Newsletter will be available September 5

Star's newsletter with all our upcoming classes for the Fall will be available online on September 5. It will be available in print at the shop a little earlier- please stop by to pick up a copy.

Facebook us! You will get the sneak peek online, just go to

Registration begins Monday September 8 at 10:00 AM.

Beading and Jewelry Classes in the Washington DC Area

Registration begins Monday September 8 at 10:00 AM.

We hate to disappoint you by canceling a class. We cancel classes when we don't have enough students. Our policy is to make a decision about canceling a class three days in advance of the date of the class. Please register earlier than this if possible, to help us hold the class you'd like to take!

Mak Studio - Raku

August 16th - 24th

Mak Studio at Star's Beads

Marianne Kasparian is the creator of funky, down to earth, eclectic handmade ceramic raku pendants, beads, buttons, cabochons, jewelry and decor. Her inspiration and designs are unbelievable so do not miss her beautiful works of art this month!

Kazuri Beads

September 19th - 21st

Kazuri Beads at Star's Beads

Kazuri, the Swahili word for 'small and beautiful' produces a wide range of handmade, hand painted ceramic jewelry that shines with a kaleidoscope of African colors and Kenyan art that reflects a culture and appeal to a worldwide fashion market. Come see One Good Bead!'s collection of Kazuri beads along with other interesting fair trade products from around the world.

New Layout

To help you find the classes that you want, we have established new categories for your ease. The categories are: Assorted Classes, Metal Classes, Mixed Media Classes, Polymer Clay Classes, Precious Metal Clay Classes, Seed Bead Classes, and Wire Working Classes. *The new classes are listed first under each category and highlighted with an asterisk (*NEW) instead of one section.

Books for Myanmar

Star, Kay's mother, is gathering children's books to start a library in a poor suburb of Rangoon, Myanmar (formerly Burma). Star taught at a small International School there in the l970's. She is working with some of her former Burmese colleagues to set up a library and a school where children can learn English. Knowing English is the key to getting jobs now that Burma has opened its doors to tourism and investment. You can drop of boxes and bags of children's books at the shop. The goal is to collect 1,000 books.


Welcome to the Star's Beads website. Welcome!

Star's Beads has served the Washington, DC Metro Area for 16 amazing years. We're located at 139 A Church Street, NW, Vienna, Virginia about 12 miles from Washington, DC. (Get directions!) We offer 1200 square feet of glass beads, jewelry, freshwater pearls, crystals, seedbeads, and beading classes. We also offer a wide selection of clasps and chain through

Classes this Semester:

Download the printable newsletter about upcoming events and classes. In order to take classes, you must register.

Registration Begins!

Monday, June 2nd at 10:00 AM.

There are three ways to register. Mail a check with a note designating the class(es) along with your phone number and return information, call 703 938-7018 to register by phone with a credit card, or come in person. A supply list will be given or mailed.

$25 One-Hour Beginning Jewelry Tutorial

Do you want make a simple necklace, bracelet, or earrings but feel like you don't have time to learn? Let Star's Beads show you that you do have time. With a few simple techniques from our excellent instructors, soon you'll be wearing your own handmade creations. Let us help you get started... but we warn you, beading is addictive!

Times and dates are flexible. Kit included along with take home instructions. Please contact us or ask a sales associate in the shop for more information or to schedule your one-on-one instruction.

Beading Table in the Shop!

Please feel welcome to bring your projects to the shop and bead at the table provided. Enjoy complimentary beading boards, tools, and help from the sales assistants whenever possible! Weekdays are better for more personalized attention from our personnel.

Materials for Classes

Besides the charges listed in this newsletter, most classes also require that the student purchase or bring supplies. A confirmation/supply list is given at the time of registration. The supply needs are included on that sheet. Some classes may also have a supply or kit fee. See below.

Supply and Kit Fees

As you can see from the class listings, many classes have a supply or a kit fee. These fees are payable to the instructor on the day of the class. Most of our instructors are not able to take credit cards for these fees, so we ask that you use cash or checks for payment. Your cooperation is appreciated!

Tools for Classes

We encourage students to purchase or bring their own tools for classes. However, we do have basic tools to loan out to students for use in class. Please arrange for this in the shop prior to the start of the class.


Traffic in our region can be awful! Please allow yourself plenty of time to get to class. Late arrivals make it difficult for our other students and instructors.

Snow Policy

When Fairfax Co. schools are closed, classes are cancelled unless notified otherwise. If it snows on a weekend, we will notify you early if class is cancelled.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 3 days prior to the class, a check for the cost of the class minus $5.00 will be given. A cancellation without 3 days notice can't be refunded.

This newsletter of classes has been compiled and scheduled by Beverlee Stafford. If you would like to propose a class, please contact her at

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Contact Us

139 A Church Street NW
Vienna, VA 22180

Phone: 703-938-7018
Fax: 703-938-0541


OPEN 7 days a week!
Monday-Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm