Sunday, December 8, 2013

There is Still Time to Make Your Holiday Gifts!

We have packed the rest of December with great (& easy) projects - perfect for gift giving. If, however, you decide to keep them for yourself, we won't tell! Call to register. 734.544.0904

Click Here to See More Details about the classes, dates, etc.

Friday, December 6, 2013


That’s right, in just a few short weeks, Christmas will be here.  Are you ready?

No time to make gifts?  Don’t worry – we have finished jewelry in many price ranges.  Everything from these cute little earrings, to breathtaking necklaces. 
Be sure to check out the front window display to see the finished jewelry by Looks by Patty. 

Stop in, pick them up, and tell everyone you made them (we won’t tell).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fill Out Your Wish List Today

Many of you have asked for it, so here you go...  Click Here For Your Wish List!

Simply fill it out, send it in with your family, and we will make sure your holiday is filled with happiness and beads.

You may want to remind them that we also have gift cards (that way you can have the fun part of shopping for beads).


Sue is teaching her Majesty Necklace this Saturday.  It was scheduled for 10:30, but will be moved to 11:30.  There is still room left so, if you are interested in joining us, please call to sign up.  734.544.0904

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's time to restock and stock up.

We just got a big shipment in. SuperDuos are back in stock, wire in all colors, Carol Cypher's book, seed beads... you get the idea. Come in and stock up!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Come and See!

For Three Days Only - While Shelley is here teaching classes, we will have her display featuring TWENTY pieces of jewelry and the related patterns. Patterns are for sale (jewelry is just for looking). See you soon!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Due to the high demand of her classes, Shelley Pleines has agreed to add a second class on Friday (11am – 1pm). 
She will be teaching her Diamonds in the Rough Bracelet, which is made of seed beads, firepolish, and glass pearls. 
As with her other classes, you must already have a good understanding of Right Angle Weave. 
If you wish to attend the class, please call the store right away as spaces are very limited.  The $50 class fee is due when you register.  734.544.0904

11/19/13 - Update - only one spot left!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Follow Us On Pinterest

We just started a Pintrest account for the store.  We hope that you use our boards as a tool.  We have some of our original designs, color ideas, bead humor, and more. 
Please, be sure to “follow us” so that you will be updated whenever we post something.  Enjoy.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

New from Elements Pottery

A new shipment of raku beads & pendants has arrived. 

Come in today as these never last in our store for very long!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Even though the current Stony Creek Bead class schedule goes through December, we are already planning for the next one.  Here is a sneak peek at what we are doing. 

What we would like to know is… are there any projects, techniques, products that you would like to see a class on?  All (kind) suggestions are welcomed, just shoot us an e-mail at:

Thank you and happy beading!

Embroidery, Anyone? It’s no secret that we LOVE embroidery here at Stony Creek Bead. We just got in two new books to fuel that passion.


Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects by Jamie Could Eakin is filled with so much good information!  Not only does she give you projects to do, but she writes about how to make things fit, how to layout designs, how to use beads in your stash (and make them work), how to… well, you get the idea.  There is just a LOT of information in this book.


Soutache & Bead Embroidery by Amee Sweet-McNamara is a great book on the newest trend in embroidery – Soutache.  Not familiar with Soutache?  Traditionally it is used in high-end clothing -you know that little strip in you wool coat where the wool meets the lining?  That’s soutache.  Amee takes this small, flat cording to a whole new art form.  Flip through her book and you will see what we mean.

Have you seen the new pendants from Turtle Soup Beads?

Every one of them is unique (as they are hand tinted) and every one of them is beautiful.  Come in to see them for yourself.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bead Collections Are Now Available!

Many of you have asked us to bring back our Bead Collections.  We listened – and they are now ready for you.  There are twelve colors to start with and we will add more as time goes on.  The Collections are available in our store or on our Esty site.  (

How are these amazing collections created?
We start with an inspiration – a picture, a memory, a feeling – often found in our “Inspiration Journals” (if you don’t have one of your own, you should!)  We then gather beads in all sizes and shapes that represent that inspiration.  The beads are divided and layered into the tubes, and priced accordingly.

Within each Collection, the tubes’ content may vary slightly, but they are all hand-packed to the top.  Beads are not just for jewelry – you can use them to create all kinds of wonderful things.

The Collections are economical to use when you want a variety of beads instead of buying whole strands and tubes of just one style of bead.  Use these beads for any free-form beading, fringe, embroidery, crochet, & more.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

When I think of all that I can do with Susan Bailey’s new designs – my heart just flutters!

These, and more, by Turtle Soup Beads
now at Stony Creek Bead.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Small Changes – Big Differences

Recently, Sue wanted to study how bead choices affect a design.  She observed how changes in the transparency of the beads and using matte or shiny finishes contribute to the effect of a design.

Sue picked one of her favorite patterns – the Tapestry Bracelet (click here to buy the pattern).  The results are pretty interesting.

  • All three bracelets are in the same general color family of teal-blue-green, with varying accents colors.
  • The center rondelles in all three bracelets have shiny, faceted surfaces.

Bracelet #1
  • Medium color contrast; mix of matte and shiny
  • Fire polish – Matte transparent
  • Seed beads
    • 11° – Matte half-covered transparent (Apollo finish)
    • 8° – Matte opaque

Bracelet #2
  • High color contrast; all shiny surfaces
  • Fire polish – Transparent (shiny)
  • Seed beads
    • 11° – Bronze-lined crystal, very shiny
    • 8° – Color-lined shiny

Bracelet #3
  • Medium color contrast; matte or low-gloss surfaces
  • Lentil shaped beads replace the fire polish used in the other two bracelets, eliminating the outer loop of beads.

By making a few small changes, Sue created big differences in the final piece of jewelry.  Consider what small changes you can make in your current project and how it can affect the total outcome. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Big Welcome to Rita Stucke!

During the Glass Act bead show in September, many of you said that you wanted to see Rita’s lampwork beads in our store. 

You asked for it – we made it happen. 

Rita just delivery two trays filled with some of the most beautiful focal and companion beads.  Be sure to stop in to see them for yourself.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


We just received Shelley (Nybakke) Pleines’ samples for her classes in November. 
If you have already signed up for her classes – thank you.  We have reserved a lot of the crystals and pearls for you, so be sure to ask to see them.
If you have not yet signed up for her Shelley’s classes, come in, look at the samples, and let’s get you signed up.  Space is very limited, so come in soon!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Our Fall-Winter, 2013, class schedule starts next week.

Just a reminder – if you wanted to take one of the classes by Shelley (Nybakke) Pleines in November, you need to know Right Angle Weave.  If you do not know that stitch, or you just need to brush up on it, our Realty Bracelet (October 1) is a great class. 

All of our classes are first come/first pay, so sign up ASAP.  734.544.0904. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hager Studios Art Bead Show

Saturday, October 5     10-4 

Susan Matych-Hager is best known for her incredible designs, her clean dots and swirls, and her fabulous sense of color.  Susan’s bead will be available for purchase and be prepared to be awed by her exquisite finished jewelry.  She is always happy to talk about her art and help you design yours.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The New Class List Is Now Ready!

Click Here to view and print your copy.

Some classes are already filling up. 
Please, come in/call soon to reserve your space!

Friday, August 30, 2013

New from Turtle Soup Beads

We just got a shipment of pendants in from Turtle Soup Beads. 

Hurry - they are flying out the door!

International Teacher - Shelley Pleines (Nybakke) - To Be At Stony Creek Bead In November

We are SO EXCITED to announce that Shelley Pleines (formally Shelley Nybakke) is coming to teach at Stony Creek Bead!!! She will be here November 22-24, 2013. 

Shelley requires that students have a good working knowledge of Right Angle Weave before coming to these classes.  If you do not yet know RAW, sign up for either a private lesson or one of our introductory classes so you will feel confident and comfortable in her classes:  Reality Bracelet – October 1, or Hammertone – October 24 (more to come on those).

Since Shelley is coming from out-of state, we will not give any refund for cancellations unless we can fill your spot from the wait list.  Thank you for your understanding.  Registration is now open.  Space is already limited.  734.544.0904.

Steamy Windows     
Friday, November 22   5-8 PM       
This one reminded me of Stained Glass Windows.  But that is sort of a boring name for me and has probably been used numerous times already.  So Steamy Windows it is.  That name reminds me of my high school days and steamy times in a Chevy Super Sport.  And of course no one describes Steamy Windows better than Tina Turner.  Layered Right Angle Weave. Both the perfect necklace and bracelet.

Slow Hand                   
Saturday, November 23         10-4  
Because I have always loved the song by  the Pointer Sisters, (yes I am old), because I didn't get this sample done in time for the Bead & Button Show, and because somehow I got very very lucky and ended up with my very own man with a slow hand.  Actually two slow hands!  Right Angle Weave with 8/0s and 11/0s and a splash of 15/0s.  Hidden snap clasp.  Basic knowledge of RAW is all that is required.  You can embellish any way you want.  All pearls, all crystals, firepolish.... You can make it wide or skinny.  You can do anything you want!  Except of course steal my man with the slow hand. 

Veronica’s Vision
Sunday, November 24  10-4  
My wonderful friend from Sweden, Veronica Velong, actually was the first to make this desig and it is amazing to think about the people and places I have been lucky enough to come to know ALL BECAUSE OF MY LOVE OF BEADING.  If I can pass that along to just a few people, then I'm a happy happy happy girl.
n based on my layered right angle weave technique.  I adored it from the minute I saw it.  She has given me permission to teach her wonderful creation.  I feel very lucky to know Veronica

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Holiday Closing

Just a reminder that we will be closed Labor Day Weekend.  We hope you have a fun, safe, and bead-y holiday!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Save the Date!

On September 14, 2013, we will  host a show for Glass Act.
Glass Act, also known as the Southeastern Michigan Glass Beadmakers Guild, is based in Michigan,  but they have members from around the world.
Each of the participating artists will bring in several trays filled with their work, so, unlike our regular shows that feature one artist, this show will feature many artists and their different styles. 
It's sure to be a great show, so mark it on your calendar!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

19 More SuperDuos Arrived Today

This new line is named after the oil pastels that some artist paint/draw with.  These Pastel SuperDuos all have a rich, pearlized color.  They are simply beautiful and we cannot wait to see what you do with them!   

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Grab Your Sunglasses and Check Out These New SuperDuos

Aren't these neon SuperDuos fun?  If you want to try one of the hottest color trends in beading right now, but are afraid of the neon, tone it down some with black or white beads.  Stop in and we can show you a sample.

We would love to see what you do with yours!  Please, post them on our Facebook page.  Thanks!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Turtle Soup Beads - An Art Bead Show


Susan Bailey’s talent continues to amaze and awe us, so we cannot wait to see the new line of beads that she is debuting at her show on Saturday! New designs - new colors - new techniques - new possibilities.
Not only is she an incredible bead maker, but Susan designs breathtaking jewelry too. She is always happy to share her designs and know-how with you, so be sure to attend Susan’s show on July 27, 2013. 10-4 only.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Petal Beads

Did you fall in love with the earrings on the front of this month's Beadwork?  If so, know that the first shipment of petal beads just arrived. 
Don't stop with just those earrings!  Imagine how they would look in your embroidery, as fringe on a bracelet, or dangles on your next necklace. 
You have to see these beauties in person – the color, texture, and depth is much prettier than it shows in the picture. 
We have two sizes 14x13 and 8x7mm.  Hurry, they won’t last long!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


We just got in a shipment of 2x3 and 2x1 - YES 2x1!- crystals.  This was a show special and will NOT be reordered, so be sure to get all that you want now.

As an added incentive, we have a special on them right now:

Buy 5 or more strands
     Get $1 off per strand!

Thursday, June 20, 2013


What is on trend right now?  Neon!  If you want to give neon a try, but are afraid of wearing a whole shirt in the brights, try this simple RAW bracelet.

The pattern is now available in the store or online at:

Right now we are offering the pattern for free (with the purchase of the materials for this bracelet).  Ask us for more details when you are in the store.

Friday, June 7, 2013


Just this week we add several more patterns to our etsy shop, including this pretty, little bracelet.  Take a look!

While you are on etsy, stop in our sister store where we sell past class samples and other goodies.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Unicorne Beads Trunk Show

Saturday, June 7 - Sunday, June 16
Have you ever been lured in by a bead?  Completely mesmerized by its beauty?  Unlike the mythical creature they are named after, the beads of this company are completely obtainable.  This trunk show will be held at Stony Creek Bead from June 7-16, 2013, only.  They, just like the unicorn, they will disappear “forever."

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hey, SuperDuo Fans!

Normally, we do not release new patterns until after the class has gone. However, there have been so many of you that have begged and pleaded for the Bridger Mountain pattern, that we changed our mind. If you love this beautiful, wide cuff, know that the pattern is now available on etsy. Thanks and happy beading!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Etsy Shop Just Opened

We are happy to announce our new etsy shop!  After being in business for eight years, we have too many samples of jewelry.  Who knew that was even possible?


At our new shop ( we will be selling finished jewelry and other goodies.  Take a peek!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It's All About the Layers

According to InStyle Magazine, one of the biggest trends for this summer is layers and layers of bracelets.  Some of you have always rocked this look.  For the rest of you, try it!  It’s a fun way of showing off all of your hard work and talent.

One trend in layered bracelets, is to wrap things to a chain.  Here I used 7” of rolo chain, 8” of crystal chain, and 5 feet of waxed cotton.  For a pop of color use the nylon, Superlon cord that we have in stock, rather than the cotton.

With rolo chain, the links are in two definite directions – they alternate between up and down, left and right.  To make this bracelet:  Leave a 3” tail of your cording (to knot later), and come UP through the second link in the rolo chain.  Wrap AROUND the crystal chain and go THROUGH the next link of the rolo.  Come UP through the next link of the rolo chain…. Continue until the desired length is reached.  Knot the cord.  Leave the last link of the rolo chain open.  Attach your clasp to that last link. 

 I know that these are super-fast instructions, so come in to see me and we can go over it better.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Let’s get the buzz started!

Every Spring, we see a trend…  After the cold winter, people stroll up and down our sidewalks, enjoying the warm spring sunshine.  We always get about a dozen new people who wander in and say, “I never knew you were here!”

We want your help starting the buzz and spreading the word about Stony Creek Bead.  Here’s what we want you to do…

Write A Favorable Review Of Us Online (Yelp, Google, Etc), Print It Out, Bring It In and Receive $5 Off Your Next Purchase Of $25 Or More.  (Excludes commission items.  One per person.  Offer expires 6/2/13)

Thanks for helping!  Jenn

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Beautiful Clasps Make a Difference

By adding a unique clasp to your jewelry, it will turn a good design into a piece of art.  Lucky for you – Stony Creek Bead just got in a big shipment of decorative clasps.  Here are just a few for you to play with …

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Do You Have Skills?

At Stony Creek Bead, we are firm believers in learning basic techniques, and learning them well.  Once you have those skills to build on, you can have fun creating beautiful art. 

We have two technique classes coming up that we believe everyone should take.  If you have not taken a basic stringing class nor a wrapped loop (earring) class, call to sign up.  We limit the space to eight people, so call soon.  734.544.0904

Basic Stringing         
Thursday, May 23     6-8 PM            $30
You don’t have to spend time “reinventing the wheel.”  We can teach you all you need to know to be successful – jewelry design, how to make your pieces fit, and the best way to finish the clasp combination.

Earrings & More      
Tuesday, May 28       6-8 PM            $30
Everyone who makes any sort of bead jewelry needs to know how to make an excellent Wrapped  Loop.   No excuses!  Earrings, pendants, joining clasps, multiple strands all use this vital technique. 

New Contest!

BeadStyle Magazine has a new contest for you!  October, 2013, is “Visit Your Local Bead Store” month.  To celebrate, the October issue is going to be filled with designs that you have created, and we (the stores) have submitted. 

If you are not familiar with BeadStyle, be sure to look at a copy.  Most of their designs are basic stringing, wrapped loop, simple sewing, etc.  Remember – simple techniques, plus luxurious materials, makes an incredible piece of art.

We, Stony Creek Bead, need a high resolution picture of your design by July 1st.  Be sure to include your name.

We will send the pictures and information to BeadStyle.  BeadStyle will have them posted on their site from July 12-21.  During that time, be sure to have all of your family & friends vote for your design.  The top three designs will be featured in the October issue of BeadStyle.  How cool is that?

E-mail your pictures to
Visit BeadStyle at:

Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring - Summer Classes

Our May-August, 2013, class list is now ready!  Click here to view and print your copy.  Now, grab your calendar, call your friends, and make plans for the classes you are going to take.  Give us a call and we will make the reservations for you.  734.544.0904

Please note – the only way to attach a document to this blog is by using GoogleDocs.  Some of you have trouble viewing items with that format.  Give us a call or e-mail and we will send a pdf directly to you.  Thanks!