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Bead In Hand
Oak Park, Suburbs
145 Harrison St
Btwn S Lombard & Taylor Avenues
Illinois City, Illinois 60304 Oak Park, Suburbs
145 Harrison St
Btwn S Lombard & Taylor Avenues
Illinois City, Illinois 60304
If you are coming by car, the easiest way to get here is on the Eisenhower Expressway (290). Oak Park borders Chicago due west of Chicago’s downtown. From O’Hare airport, take 294 south to 290 east. From Chicago, take 290 west from 90/94 or downtown.
From the east: Exit 290 at Austin Blvd. At the end of the exit ramp, make a right turn onto Austin (you'll be travelling north). The first street has a traffic light and that is Harrison St. Turn left and drive 3 1/2 blocks. Bead in Hand will be on your left. The shop is just before the first stop sign you come to at Harrison and Lombard Ave.
From the west: Exit 290 at Austin Blvd. At the end of the exit ramp, make a left turn onto Austin (you'll be travelling north). The first street has a traffic light and that is Harrison St. Turn left and drive 3 1/2 blocks. Bead in Hand will be on your left. The shop is just before the first stop sign you come to at Harrison and Lombard Ave.
The most common mistake is exiting at Harlem Ave., because Harrison Street does not go all the way through to Harlem. (But if you like getting confused, this is the place to do so, because east of Harlem is Oak Park and west of Harlem is Forest Park. In Oak Park, Harrison Street is parallel to the expressway on its north side, while in Forest Park Harrison Street is parallel to the expressway on its south side. See, wasn't that fun?)
If you are taking public transportation, the easiest way to get here is the CTA Blue Line. Take the train marked Forest Park. Exit the train at Austin Blvd. Walk west toward Lombard Avenue. When you get to the top of the stairs, you’ll be on the Lombard Ave. bridge over the Eisenhower Expressway. Turn right (north) and walk one block to the stop sign at Harrison Street. Turn right again (east) and Bead in Hand is just a few doors down on the same side of the street.
There is often street parking in front, but if not, turn onto Lombard and park along Lombard. There is metered parking right near the corner, but if you drive a little further you can park on the street for free. There is also parking on weekdays and Saturdays in the parking lot just east of us, off of Taylor Ave. (next to the church).
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We are a retail bead shop in Oak Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago with an extraordinary selection of beads and beading supplies. We specialize in helping you find just the right color, size or shape bead (or other material) for your project.
Doris Weinbaum opened Bead in Hand in 1993 at its current...
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A personalized rosary is a special gift. Learn the skills and supplies you’ll need for a rosary made with chain and bead links, or using basic stringing materials. This class is for you if: You've never had a jewelry making class You're experienced with beading wire and bead links, but want some direction for designing a rosary ...
Sunday Sep 22nd, 1:30pm - 4pm
The popular Leather & Bead Wrap Bracelet uses cord to securely wrap beads between two lengths of leather. Students will Learn: Students select beads and learn how to measure the correct amount of leather for their desired bracelet. Students will attach the button and use the Griffin bead cord to add beads and wrap the bead cord...
Thursday Sep 26th, 2pm - 4:30pm
Great for beginners, netting is simpler and faster than it appears. Students will Learn: How to follow a basic netting pattern How to identify which bead their needle passes through for each step How to add thread How to finish and attach (or make) a clasp By the end of class students will have completed: Students won't complete the necklace...
Monday Sep 23rd, 3pm - 5:30pm
Full Course Name: "Handcrafted Beginners Jewelry Making w/ Gemology and Color Theory" In this class, you will learn the basics in jewelry making. The lessons include learning how to use jewelry tools, some gemology facts, the meaning of color, and tips on color combination. Tools and materials will be provided. Nickel and Copper sensitivity welcome....
Saturday Sep 28th, 12pm - 2pm
Need a little more spice to your earring designs? Here goes! This class will give a refresher in wire-wrapped loops, then teach different techniques for making earrings using scraps of leather, creating your own hammered headpins, and making a pair of wire & bead cluster earrings. You'll also get written instructions with diagrams...
Tuesday Sep 24th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
If you know how to thread a needle and follow a basic sewing pattern, off-loom bead weaving will have familiar techniques. But don't worry--these classes are designed to get you started regardless of prior experience with a needle! Students will Learn: This class teaches the basics of seed beading and students will learn about the different types...
Thursday Oct 10th, 2pm - 5pm
Chains, chains, and more chains! Learn to make five different chain designs, both beaded and plain, that you can adapt for use in your own projects and designs. Materials: craft wire, round, dead soft: 28 gauge soft wire -- approx. 1.5 feet 20 gauge soft wire -- approx. 20 feet Approx. 10 4mm to 6mm beads Note: Tools are available for use...
Friday Sep 27th, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Make a pile of beads! Join use for two hours of bead making that might extend into a day of bead making. This workshop includes about 20-30 minutes of demo, and then participants can work independently for the rest of the time (or day) making beads. Includes 3 pounds of clay, tools, underglaze, and glaze.
Friday Oct 18th, 6pm - 8pm
Learn to create your own pendant or earring frames and then build a "fabric" of faux pave crystals between the hoops, using all the colors of a peacock's tail. This class allows for time to complete one item, but students will leave with instructions and knowledge for completing additional pieces. Level: Intermediate/Advanced Materials: ...
Friday Sep 27th, 2:30pm - 6:30pm
In this class students learn to create an armature in the shape that compliments their features. Then, using fine-gauge wire, sculpt delicate flowers to arrange along its length. A beaded chain and hand-made clasp finish a look that is all your own! Materials for Sculpted Wire Floral Necklace Bead In Hand carries all of the materials recommended...
Saturday Sep 28th, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Taking Jewelry Making to the next step with Seeds Center's Wire wrapping at Level 2. Students will learn how to create wire wrapped rings and how to embellish with crystals and precious stones. You will also learn how to create designs, learn gemology, and color theory. Depending on your skill level and timing while learning, more than one or...
Saturday Sep 28th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Make a one-of-a-kind ring or pendant while learning to create this spiral-sided bezel that can double as a spacer bar for a multi-strand necklace or bracelet. Materials are extra. Materials for Spiral Sided Bezel Bead In Hand carries all of the materials recommended for this project and includes time during the class for shopping....
Saturday Sep 28th, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Basic Earring Design is a great way to start working with wire. Learn how to make simple loops, wrapped loops, and dangles -- techniques that can be used in a wide variety of jewelry designs. You'll also get written instructions with diagrams to take home so you'll always have refresher information handy. Students will learn: The elements...
Tuesday Nov 5th, 3pm - 5pm
Using hand-painted recycled glass beads from the Krobo region of Ghana in West Africa, create a wonderfully colorful cuff bracelet that will start conversations everywhere you go. Materials for Krobo Cuff Bracelet Bead In Hand carries all of the materials recommended for this project and includes time during the class for shopping. Tools are...
Sunday Sep 29th, 11am - 5pm
Students will Learn: The basic pattern for the flat spiral stitch How to follow a bead weaving pattern How to identify which bead(s) their needle passes through for each step How to hold the work as they stitch How to add thread How to finish and attach (or make) a clasp By the end of class students will have completed: Students new to seed...
Saturday Nov 9th, 3pm - 5pm
Basic Stringing will show you the nitty-gritty of beading wires and crimp beads, with plenty of practice making secure finishes using a crimp tool. Written instructions, diagrams and helpful tips are included with your finished project. Students will learn: Elements of necklace and bracelet design Features of different clasps and closures ...
Sunday Oct 20th, 1pm - 4pm
Students must be experienced with flat, even count peyote stitch, but they do not have to take any of the previous Geometric Beadwork classes before taking another. Class Topics: TRIANGLES | Feb 23 or Aug 17: This class will focus on making triangles using circular peyote with herringbone increases. Students will also learn how to connect...
Saturday Oct 5th, 2pm - 5pm
Knotting is all about spacing and finishing, making snug knots and choosing the right materials for the design. You'll learn all about it in this class, with written instructions and helpful tips to take home. This class is for you if: You have never worked with knotting cord or an awl You want to learn about design techniques for...
Monday Oct 14th, 2pm - 5pm
Kumihimo is a great travel project. Everything gets prepared in advance so you have a neat package that doesn't require extra tools and doesn't take a lot of space. Students will Learn: How to place their cords on the kumihimo disk How to add weights for proper tension The basic pattern for moving the cords and adding beads to create a beaded...
Tuesday Oct 15th, 2:30pm - 5pm
Always wanted to learn to bead? Learn two types of bead weaving and appliqué (embroidery) beading. Design and create three unique projects to take home for Thanksgiving. Supplies will be provided. For supply list, click here
Tuesday Oct 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm(6 sessions)
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