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!
September 19th - 21st
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.
Bead Swap - Sunday October 5
This is Kay's favorite event. Dig out those beads you will never use again and bring them to the shop on Sunday, Oct 5 from 12:00 to 4:00. Someone will love your treasure, and you will go home with new beads. Remember, the better beads you bring, the nicer beads you can trade for in return.
Gold & Silver Party - Sunday October 5
How does it work? It's easy... do you have the following? Unwanted, out of style gold, broken or missing pieces, brooches and pins, kinked chains, class rings, cuff links. Are you interested in selling a diamond, a family heirloom, or an antique bracelet? Come get a free evaluation with no obligation or get paid on the spot. NovaGold is a trusted local source for estate transactions and we are happy to have them back. *Now accepting silver plated!
Art Metal Components by Anju - November 7 - 16
Create fantastic jewelry with Art Metal Components - a gorgeous line of adaptable pendants and charms handcrafted by the artist, Anju. Art Metal Components are made of fine pewter which has been electroplated with silver, copper, and brass. They are antiqued to bring out each detail and finished with an anti-tarnish coating so each piece always stays beautiful.
Eva Sherman - November 7 - 9
Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva and co-author Beth Martin wrote "Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry" published by Kalmbach in 2014, and are currently writing a second book titled "Cool Copper Cuffs" scheduled for release in 2015. Eva made the front cover of the September issue of Art Jewelry! Find Eva's classes in the Metal section.
Pearl Sale - December 5 - 7
Star's Beads will be hosting Pearl Concepts, who will be bringing everything from closeouts to high end collectable freshwater pearls. You do not want to miss out on this one weekend only pearl sale event! Buy more, save more!
Fig Tree Bark Beads from Rwanda -January 16 - 17
Elaine Robnett Moore will be bringing a gorgeous array of handmade beads from Rwanda. She works closely with Innocent Nkurunziza, a phenomenal artist, painter, teacher, and community organizer who really thinks outside the box. Elaine was fascinated with beads he had designed using the formula for paper beads but applying it to new and different materials.
The URBAN Beader & Keiu are back! February 20 - 22
The Urban Beader is a jewelry supply and tool company specializing in Metal Stamping tools. They manufacture and distribute the finest in jewelry making supplies, and the most well designed, trendiest Decorative, Script, Greek Alphabet Stamps in the world of Metal Stamping! They also provide riveting tools and materials for your cold connection needs, jewelry making tools, metal blanks and beautifully made luxurious silk tool totes to carry your tools in style! Classes will be offered for a hands on experience. Find Keiu's classes in the Metal section.
To help you find the classes that you want, we have established new categories for your ease. Please note that NEW classes are listed under the various categories instead of one section. The new classes are listed first under each category and highlighted with an asterisk (*). The Categories are:
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 www.starsclasps.com.
$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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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139 A Church Street NW
Vienna, VA 22180
OPEN 7 days a week!