.
CLOSED: JULY 1st – 4th.

Hi All,
Well the 4th of July is just a week away!  The weather man is predicting a great couple of days for the 4th, but a bit of unsettled weather in between.  Don’t fret about the rainy days.  When Mother Nature gives you rain, make Beautiful Beaded Jewelry.  I know that’s my favorite way to spend a rainy day.  Or come on into the shop and browse all the lovely Bling in air conditioned comfort.  Then you’ll have everything you need in your stash bag to take to camp!  There are also a couple of great classes to give you new projects to play with over the long weekend. 

Another rainy day pastime that I love to indulge in is giving myself a pampering pedicure.  What better way to show off you newly buffed and polished tootsies than with BAREFOOT BEAUTY!  You can learn to make this fabulous foot jewelry tomorrow night.  That’s THURSDAY, JUNE 28TH, from 6-8 P.M..  I’ve test walked these around the house and yard and they are durable and comfortable and just make your feet feel so pretty!  Fun and whimsical, a real summer treat!  There are a few seats left, so call today and reserve yours.  I’ll guide you through the steps.  Skill Level: Novice (some basic experience in wrapped loops is recommended.  If in doubt, call me.)  Fee: $25

SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH, from 10:30-12:30 is your last chance for a while to attend a NETTED ROPE BRACELET class.  This class is being replaced in next quarter’s line-up by two new favorites of Odin’s.  (See below).  This class has been so wildly popular it’s filled as soon as I’ve posted it.  This Saturday, there are still a couple of seats available.  So if you’ve been wanting to take the class, now is your chance because you won’t see it again for a while.  This is one of those pieces that look daunting, but, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to create.  So much fun to make, many students have kept right on going and made their bracelets into beautiful necklaces.  I always get compliments on mine, and you will, too!  Taught by Odin.  Skill Level: Beginner.  Fee: $25  Cost for materials is quite reasonable, too.

Here are some samples of what you can do with the technique.
Necklace by: Rosemary Weymouth

Once the holiday is over, we begin our 3rd QUARTER CLASS SCHEDULE.  The email of new classes was sent out last week.  If you missed it, you can go to the website for the full schedule with photos!  Use this link: 

We’ll start the quarter off with a bang! (pun intended)  ODIN is up first on SATURDAY, JULY 7TH, with another fabulously fascinating technique!  CELLINI SPIRAL! Learn a new stitch and create a spectacular new bracelet. The Cellini spiral is a modified version of tubular even count peyote with different size beads creating the spiral. This stitch looks amazingly like Beaded Crochet when using different size beads, but, you'll achieve the look without tearing your hair out!  You'll have fun creating this artistic bracelet and get many compliments on the finished piece. Register early! This class is bound to be as popular as most of Odin's classes.  Class time: 10:30 – 12:30.  Skill Level: Novice (some experience with hand weaving recommended).  Fee: $25

ODIN will be here all day on SATURDAY, JULY 7TH, and will present her Oh, So, Pretty and Ever Popular STARFLOWER EARRINGS from 1-3 in the afternoon.  These pretty, breeze, easy earrings will add sparkle to any day you wear them. One of the easier Japanese Weaves, it's a great project to start with. Seasoned weavers will enjoy whipping them up in colors to match every outfit or as great quick gifts. Call and register for your seat and learn this lovely art form. SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER.  Tuition $25.00
I wear these with my Garden Necklace and Flower Garland Bracelet.

THURSDAY, JULY 12TH   and WEDNESDAY, JULY 18TH, kicks off our annual CHRISTMAS IN JULY classes with the incredibly elegant VICTORIAN CRYSTAL HEIRLOOM ORNAMENT, from 6-8 P.M..  This piece is so beautiful it will take your breath away. This is one piece that will be handed down for generations, gaining value (sentimental and monetary) with each passing year. In the first class, we'll begin making the netted cover. The second class we'll secure it over the glass ball and systematically add the crystal drops. Done in Czech fire polished crystals, this piece is not as complicated as it looks. It is basic netting with embellishments and ideal for a beader who is new to hand weaving. They are fun to do as well. Start now and you will have time to enough to cover your tree or complete your gift list. Making one of these magnificent orbs always gives me an Olde Fashioned Holiday feeling. SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER.  Fee: $45 (includes both classes)

MIG LEMIRE will be here on SATURDAY, JULY 14TH, for two fabulous WIREWORKS classes!  If you loved the Wire Sculpting class with Mig, you'll love BORDERWRAP. The second in the WIREWORKS series, this class teaches you how to showcase a cabochon or other flat backed stone by incasing the edges in a neatly bound wire wrap. You'll learn to create exquisite sterling silver filled or gold filled border wrapped slides and pendants. Bring your own stones or pick from our beautiful selections. (This is a standalone class. You do not need to have taken Wire Sculpting to accomplish this technique. This technique will spring board you into many other wire wrapped pieces). Class time: 10:30-12:30.  SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER.  Fee: $65

Wire work by Mig Lemire, dichroic cabochons by Rebecca Conry.

Love these beautiful dichroic cabs?  Would you love to have your very own?  See below for information on a NEW TRUNK SHOW!!

In the afternoon from 1-3 P.M., you can set your spirit and your style free with these fabulously flowing earrings by Mig. A little wire, a little Swarovski and a whole lot of fun! Much easier to make than you'd imagine. Mig will show you how. Stop in to see them in person! This class is sure to fill fast, so call to register today! Tuition $65.00.

July has stacked up to be a real TRUNK SHOW HAPPENING!!  In addition to BEAD EXPRESS which will be in house through JULY 14TH, we will also be hosting:

REBECCA CONRY will be here in person on SATURDAY, JULY 14TH, with her fabulous DICHROIC GLASS CABOCHONS.  Meet her, ask questions and hear about how these fabulous works of art are created.  See why her dichroic cabs are sought after by wire and jewelry artist.  Get to purchase your own at a special, below retail, show price!!

This is just a miniscule sample of what is in store for you at the Trunk Show!

Last but by no means least, renowned pottery artist KEITH O’CONNOR will be here on FRIDAY AND SATURDAY JULY 27th and 28TH, with a huge collection of his fantastic RAKU, POTTERY AND PORCELAIN BEADS!!  Keith’s beads have been featured countless times on covers and in articles in some of the top beading magazines in the country.  While he is here, he’ll answer your questions on what goes in to making these wonderful works of art and show you a few tricks on how to use them, as well!  We’ll make it a sizzling, summer party!! With treats and beverages.  So, come on in for food, fun and fabulous beads with one of America’s finest bead artists!!

Just a few samples of Keith’s work!!:

From large to small, bicones, tubes, round, square, embossed, starfish, leaves, Celtic, stars, buttons…….   And that’s just to name a few of what you’ll see.

So, mark your calendars and be here for Rebecca, be here for Keith, be here for both!!  You won’t want to miss either of these wonderfully artistic people and their wonderful wares!!


Register for classes early.  You don’t want to miss out on your favorites.  Stop in and browse the bling!  Always love to see you and what you’ve been beading up!!

Happy Beading,

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hot Classes and New Trunk Show Items!!

As the temperatures rise later this week, prepare for some HOT Classes, too!  Not to worry, though.  The A/C is on here at the shop so you’ll be cool and comfortable during those sizzling classes! 

Starting this Thursday, June 21st, from 6-8 P.M. we have the GARDEN CHOKER by bead artist Deborah Roberti.  As fresh as a summer breeze and as pretty as a picture, just seeing this gorgeous choker makes you think of sunshine and flowers. This fabulous piece by Deborah Roberti is as fun to make as it is to wear. Pearls and crystals in a triangular weave extend from a right-angle weave chain. This one fits closer to the throat but you can make it any length you desire. A stunning piece for wedding or prom wear, or just because it makes you feel good!  It’s a perfect complement to the FLOWER GARLAND BRACELET Odin taught earlier this month.  Your choice of colors will make it uniquely yours. Skill Level: Beginner/Novice (some hand weaving experience recommended), (If you’ve done Chevron Channels and/or Jewel of India, you’ll easily complete this piece).  Tuition $25.00.

On Saturday June 23rd, there are only one or two seats left for RUSSIAN LEAVES with Marie Jacques. What fun these fabulous leaves are to create and fashion into unique pieces. Arrange several as a focal on a necklace, dangle them for earrings, or make many and layer them for a full leafy necklace. These are fun to make and work up quickly. Use different sizes of seed beads to make an entirely different look. This is also a great exercise in shaped peyote stitch. Next step? Bead sculpture, perhaps? Skill Level: Novice (experience in basic flat peyote stitch is recommended).  Tuition $25.00.

Don’t wait to register for BAREFOOT BEAUTY, next Thursday June 27th.  Summer is the time for bare skin and bling. Why should your feet feel deprived. A bit of wire, a smattering of fire polished crystals and you'll have the prettiest feet on the beach (or padding around the pool). Free your spirit as you free your feet in these awesome "sole less sandals". You'll also be a master at wrapped loops by the time you are through. Skill level: Novice (some basic experience in wrapped loops recommended).  Tuition: $25

For the first time since we started offering this class, there are a couple of seats left for the NETTED ROPE BRACELET  on Saturday, June 30th.  It will not be offered next quarter.  So, if you’ve wanted to learn the technique, call and reserve your seat today!  See more details on line at:

Some NEW ITEMS have come in to add to the already fabulous TRUNK SHOW ITEMS!
PENDANTS, ready to hang on your favorite beaded necklace (spiral rope, crocheted rope, Kumihimo braid, etc…, including:
LAPIS PENDANTS                                                       

CAGED AGATES                                            


There are also hammered toggles at 50 cents a set in a variety of metals.            

Love Bling?  How about these woven balls made entirely of bicone crystals?

Come in for the classes, come in for the Trunk Show, come in just to cool off after your walk on the Rail Trail.  Come in and say Hi!  I always love to see what you’ve been Beading!   See you soon and ,
Happy Beading,
SAT 10-3

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Final Week of the Trunk Show

Well, we’re in the FINAL WEEK OF THE BEAD EXPRESS TRUNK SHOW!!  Seems like I just got it hung and it’s almost time to take it down.  If you haven’t been in to see this fabulous variety of beads and findings, I urge you to stop in.  As of next Wednesday, June 6th, it will be all gone!  Look for my ad in this week’s What’s Happening section of the KJ/Morning Sentinel.  Bring the ad in and get a free surprise.

This week’s classes:
Jewel of India on Thursday night is full.  If you would like to take this class next quarter, call and place your name on a waiting list for first dibs.  It’s wonderful summer bracelet fun!!

Odin is back with one of her most popular design. The gradient pendant is one of the easier Japanese Weaving projects and one of the prettiest and most interesting, too. This is a wonderful piece to begin your journey into the art of Japanese Weaving. Choose dark to light shades of the same color to achieve the gradient effect or make it a rainbow of colors. Either way, it's beautiful, easy, interesting and will create interest where ever you wear it. It also makes a great zipper pull or cell phone/purse ornament. Skill Level: Novice (some hand weaving experience is recommended).  Tuition: $25.00, with: ODIN

Stop in often.  New items arrive.  The stock moves around.  You just might see something you never noticed before!  See you soon and,
Happy Beading,

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bracelet Classes Galore! New Kumihimo Findings!

Hi All,
Bummer about the rain.  We need it though.  Just think of all the trees and shrubs that will be bursting forth very soon.  The good news we can stay in and bead to our hearts content!  If you can’t be outdoors among the butterflies and flowers, you can create your own.  Starting with:

Dainty, delicate and light as a breeze, this lovely little bracelet is sure to be one of your most favorite pieces. Everyone who sees it will want one too. But that's ok. Once you learn how to put it together, you'll be making dozens for birthday and holiday giving. It's the kind of bracelet that any age group will love to wear. This class fills fast so call and reserve your seat today. Skill Level: Novice (some stringing or hand weaving experience recommended) Photo doesn't do this piece justice. Stop in to see in person.  Tuition $25.00, with Linda.

Another of Lori Holt’s most popular designs (and a fabulously easy and elegant gift) is the Crystal Scallop Bracelet. Back by popular demand this dainty and delicate design, has become a favorite of many who have taken the class. It's a variation on right angle weave, done in crystals and pearls with seed bead embellishments. You can keep it monochromatic or mix up the colors for a truly unique piece. You'll find it works up quickly so you'll be able to make a few for the special gals on your gift list. (You'll want to keep a couple for yourself though). This piece appeals to the younger set as well as us young at heart gals. Come see it in person to really appreciate it's beauty. SKILL LEVEL: NOVICE (Some hand weaving experience recommended).  Tuition $35.00, taught by Linda 

Love those little two-hole Tila beads but don't know what to do with them? Make flowers! Lori's lovely Tila Flower bracelet is worked in sections and then joined together. You will love creating it, wearing it and all the compliments you'll receive. This is a popular class and books fast. Reserve your seat early. Skill Level: Novice (some experience with hand weaving recommended)Tuition $35.00, taught by Linda

New items:
Just in, tiny metal hearts and stars.  Perfect as spacers or earring embellishment. 

Lots of new Kumihimo findings just arrived!  Clasp sets that include toggle, end caps and pendant ring to hang a focal bead on your lovely braid, in silver and gold.

Larger 8mm end caps for the thicker cord.

Assorted pendant rings in assorted metals.

Looking for a fun little gift for Mom (of yourself)?  Check out these whimsical little scissors.  Great for all needle and thread projects and just $3.99.

The BEAD EXPRESS TRUNK SHOW will start to arrive the end of this week.  Once checked in and hung you can look for the display by end of next week.  There will be an official announcement, but, if you happen to be in the shop while it’s being hung, you just might get first dips on some fabulous favorites.  Stop in often and check out all of the beading possibilities.  In the meantime, have fun, see you soon and,

Happy Beading,
SAT 10-3

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hi All!
Another beautiful day here in Vacationland!  It’s been great weather to be outdoors for yard clean up, or just taking a walk.  The rail trail is nearby and a great place to take a stroll, breathe the sweet spring air while watching nature come alive once more.  While you’re close by, you can stop in and see what is shiny and new for spring right here in the shop.  Spring reminds me of the beauty of nature.  And you can express your love of nature beautifully with Vintaj antiqued metal components.  Take a couple of copper blanks and add a filigree leaf or bird and voila!  You have earrings that will be the talk of the office.  We’ve had fun with Mig doming, punching and fastening metal shapes into fabulous jewelry.  It’s easy with the right tools.  They are here, easy to use and affordable.  There are plenty of new books to inspire you, too. 

Blanks and tools      

I made these punched blank and enameled penny earrings in under five minutes!  (Enameled Pennies by Maureen Connolly.  New colors are on their way!)

There is a restock of Swarovski Crystal Pearls including a cool new “Bronze”.  Rich looking against a summer tan.  Of course there are plenty of the traditional white, cream and the beautiful Rosaline pink!

Classes this week include:
ONCE UPON A PROM by Bead Artist Katie Hacker
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 6:00-8:00 P.M.
This beautiful Prom, Wedding or Just Because I want Bling bracelet is a design by artist Katie Hacker and first appeared in the October/November 2006 issue of Beadwork Magazine. The color of the crystals used in her original piece inspired the name. The crystals were the color of a favorite prom dress. But this lovely piece is stunning in any color of crystal to match any outfit. Using colored beading wire and 6mm bicone crystals, this is an easy piece to create with basic stringing knowledge. Make this bracelet to match your “STARRY NIGHT NECKLACE from two weeks ago!  Katie Hacker is an author of numerous beading books and has conducted beading classes for "Beads, Baubles and Jewels" on PBS. The bracelet was first taught here in April of 2010 with Katie's permission.

Want to make Mom a special something to show how much you care?  You can make a beautiful Mother’s or Family Bracelet  in our BEADING BASICS CLASS, SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 10:30-2:30.  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! Skill Level: Beginner

A little more advanced version, but still doable in class.  Use letter beads to name family members.

Next week, learn Basic Peyote Stitch and Basic Loom Bead Weaving.  Stop in to see samples or check out the schedule online at   for details.

A new trunk show will be arriving soon so keep an eye on the emails.  Enjoy the weather, have a wonder day and, 
Happy Beading,

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shop Hours for Easter Weekend

Hi All,
The Shop will be CLOSED this Saturday, April 6th for a long “Spring Holiday” weekend.  With Easter and Passover all in the same weekend, it’s a double spring delight.  Hope the weather holds so we can all get outdoors and fully enjoy it! 

If you still need to get your “Spring Bling” together, I’m offering a holiday special that will help.  There’s a basket full of brightly colored eggs on the counter here at the shop.  Come in and gather what you need for your jewelry making projects.  When you get to the register to check out, you may select an egg.  Inside the egg will be a chocolaty treat and a special discount ranging anywhere from 10% to 50% off your entire purchase.  The only exclusions are gift certificates and classes and any other promotions.  It’s a great time to check out the ton of new beading books that have just arrived.  There is quite a selection for everyone from the new beader to the more practiced hand, on every topic from basic stringing to, hand and loom weaving and wire working as well.  Supplies are limited, so shop early before your favorites are gone. 

And don’t forget to check out the lovely German Glass that is here for a limited time from EYE CANDY BEADS in California.

There is one space left in the STARRY NIGHT CHOKER class for this Thursday, April, 4th.  Call today FMI or to reserve your seat if you would like to make this lovely, light and airy piece.  Perfect for spring and summer attire!

Get ready now for next week!  There are three fabulous classes being offered and all are quite popular, so, book early!

First is the sensational
This is one of those must have pieces. This beautiful design by Joetta Payne first appeared in the June 2003 Bead & Button magazine. This triangular variation of Right-angle weave is not for the beginning bead weaver, but if you have some hand weaving experience, particularly with right-angle weave, you will do just fine. Those of you who have become fans of Japanese Weaving will love the progression of this bracelet. The photo doesn't do justice to the piece. Do stop in and see it in person. If you are a "crow" like me, you'll just have to have one.

Next Saturday, Mig is back with some wonderful Wire Work.  First up is  BORDERWRAP, SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH, 10:30-12:30, W/ MIG LEMIRE, FEE: $65
If you loved the Wire Sculpting class with Mig, you'll love Border Wrap.  The second in the WIREWORKS series, this class teaches you how to showcase a cabochon or other flat backed stone by incasing the edges in a neatly bound wire wrap.  You'll learn to create exquisite sterling silver filled or gold filled border wrapped slides and pendants.  Bring your own stones or pick from our beautiful selections.  (This is a standalone class.  You do not need to have taken Wire Sculpting to accomplish this technique). SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER 
Dichroic pendant by Rebecca Conry wrapped in gold filled wire.

In the afternoon, back by popular request is CELTIC TWIST BRACELET: SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH, 1-3 PM, W/MIG LEMIRE, FEE: $65
Whether you’re Irish or not, you will love this neat little bracelet in one of the easiest twists you’ll ever do.  It looks intricate and lacy, but, so very easy.  If you’ve never worked with wire before, this is a great project to begin with.  You’ll have a great looking finished piece in no time.  It’s stunning in Sterling, silver filled, or copper or brass wire.  Whatever you choice, it’s a great way to begin your journey into the wonderful world of “Wire Working”.   Skill Level: Beginner

There will be new pearls and bicone crystals arriving on Wednesday!  So if you’ve been waiting for new colors for those Netted Rope bracelets that people are clamoring for, come in Thursday and Friday and stock up! 

Speaking of the Netted Rope, I have seen so many beautiful ropes created by everyone who has taken the class.  I have to share one that I found to be especially creative.  This rope by Rosemary Weymouth was created using three colors of 4mm pearls and arranged to create a subtle, color twist.  When she didn’t have a clasp that she thought fitting, she joined the ends together for a continuous rope that slips comfortably over her head.  This just shows you what a great technique and a little innovation can produce.  Great job Rosemary!

I have a new photo for you!  The only picture that I didn’t have when the schedule went out last week was the FLOWER GARLAND BRACELET that will be presented by Odin on June 2nd.  Here it is!!  For more info on the class, check out the website under classes.  Click this link to get there

Come in for the books, come in for the trunk show, come in for the discounts, come in for the CHOCOLATE!  Come in and see all the lovely class pieces up close and personal.  Just come on in and say Hello and,

Happy Beading, Happy Spring!
SAT 10-3

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Beads and Class Reminders

The Netted Rope Bracelet class has been so popular that it has booked to capacity each time it has been offered.   A class date has opened up on Saturday, March 24 for anyone on the waiting list or anyone who couldn’t make prior Netted Rope classes, to be able to learn this lovely technique.  This will replace the RUSSIAN LEAVES class which will be offered again next quarter. Call as soon as possible to reserve a seat in the March 24th Netted Rope class.  The class will run from 10:30-12:30.  Class fee is $25 and will be taught by Odin.  Call or check the class schedule on the website:  for more details on the project.

The GOTHIC ARCHES CHOKER  and BEADING BASICS classes this week are booked.  Watch for these classes on future schedules. 

There is still room in next week’s WIRE AND CYRSTAL CUFF BRACELET class.  WIRE AND CRYSTAL CUFF on THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Whether you're using hues of pinks, purples or blues, harvest colors or metallic, this captivating cuff draws attention wherever you go. Its style is so classic yet organic combining the movement of pounded metal, sparkling crystals and freshwater pearls. It's a real show stopper and makes a fabulous special gift that will be appreciated year round. Much easier than it looks, and so much fun. If you don't have a stash of leftover pearls, crystals and spacers, the Swarovski Trend Mix Tubes (a color blended combo of pearls and crystals in a mix of sizes) give you an economical option. You can also use two-hole gemstone sliders for an earthier look. Skill Level: Beginner, Tuition $25.00, W/ Linda.

The second quarter class schedule will be out shortly.  Watch for it and book early.  Classes have been filling quickly and you won’t want to miss a moment of the fun and inspiration these classes offer.

New Items in house:  Rebecca Conry was here last Saturday with some of her new, and wonderful Dichroic Glass Cabs.  Photos do not do justice to these wonderful works of art. So, stop in for an up close and personal look at these beautiful reflections of nature.

New Gemstones in house:
Fossil Crinoids, turquoise skulls, faceted Brazilian Rhodonite

12mm Labradorite, 6mm tourmaline rounds, 8mm Amethyst rounds, 6mm Amazonite and Rainbow Snowflake Jasper ovals

Onyx ovals, 10mm Matte onyx rounds, Amazonite ovals and faceted rounds (high quality), 8mm Lapis rounds, 12mm Red Tiger Eye, Wood Agate Barrels

Black Stone irregular shapes (great for wire wrapping), Sardonyx Chrysocolla, green grass agate.

For those who have been waiting for the Doming Blocks for hammered metal work, they arrived today. 

And more arriving daily for spring!  See you soon and,
Happy Beading,