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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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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 22nd, 1:30pm - 4pm
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...
Thursday Sep 26th, 2pm - 4:30pm
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...
Monday Sep 23rd, 3pm - 5:30pm
Need a little more spice to your earring designs? Here goes! This class will give a refresher in wire-wrapped loops, then teach different techniques for making earrings using scraps of leather, creating your own hammered headpins, and making a pair of wire & bead cluster earrings. You'll also get written instructions with diagrams...
Tuesday Sep 24th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
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...
Thursday Oct 10th, 2pm - 5pm
Make a one-of-a-kind ring or pendant while learning to create this spiral-sided bezel that can double as a spacer bar for a multi-strand necklace or bracelet. Materials are extra. Materials for Spiral Sided Bezel Bead In Hand carries all of the materials recommended for this project and includes time during the class for shopping....
Saturday Sep 28th, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
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...
Tuesday Nov 5th, 3pm - 5pm
Using hand-painted recycled glass beads from the Krobo region of Ghana in West Africa, create a wonderfully colorful cuff bracelet that will start conversations everywhere you go. Materials for Krobo Cuff Bracelet Bead In Hand carries all of the materials recommended for this project and includes time during the class for shopping. Tools are...
Sunday Sep 29th, 11am - 5pm
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 ...
Sunday Oct 20th, 1pm - 4pm
Learn the basics for this new bead weaving stitch by Heather Kingsley-Heath. Once you understand the fundamentals for albion stitch you'll realize there are countless ways to vary the simplest pattern and create stunning results. This class is for you if: You're new to seed beading and ready to get started (could be a little challenging...
Friday Oct 25th, 3pm - 5pm
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