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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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Learn how to fabricate your own unique chain bracelet and clasp, from brass or copper. Basic sawing, riveting, filing, twisting, and sanding skills will be taught. This is a great way to get your foot into metalsmithing. Expect to walk away with at least one unique bracelet!
Friday Aug 23rd, 9:30am - 12:30pm
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...
Saturday Aug 31st, 2pm - 4:30pm
Inspired by the little treasures you save and love, we will cleverly combine old and new elements to create spectacular jewelry. Bring your special and sentimental keepsakes, single earrings, buttons, charms, chains, family photos, and found objects and let Bonnie Arkin inspire your creativity. You will learn to solder, wire wrap, and string....
Tuesday Sep 3rd, 9:30am - 11:30am(8 sessions)
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...
Saturday Aug 24th, 2:30pm - 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...
Thursday Sep 5th, 3pm - 5pm
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 Aug 31st, 12pm - 2pm
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...
Sunday Sep 8th, 2pm - 4pm
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 ...
Tuesday Sep 17th, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
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...
Saturday Sep 21st, 2pm - 5pm
Combining needle, thread, fabric and beads creates stunning pieces of wearable art! This class is for you if: You enjoy combining mediums and experimenting with different techniques You enjoy hand sewing and want to incorporate beads. You want to learn more about materials to use for bead embroidery Students will Learn: How to stitch around...
Friday Sep 27th, 2pm - 5pm
This class is for those students who have participated in Rejuvenated Jewelry and are ready to learn more techniques and explore many creative ideas. We create spectacular jewelry from vintage broken jewelry, watches, tin, and china. Bring your grandma’s jewelry box and collected treasures. Prerequisite: Rejuvenated Jewelry or consent of...
Tuesday Sep 3rd, 12pm - 2pm(8 sessions)
Daggers and drops create these lovely flowers from the book Great Designs for Shaped Beads. Some familiarity with seed bead stitching is recommended. This class is for you if: You've done a little off-loom bead weaving and want to learn something more challenging You like all things flowers You like using daggers and drop...
Saturday Sep 7th, 2pm - 5pm
Perfect for beginning students interested in learning how to make one of a kind jewelry. Learn basic fabrication skills such as using a jeweler's saw, drilling, finishing, soldering, riveting, basic stone setting and color on metal techniques. Expect to complete your own bracelets, rings, necklaces and more!
Monday Sep 9th, 9:30am - 12:30pm(6 sessions)
Transform scraps of silver left over to jewelry sitting in your drawers into new and exciting jewelry designs. With one-on-one instructor time, you will learn how to repurpose your old and unused metal and jewelry into new metal and design elements for new jewelry fabrications. Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Wednesday Sep 11th, 9:30am - 12:30pm(5 sessions)
Learn the basics of silicone mold making, creating 1-part molds and 2-part molds from a variety of different silicones and rubbers. Cast plastic or wax into your mold, and manipulate it further through carving, heat, or paint, which can then be hand-painted. Mold making is a key technique for those interested in production. All molds created...
Thursday Sep 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm(6 sessions)
First uncover the jewelry basics: sawing, filing, soldering, as well as finishing and patinas. Then, we'll build on your design skills, learning to find inspiration and create ideas that you will then produce with your newly acquired talents. Take home a piece you can be proud of!
Friday Sep 13th, 9:30am - 12:30pm(5 sessions)
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...
Saturday Sep 14th, 2pm - 5pm
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 Aug 31st, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
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 15th, 1:30pm - 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 Sep 28th, 2pm - 5pm
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