Island Dreams

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 islanddreamsbeads.com.

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

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~ by redforkhippie on March 13, 2007.

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