Bead In Hand

Bead In Hand

Art
Oak Park, Illinois City, Illinois
(14 Reviews)

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 location before there was an Oak Park Arts District.  Over the years, many restaurants and arts related businesses have opened and the area has become a popular destination.  In January, 2008, Doris moved to California with her husband, Mike, overseeing the business and communicating regularly with staff by phone and email. 

Kim Humphrey became the new owner of Bead In Hand in March, 2012. Kim had been a regular customer since 1996, became a part-time employee in 2005 and store manager in June, 2010. Long time customers may notice furniture being rearranged, but the basics that make the shop so special will not change: the friendly and helpful staff, the amazing variety of beads and supplies, classes and parties for adults and children, and participation in the Kids’ Art Camps with other galleries and businesses in the Arts District.

Reviews of Bead In Hand

(14 Reviews)
Make Your Own Chains & Beaded Chains

10/5/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Make Your Own Chains & Beaded Chains


The class was fun, our Instructor was knowledgeable,personable and very helpful. I attended the class with my granddaughter and we are now bead enthusiast.

Make Your Own Chains & Beaded Chains

9/30/2019
Naia W.

Attended: Make Your Own Chains & Beaded Chains


The class was so informative, fun. I learned so much in a short time such. Our instructor was patient well prepared and the ease she taught helped so much. Looking forward to more jewelry making classes.

Peyote Stitch & Beyond

2/10/2019
Jo-Ann B.

Attended: Peyote Stitch & Beyond


I’m so glad I made the trek. The store is wonderfully arranged with what seems to be an endless array of beads, etc. The atmosphere was cozy. Our instructor Kim was awesome! She was thorough, patient and kind. I actually learned two bead weaving techniques. I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn peyote stitch.

Wire Wrapped Pendants Techniques

8/13/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Wire Wrapped Pendants Techniques


The class was a great experience. I learned so much and can not wait for the next class. The instructor, in my opinion, was clear, well prepared and helpful to all. As a former educator, I was impressed with her ability to adeptly handle all the students regardless of their experience level and needs. The beautiful wire wrapped pendants each of us was able to make (with guidance and help) is a testimony to the success of the class and instructor.

Wire Wrapped Pendants Techniques

8/6/2018
Barbara D.

Attended: Wire Wrapped Pendants Techniques


It was awesome, Fun and the technique was easier than I thought. The teacher was very patient and helped all levels of learning. I love my piece! Thank you!

Basic Earring Design

7/30/2018
Yingyi Z.

Attended: Basic Earring Design


Kate is very patient and we had a very good time in class.

Leather & Bead Wrap Bracelet

7/18/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Leather & Bead Wrap Bracelet


This class was wonderful! Laurel was patient and clear in explaining the process, and my daughter and I both left with beautiful bracelets. I highly recommend this class!

Leather & Bead Wrap Bracelet

2/18/2018
Barbara B.

Attended: Leather & Bead Wrap Bracelet


My daughter and her friend loved it. They offer wonderful classes and no surprise that this one was as well. I just wish I was the recipient of her bracelet!

Basic Earring Design

10/9/2017
Lawana F.

Attended: Basic Earring Design


I had a great time. The instructor was patient and very friendly. Looking forward to see what classes are offered in the future.

Intro to Wire Techniques Part I

5/1/2017
Mayra S.

Attended: Intro to Wire Techniques Part I


Phyllis was outstanding Excelent

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Questions about this school?
145 Harrison St, Illinois City, Illinois 60304
Bead In Hand
Oak Park, Suburbs
145 Harrison St
Btwn S Lombard & Taylor Avenues
Illinois City, Illinois 60304

Directions:
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.

Parking
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).

Upcoming Classes at Bead In Hand

Spiral Rope
Spiral Rope
Next start date:

Monday Oct 21st, 3pm - 5pm

Leather & Bead Wrap Bracelet
Leather & Bead Wrap Bracelet
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 22nd, 2pm - 4:30pm

Simple Netted Necklace
Simple Netted Necklace
Next start date:

Thursday Oct 24th, 3pm - 5:30pm

Sparkle Band Albion Bracelet
Sparkle Band Albion Bracelet
Next start date:

Friday Oct 25th, 3pm - 5pm

Earring Design: Beyond the Basics
Earring Design: Beyond the Basics
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 27th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Rosary Workshop
Rosary Workshop
Next start date:

Friday Nov 1st, 3pm - 5:30pm

Basic Earring Design
Basic Earring Design
Next start date:

Tuesday Nov 5th, 3pm - 5pm

Flat Spiral Bracelet
Flat Spiral Bracelet
Next start date:

Saturday Nov 9th, 3pm - 5pm

Basic Stringing
Basic Stringing
Next start date:

Sunday Nov 10th, 1pm - 4pm

Peyote Stitch & Beyond
Peyote Stitch & Beyond
Next start date:

Monday Nov 11th, 2pm - 5pm

Knotting
Knotting
Next start date:

Thursday Nov 14th, 2pm - 5pm

Kumihimo Japanese Braiding: Full Workshop
Kumihimo Japanese Braiding: Full Workshop
Next start date:

Sunday Dec 15th, 1:30pm - 4pm

Teachers at Bead In Hand

Kate Linne Kate Linne or Debra Stephens Kate Linne or Laurel Wolff Kate Linne or Kim Humphrey Kim Humphrey Laurence Pommells Philonese Simmons Phyllis Kaplan Rose Hanley or Kate Linne Zena Paice
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