Island Dreams


I’m not what you’d call an expert on beadwork. I can string pretty beads and semiprecious stone chips on a wire to make a necklace, but I’ve never made any of those fancy-schmancy pouches and medallions and things like you find at Indian trading posts in New Mexico, and I don’t know how to turn ordinary beads into complicated little daisy chains.

If my beadwork skills are lacking, it’s not for want of opportunities to learn.


Island Dreams Beads, located at 1345 S. Harvard Ave., in the same building as Bloomie’s flower shop, has no fewer than a dozen different classes listed on its March calendar.



The brightly decorated little shop sells beads in every imaginable size, shape, and color; metal charms featuring everything from the usual silver hearts and crosses to beautiful little cloissonne goldfish; dichroic glass pendants; and a vast assortment of jewelry findings.


The owner, who is friendly and enthusiastic, said she plans to add a silversmithing studio where artists can buy time to work on projects at some point in the future.

Prices are higher than the craft-supply chains, but they are not out of line with other bead shops I’ve visited, and the selection is much larger than you find at the big boxes. I like the availability of bulk beads as well. I hate having to buy a whole package of beads just to get the three blue ones I need to finish a necklace or whatever. At Island Dreams, I can buy exactly what I need and be done with it.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday when classes are in session; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information or to sign up for class, call 712-3237 or visit

Value: A-
Service: A
Product: A
Convenience: A-
Overall: A

~ by redforkhippie on March 13, 2007.

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