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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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’CONNORwill 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!!:
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.
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!!
REBECCA CONRY: SATURDAY, JULY 14TH from 10:30-3:00!
KEITH O’CONNOR: FRIDAY, JULY 27TH AND SATURDAY, JULY 28TH, from 10:30 to Closing!
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
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
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:
are also hammered toggles at 50 cents a set in a variety of metals.
Love Bling? How about these woven balls made entirely of
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 ,