My first visit was about 14 years ago when my then eight year old daughter went to a birthday party and made a couple of simple pieces of jewelry on memory wire. While my daughter was making critical bead choices that would no doubt affect her fashion sense for years to come, I was being lured in by the big-girl beads and projects in the store. I signed up for my first class, a peyote stitched bracelet. Something clicked and I haven’t stopped beading since that day.
October is Visit Your Local Bead Store Month. What a wonderful excuse to shop local and give back in a creative way to your community.
Thankfully, I live within five minutes of my local bead shop. Funky Hannah’s holds a special place in my beading heart (http://funkyhannahs.com). From the latest beads and patterns, to a terribly friendly Open Bead Night, this is a destination you don’t want to miss if you visit our lakeside city.
This month is one of Funky Hannah’s annual Bead Camps held in Racine, Wisconsin. It’s an informal gathering of about 30 women. There is “open beading” all day and well into the night and pre-dawn morning hours. Besides beading, we enjoy lots of great food and and non-stop laughs. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.
Even if you’re not a beader, visit your favorite little shop, do something creative or buy something from a talented local artist and make the world a prettier place. If you want to try your hand at beading, just say they word and we’ll be there for you.