Have you taken one of our classes?

Send us pictures of your finished projects!

Email your digital photos to info@artfulbead.com, and we’ll post them for everyone to enjoy.

We’re setting up places for you to ask questions about beading or share discoveries you’ve made.  We’ll even post a free pattern now and then.

Ahem. Taa-Daa!!!!

As they say, third time’s the charm.  The emails have gone out!

If you want to sign up for the newsletter directly, please go to http://www.artfulbead.net/catalog/create_account.php and sign up.  Print the confirmation email you get after filling in the form, and bring it to the store before December 31st.  You’ll get 15% off everything you buy that day except artist’s beads and books.

In the future, about once a month we’ll send you an email about some special sale or event or maybe even just a “here’s your coupon!” if we’re really busy.  And we’re even contemplating “secret” sales, available only to our newsletter subscribers!

So sign up, and come in soon.  And if you happen to come into the store on a Saturday around December 11th (like the 8th or 15th), please tell Our Amy Happy Birthday!!!

Keep Beading!


Well, with much fanfare we sent out the December Newsletter email, our first under the new system.  Taa-Daa!!!

Only to have it spit back over 1000 error messages because we “exceeded the hourly domain message limit” or something.  !!!aaD-aaT  (That’s the original cheer rewinding.)  So, if you didn’t get your email yet, hang on.  It’s coming, just as soon as the *professional* nerds (as opposed to us amateur nerds who dance around the edges of technology) get it figured out.

We know some of you got the message, because we’ve already gotten a lot of new signups, so print out that confirmation email and bring it in for your discount.   After all, there are less than 21 jewelry-making days left before Christmas!

Pearls and earrings

All of the Christmas Tree kits are gone, probably not to return until next year.  There are a lot of Christmas candy earring  kits, though.  And snowmen!  Adorable snowmen with different color collars!

A lot of new pearls have arrived, many of them for only $5 a strand, and some new czech glass, in different shapes and colors.

The newsletter/discount coupon is almost done, watch for it during the first week in December.


All that whining paid off, we have a sneak peek of the new stones that are being put on the wall as we speak!  (“as we type” seems kind of peculiar, sorry.)

There are lovely dyed lace agate beads in pink and blue in all kinds of sizes and shapes, red tiger eye and coral (lots of coral, not just these), and wonderful huge sparkly (make that *Sparkly* with a little dance) coated crystal in big bicones and rounds (no pictures of the round ones here, they were busy elsewhere.)

 Tray of New

 And interesting rose quartz shapes and yummy smoky spiral cuts that have to be seen in person, because the picture is crummy!!!  Look at the fabulous abalone pendants in perfect autumn colors.

Rose Quartz Smoky spirals Abalones

And treated agate that looks like art in a string!  Way better in person, I promise.

Treated Agate      Treated Agate longs

Shiny amethyst squares with lots of character, brown kyanite that makes you say “What is that?  Gimme!!!  NOW!!”

Amethyst     Kyanite

 Turquoise pendants in disks and teardrops, agate “eyes” that are too shiny in the picture because they’re so shiny in real life. (OK, next time we use the “real photography” setup, I’m over the artsy quick-and-dirty stuff.)

 Turquoise  Agate eyes

And a lot more, but they were moving fast, getting priced and put on the wall, and I can’t focus when there are that many beads in front of my face.  

But come in quick, before they’re all gone.  You have to have something to make presents out of, don’t you?  And you deserve a reward for getting everything ready for Thanksgiving.  And who doesn’t need a treat for cleaning up all that mess afterward? 


Gettin’ to be that time again!

Starting to be almost cool at night, Santa’s workshop and the enormous tree have arrived in the mall, it must be Christmas Season!  And to get you in the holiday mood, we have these glittery trees and Santas:


And these stacked presents:

Present Earrings

They are Swarovski crystals, and we have kits or finished earrings.  For example, the trees are $12.00 for the complete kit (with sterling pins and earwires) and the made-up earrings are… uh… $12.00, too. The stacked presents and Santas are a little higher.  But we don’t have a lot of them left, and while they are on order, we aren’t sure when they will come in. 

More stones will be in soon, who knows what wonderful stuff Mary will find on this buying trip!  If we’re lucky, she’ll give us some advance pictures.  Or maybe we just have to whine to get them.

Teacher Profiles – Elizabeth Harkins

Elizabeth has been doing some sort of craft since she was a little girl.  She made her own doll clothes, embroidery and weaving.  She didn’t do any crafts for several years in order to pursue boys, but once that phase ended she once again got into crafts.

She designed quilt patterns for 20 years that were sold worldwide. One of her quilts is on the cover of a college text book on Women’s Studies.  She taught quilting for many years around the Dallas area.

Elizabeth finally opened her own quilt shop.  Since her hobby of quilting became a business, she needed another hobby.  So she started learning beading about 12 years ago. Elizabeth still dabbles in other crafts such as weaving, knitting and spinning, but her main love is beading. Elizabeth belongs to several Dallas area craft organizations.

She and her husband Rick are happy empty nesters living in Dallas along with their German Shepard Sophie.


Teacher Profiles – Valarie Leland

Valarie Leland has been beading for at least 7 years.  She currently teaches Jewelry Making Techniques, but has taught the Fringe Thing bracelet and the Dancing Leaves lariat in the past.  She lives in Carrollton Texas with her husband, sons, and too many cats.

In a recent bid to appear more like other people, Valarie has adopted the new Artful Bead web site, updating the “What’s New” and class calendar regularly.  While she greatly enjoys it, it doesn’t seem to have helped much with the whole “looking normal” plan.  She has too many beads and cats for that to work.

Sad News

It is with heavy hearts that we tell you of Wanda Little’s passing from our lives. Wanda has been with us from the beginning — from before the beginning. She and Colleen, her sister, lent their talent, love and hard work to make the store a reality. Wanda has always been supportive, informative, and generous to the entire Artful Bead community. Her energy and expertise were vital in making the shop what it is today.  She will be missed enormously.
A service is planned for Saturday, November 10, 10:30 AM, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 5709 Wedgwood Drive, Fort Worth. 
The family has asked that donations be made to St. Matthew’s church in lieu of flowers.
Thank you for all the kind thoughts and prayers.