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.


Located just off I-20 in south Fort Worth, The Artful Bead has quickly become the favorite destination of bead aficionados across a wide area. Why?

  • A beautiful store, with inventory that changes almost every single day.
  • A knowledgeable staff that’s ready to help.
  • A wide array of classes.
  • Plenty of free parking.
  • Well located near other points of interest.

Come see us soon. In the meantime, plan your visit with a map or your next class with a calendar. Have a specific question? Contact us by phone or e-mail.