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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

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 (unless otherwise stated)!

September Schedule

October Schedule


New! Gemstones 101

New! Advanced Earrings

New! Multi-Strands

Intro to Beading

Beginning Wire

Classic Knotting

Leather Lattice Bracelet

Workshop Wednesday

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

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


    Saturday, September 22, 2:00-4:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Prerequisite:  Basic wire experience helpful, but not essential

This is an innovative and fun class for jewelry makers who want to increase their design knowledge.  In addition to beads, students will use materials such as leather, chain, links, and wire to create original designs.  Participants will also use wirework techniques to prepare side-drilled beads for earring assembly.

Supplies:  Links of various sizes or shapes, spacer bars (3-5 holes), chandeliers parts, 2 side-drilled beads such as tabiz or drops; assortment of beads of various sizes, materials and colors; eyepins, headpins, 1 foot of small link chain, earwires, beadcaps to fit beads (optional).


Beginning Wire

    Saturday, October 27, 11:00am-1:00pm

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, September 1, 11:00am-1:00pm

    Saturday, October 13, 11:00am-1:00pm


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.

New! GEMSTONES 101 $45

    Sunday, September 30, Noon-3:00pm

To register call (703) 848-2323.

Learn about all your favorite gems in our gemstone class. We will cover the different families of stone and the best ways to care for them, as well as identifying and testing gemstones for treatments, substitutions, and more! Come armed with a pen and notebook, and feel free to bring any pieces you have questions on!



    Saturday, September 15, 11:00am-1:00pm

    Saturday, September 21, 11:00am-1:00pm

    Saturday, October 6, 11:00am-1:00pm

    Thursday, October 18, 4:00-6:00pm


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.



(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.


    Sunday, September 16, 11:00am-1:00pm

    Sunday, October 6, 1:30-3:30pm


To register call (703) 848-2323.

PrerequisiteIntroduction to Beading class

Building on skills learned in Introduction to Beading, students will learn several finishing techniques for multi-strand necklaces.  During the class students will finish pre-strung multi-strand necklaces.  Students can bring more than one project.  Due to limited class time, it is essential that all projects be pre-strung on beading wire with your desired pattern. Leave the strands unfinished, with at least 3” of wire beyond the beads at each end.  Secure the ends with Bead Stoppers, Mini-Clamps, or tape.  

Supplies: 3 or more strands of beads pre-strung and secured on beading wire (see details above); eyepins or 22ga wire, crimp beads, 6mm splitrings, 6mm jumprings, 3 or 4mm beads or 6° seed beeds, wire protectors (optional), crimp covers (optional). **There will be time in class to choose findings for finishing necklaces.**




(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 the wire, and draw it down to smooth out any flaws. She will share samples of variations and bead embellishments as well as some history of the art.

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

Optional: Headpins and beads to fit pins for creating dangles



   1st & 3rd Wednesday every month

   Wednesday, September 5, 4:00 - 6:00pm

   Wednesday, September 19, 4:00 - 6:00pm

   Wednesday, October 3, 4:00 - 6:00pm

   Wednesday, October 17, 4:00 - 6:00pm

   Wednesday, November 7, 4:00 - 6:00pm

   Wednesday, November 21, 4:00 - 6:00pm


A free-form workshop where you can share and brainstorm with your fellow beaders. Staff will do demos on request, and share tips and advice. This is your opportunity to "Ask the Expert" on whatever beading issue you're interested in.

Supplies: Bring whatever project you're working on, or start from scratch in the store.