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Bead Classes, Beading Courses, Instruction, baltimore, maryland, virginia, va, md, dc


Bead Classes, Beading Courses, Instruction, baltimore, maryland, virginia, va, md, dc

At this time, classes are offered in our Falls Church store only.

To register for a class, please visit or call 703-848-2323.

To keep classes small for individual attention, we regret that we cannot allow refunds or date changes. Supplies must be purchased in advance. Classes start on time and no class time is allotted for shopping!

Please scroll down to see full class descriptions and supply lists.

For your convenience you can also click and download a .pdf calendar to see what classes are being offered.

July Schedule

August Schedule


Children and Adult Build-Your-Own Beading Parties at Our Falls Church Beadazzled*

Call (703) 848-2323 to book your next birthday party!



Highlighted classes are offered this session 

Our Core Classes
Beginning Wire

Classic Knotting

Introduction to Beading

Leather Lattice Bracelet

Ideas for Kids Parties

Kid's Classes

Teen Classes




Specialty Classes

These classes are taught by special guest instructors when they can make time and when there is enough student interest. If you would like to attend one of these classes, let us know--we'll add you to the list and let you know when it's on the schedule.

Beginning Peyote Stitch (Mardi Trout)

Color Theory for Beaders (Penelope Diamanti)

Bead Biz Session I (Penelope Diamanti)

Bead Biz Session II--Let's Make Money! (Penelope Diamanti)

Bead Biz Session III--Take it to the Next Level (Penelope Diamanti)

Gemology 101 (Heather Widner)

Jewelry Design Fundamentals (Penelope Diamanti)

Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet (Melissa Diamanti)

Phonetography (Cas Webber)

Viking Knit (Melissa Diamanti)





(Penelope Diamanti)

   No class scheduled this session.

Get help identifying your target market and defining your products. Learn how to stay out of trouble with the tax and legal authorities. Find out how to choose, register and protect your trade name. Get tips on time and space management. This class will help you get started on the road to a successful small business. Bring your questions, your work, or anything else you want to share or get feedback on.


(Penelope Diamanti)

   No class scheduled this session.

We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of all kinds of ways to sell your work. From home or office parties, to shows and fairs, consignment, retail, wholesale, trade shows, catalogs, the internet and more, we’ll discuss them all. Discover which channels best meet your needs and personality, and get helpful tips to ensure your success. Bring your experience, questions and ideas to share with the group.


(Penelope Diamanti)

    Saturday, July 15, 9:00-11:00am

To register call (703) 848-2323.

After you’ve had some experience with your small business, this is your chance to go deeper. Find out how to analyze your profitability and what to do about it if it’s not what you want it to be. Explore a variety of low cost ways to build your customer base and get the word out about your work and events. Build your brand by professionalizing your marketing materials and polishing your image. Get help if you need to refine your target market, work, or pricing structure.  Bring your questions, successes, challenges and anything else you want feedback on.

Beginning WireBEGINNING PEYOTE $40

(Mardi Trout)

   No class scheduled this session.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Beading class or other experience with jewelry tools.

Learn the basic peyote stitch (an off-loom bead weave) and other techniques while making a beaded slider with embellishments. Get introduced to even-count peyote, learn about counting rows, zip-up, step-up, stitch-in-the-ditch, and more. Students will be using size 8º (big) delicas in the class. This is a great beginning class to take in preparation to do other beautiful peyote projects.

Supplies: 1 tube size 8º delica beads (the predominent color of your slider); 40-50 3mm beads--round, faced, or bicone (the accent color of your slider); one spool nylon cord to match or complement your main color; one short big-eye needle; one #10 beading needle. Optional: bead scoop; scissors; magnifying or reading glasses; beading lamp.

Instructor will provide enough Fireline cord for the embellishment.


Beginning WireBEGINNING WIRE  $35

    Saturday, July 8, 1:00-3:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Beading class or experience with jewelry tools.


In this class students will build on the foundation of the basic wire loop technique to learn how to create your own findings.  Using simple tools and basic materials you can make your own earwires, headpins, and clasps.  We will show you how to make a variety of styles as well as teach students how to harden wire using Nylon Jaw Pliers and Hammering.  Students will also receive instruction on making a wire wrapped loop, the foundation technique for many wire working projects.

Supplies:1 package or at least 2ft each of 18ga & 22ga dead soft SS, GF, copper, or plated wire;  2-3 beads to fit each size of wire; round nose & chain nose pliers; wire cutters; chasing hammer; anvil; file optional.


    Saturday, August 19, 9:00-11:00am

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Learn how to make a classic knotted necklace for a timeless look. Knotting also buffers precious gemstone beads and pearls against wear, and protects them from loss in case the necklace breaks. Take this class and save money if you have heirloom knotted necklaces that need restringing. We will also discuss and demonstrate making a "floating bead" necklace.
Supplies: 2 beadtips; clasp; any beads you'd like to use; Hypo Tube (beadtip) cement; tweezers; knot cutters; card of appropriately-sized silk cord, beading mat or other beading surface. Stretch the silk for 24 hours before class by hanging it over a door with a weight (shoe, scissors, etc.) attached to each end.



(Penelope Diamanti)

    Saturday, August 5, 1:00-4:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Have you noticed sophisticated color combinations and wished “Why didn’t I think of that?” This class will help you become the inspiring colorist.

Following a short talk on the fascinating history and cultural symbolism of colors, we spend most of this three-hour class working hands-on with an awe-inspiring 5-foot diameter color wheel made up of hundreds of strands of beads.  We’ll learn the terminology of color harmony and how to use a dynamic color wheel. We’ll create a series of palettes, analyzing them, and “pushing” them to be even more exciting and effective. This process has been described as “a very educational play date for artists”!

This experience helps students expand their comfort level with a broader range of colors and gain confidence in their ability to combine colors in innovative and harmonious ways, making their artistic work both easier and more profitable.

Feel free to bring works in progress or challenging color combinations to class, the applied color theory we’ll learn is sure to help. An informative handout covers key points and helpful tips. Many students may also bring digital cameras or cell phones to document the stunning palettes we create.
Supplies: Color Sense color wheel; pen and paper if you would like to take notes.

GEMOLOGY 101 $30

(Heather Widner)  

    No class scheduled this session.


In Gemology 101, students discover what makes one stone different from the next. In this two-hour lecture local gemologist Heather Widener; you will learn basic characteristics of stones that will help you identify different types and grades of stones. Questions and participation by the class are encouraged! No supplies required, but please bring a pen and paper to take notes if you would like.






   Saturday, July 8, 9:00-11:00am

   Sunday, July 16, 11:00am-1:00pm

   Saturday, July 29, 9:00-11:00am

   Sunday, July 23, 11:00am-1:00pm

   Saturday, August 12, 9:00-11:00am

   Saturday, August 26, 9:00-11:00am

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Learn about tools and materials. Construct basic earrings with headpins and beads. Create an 18" necklace on cable wire and learn how to finish with crimps. These techniques will launch you confidently into the world of bead stringing and design in just two hours.
Supplies: Basic Class Kit (available at the register) and enough beads in colors and styles you like to fill 18" of cord. Larger beads and a simple design for your first effort will save stringing time, allowing more time in class to concentrate on techniques. For earrings, bring a few extra beads with holes large enough to fit on headpins.



(Penelope Diamanti)

    No class scheduled this session.

Using over 100 images and examples, we’ll explore the universal elements of design as applied in beaded necklaces: Line (shapes of necklaces); Balance (use of symmetry and asymmetry); Focal Point (pendants, large focal beads, or massing of beads to create a focal point); Rhythm (repeating patterns); Texture (using beads with a variety of textures, finishes, and patterns); and Color Harmony. Whatever your style, incorporating the principles of harmonious design will take your jewelry to the next level.  You’ll also learn some helpful construction tips and techniques and are welcome to bring works-in-progress or necklaces you want to rework to class for personalized feedback and advice. No supplies needed.

KID'S CLASSES (ages 6 - 12)

   No class scheduled this session. 

Supplies: For all of our kid's classes, basic supplies are included in the class price. Please provide your child with $5-10 to select a few feature beads to personalize their pieces

Beaded Key Rings $25

    No class scheduled this session. 

In this one hour class, students will make two fun beaded key rings for backpacks, zippers, keys, etc. Our younger beaders will get their creative juices flowing as they string and knot to create their very own one of a kind charms!


Rubber Tubing Memory Wire Bracelet $25

    No class scheduled this session. 

A fun, funky introductory class for our younger beaders. In this class students will be introduced to memory wire, a wire that holds its shape. Students will string beads on the memory wire and use rubber tubing as spacing in their bracelets. A fun project for kids of all ages. 


Beaded Necklace $25

    No class scheduled this session. 

Here’s an introduction to beading class geared towards our younger beaders. Students will make a professional quality necklace in class. Just because our students are young, doesn’t mean they aren't creative thinkers. Let them design a necklace that will last!



(Melissa Diamanti)

   No class scheduled this session. 

Learn the historical Japanese braiding technique of kumihimo in this introductory course.  Used prominently by samuraias both a functional and decorative way to lace their armour, kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and kimono sashes.  We have put a modern, and of course, beaded, spin on kumihimo to create a delicate and intricate woven bracelet!   The instructor will guide you through the process of creating a beaded kumihimo cord long enough to make into a bracelet, and will teach you how to attach end caps and clasps to the cord to create a finished and versatile piece of jewelry!   Samples of finished kumihimo jewelry and instruction pamphlets will be provided.  With the techniques you learn in class, you will be able to make bracelets, necklaces, and cords for pendants in a seemingly endless array of color combinations!

Supplies:  Kumihimo foam disk; Size #10 silk cord with needle attached--two cards each of two different colors (four cards total); size 8º seed beads.

Preparation before Class:

Pre-string two of the card of the same color with with 100 beads each of the 8* seed beads; rewind the beaded cords back onto the card. Leave the other two cards of the other color with no beads.


   No class scheduled this session. 

Join Beadazzled in our Woven Leather and Gems Class. You've seen it from your favorite designers and in your favorite catalogs. Now come learn this fun and stylish technique of wrapping lather with a lattice your favorite beads. By the end of the class you'll be experienced in weaving your beads onto leather and creating your own toggle clasp with an feature bead. You'll be able to apply this technique to any number of other accessories, including multi-wrap bracelets, anklets, necklaces and headbands. You'll leave the class addicted and your friends will be begging you to make them one... or more!
Supplies: At least 3 feet of round leather (1.5-2mm is best); enough beads to complete at least a single-strand bracelet (see note); 1 larger feature bead with hole large enough to fit on leather; bead cord (silk, nylon, Nymo, etc) that will fit through your beads at least four times; 1 package twisted wire needles; 1 tube Hypo Cement beading glue. Note on beads: Beads should be even in shape and size. While some size variance will work, the more evenly shaped your beads, the more evenly they will weave and stay together.


(Cas Webber)

   No class scheduled this session.


Join Cas Webber as she teaches you how to photograph your jewelry, beads, craft or any object with the tool you already possess. In this class you will not only learn through hands-on practice how to use your smart phone or tablet as yourcamera, but you will also learn tips about "how to see", how to use light, how to create strong composition, and how to use the best apps available to capture the perfect detail that your work deserves. Whether you need images to sell your work on various websites, market your work to others, or simply to create a diary of your work, this 3 hour class will teach you that image really does matter.
Supplies: Bring to class one to three items you want to practice photographing, but keep it small, no bigger than 12" x 12".  Pen, paper, phone or tablet.


TEEN CLASSES (ages 13 and up)

   No class scheduled this session.

Supplies: For all of our teen classes, basic supplies are included in the class price. Please provide your child with $5-10 to select a few feature beads to personalize their pieces

Daisy Chain $30

   No class scheduled this session. 

An enduring classic, this class introduces how to make daisy chain necklace using small glass seed beads. In this class, students will learn the technique to create their own daisy flowers, while being able to choose from an assortment of seed beads of varying colors. Guaranteed to help teens of all ages get in touch with their inner flower power!


Shamballa bracelet $30  

   No class scheduled this session. 

This is an introductory class for teens. Students will learn basic knotting techniques to secure stones and other beads into a sleek, stylish bracelet. A good introduction for anyone interested in Chinese knotting, or other macramé/braiding techniques. This bracelet is great for the summertime! 


Memory Wire Charm Bracelet $30

   No class scheduled this session. 

A class for designed for teens to introduce them to memory wire, a wire often used in bracelets and necklaces that "remembers" its shape. Students will design and create their very own beaded charm bracelets; choosing from a variety of fun beads in varying sizes, shapes, and colors.  A creative way to spend a summer day!

Leather Wrap Bracelet $30

   No class scheduled this session. 

Let your teen become a fashionista with their own oh-so-fabulous leather wrap style bracelet. In this class teens learn how to create a woven bracelet with Japanese cube beads. A fun, stylish, highly addictive technique that will let teens create one of a kind pieces again and again!






(Melissa Diamanti)

   No class scheduled this session. 

Learn the ancient technique of Viking knit to make captivating woven wire jewelry. Meli Diamanti will show students how to create their own Viking Knit tool, knit thewire, and draw it down to smooth out any flaws. She will share samples of variations and bead embellishments.

Supplies: 5 yards 24ga wire, 2 cones, Clasp for bracelet

Optional: Headpins and beads to fit pins for creating dangles