Wednesday, December 17, 2014

January - March, 2015, Class List

CLICK HERE to view the new class list.  Notice that classes do not start until January 22.  Until then we are offering any of our past classes as private lessons - just call the store and we will be happy to set up the date and time for you.  734.544.0904

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Do You Love Seed Beads?

If so, you will not want to miss this new book by Lisa Kan.  The projects are beautiful!  We only have 6 copies, so come in ASAP for yours.  You do not want to miss this book!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


A HUGE Thank You to everyone who came to our show yesterday!  I hope you enjoyed it as much
as Sue and I did.  All of the artists were delighted by how many of you come.  More importantly, they were blown away by how supporting, kind and generous you were to them.  What did they expect?  Beaders are fabulous people!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Small Business Saturday Artisan Show

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 ~ 10 - 4

Our small business is hosting other local artists for this one-day event.  Please join us!

Some of the artists include:
Angela's Line Laser Engraving - unique handmade laser cutting & laser engraved jewelry, candle holders, personalized gifts and more.

AtoZ Letter Art – Creative Alphabet Photos & Intriguing Word Designs

BodySinSations - Luxurious Soaps

Deb Juriga – Beautifully crafted, hand-woven baskets.

LushLapel – Millinery and craft supply. A full line of bases, veil netting, feathers, embellishments, & DIY kits.

Michele Montour - Hand-dyed silk with merino wool (nuno-felting), Silk shawls/scarves, Mobius silk wraps, & Felted caterpillar neck warmers

Olivia J. Designs - "Cultivating Beauty"
Handcrafted, One of a Kind Journals and Mixed Media Art

Red Opal Designs – Lampwork beads and finished metal jewelry

Turtle Soup Beads – Finished jewelry and other assemblage art.

Click Here for more info

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Art Bead Show At Stony Creek Bead

Buckaroo Beads
Saturday, November 15   
10 am – 4 pm 

SHE’S BACK!  After taking a couple years’ hiatus, Sandy Helm is back at the torch making her incredible lampwork beads.  We cannot wait to see what she has created for you. 

Sandy still has a huge following, so be sure to arrive early for the best selection

Come and take a class at Stony Creek Bead!

We have classes for every skill level - talk to us about which would be the best one for you.

Coming up soon:  Li's "Chain of Office" and Sue's "Luminous" Necklaces.  Call or come in for more details.  734.544.0904

Chain of Office  
Sat, Nov 8         
10:30-2:30  4 HOUR CLASS   $50

During the 1500’s royalty and clergy wore chains to show their office and status.  You MUST have a good working knowledge of CRAW.  If not, talk to us about getting you the right skills needed so you can join this class.  Instructor: Liz Thompson.

Saturday, November 22       
10:30-1:30      3 HOURS       $40
Whenever Jenn wears this necklace people stop her to stare at the pendant.  It seems to have an inner glow about it – truly luminous.  This three-hour class is for someone with previous seed bead experience.  Please, ask for more details.  Instructor:  Sue Schwartzenberger.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Patterns for Sale

We have added several new patterns to our etsy site.  Click here and check them out!

Need beads to make these projects?  Stop in and we will be happy to help you find all that you need to play, create, and have fun.

T-F 10-6; Sat 10-4; Sun 10-2

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Turtle Soup Beads - Art Bead Show

Saturday, October 25   
10 am – 4 pm

We absolutely love the artwork of Susan Bailey!  She just told us that she has been working on a lot of new designs and will be premiering them at this show.  Arrive early, as they will sell out fast.

Be sure to look at all of the samples that Susan brings for inspiration.  Not sure how something was made?  Ask!  She is very generous with her knowledge and likes to help & encourage fellow beaders.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Classes Are In Full Swing - Sign Up For Your Favorites Today!

Call or come in to sign up for your classes.  734.544.0904.

Here is just a sampling of what is coming up next.  Come in to get your full class schedule and to see the projects in person.

Thursday, October 9             6-8       $30
Named after a variety of succulent plant that grows in these colors, this great wrap bracelet will be beautiful in other colors as well. What colors are you going to use?  Instructor:  Sue Schwartzenberger.

Fer À Cheval Bracelet
Saturday, October 11            2:00-4:00        $30
Who couldn’t use a little more luck?  This horseshoe design reminds us of the best kind of all – the kind we make for ourselves. If this class time does not fit your schedule, consider taking the Fer À Cheval Earrings class on Tuesday, December 2.  Instructor:  Sue Schwartzenberger.

Tuesday, October 14    6-8    $30
Cover your favorite jar with a little bit of bead embroidery.  Fill it with a few chocolates and it will make a great gift!    Instructor:  Sue Schwartzenberger.

Thursday, October 16   6-8    $30

Bricks have been used in architecture for over 5,000 years, but much more recently in jewelry design.  Be prepared – all of your friends are going to want you to make one of these for them too.    Instructor:  Sue 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Excuse me while I brag for a moment…

Sue & I have another project that was just published in this year’s Beadwork Quick + Easy Magazine.  

Come in to get you copy and check out our project on page 82.  Look at the rest of the magazine too – it looks like a pretty good issue.  

We are open T-F 10-6; Sat 10-4; Sun 10-2.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mums In Bloom!

The October Bead & Button Magazine is now available.  Sue's Mums in Bloom Bracelet is featured on page 24.  Congratulations Sue!

Would you like to make one (or more) of these bracelets?  Come in the store and we will help you select colors, or you can purchase a kit from our etsy store.

Happy Beading!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

375 and Growing!

I just did a little math as was surprised…  Did you know that we have over 375 original patterns for you to
play with?!?  Some are on etsy (click below), but come in to the store to see the entire pattern library.  While you are here, pick up the supplies for your new patterns too. 

We are open Tuesday - Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-4; and Sunday 10-2.  See you in a few!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Open 24/7

Did you know that our etsy shop is open 24/7? Yep – now with the patterns available for instant download - you can shop for new bead patterns any time of the day (even while in your pjs). Shop away at:

For everything else, visit us 2060 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. T-F 10-6; Sat 10-4; Sun 10-2

Friday, July 18, 2014

Burl Wood Cabs!

Each one takes hours to create, but the result is worth it.  Every one is unique, so come in to pick out yours today.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just In

Look at the AMAZING new pendants by Turtle Soup Beads! 

Come get yours before they are gone.

Tues - Fri 10-6; Sat 10-4; Sun 10-2

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Excuse Us While We Brag A Moment…

The August Bead & Button Magazine just arrived and Sue’s Aztec Queen Necklace is featured in the “Your Work” section on page 19!  Come in and pick up your magazine today.

If you are interesting in making your own Aztec Queen Necklace, the pattern is available online or in the store.  When you come in to pick up the magazine, we can talk about colors for this design.  See you soon!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Have you found us on Pinterest?

You know who you are!  Good thing we are so close to Kroger.
Come check out our Pinterest boards - filled with great color ideas, bead tips, funny quotes, and more.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Come Meet Duane Collins - This Saturday!

Hello!  We are very excited to announce that Duane Collins (Elements Pottery) is bringing all of his raku beads & pendants to Stony Creek Bead this Saturday, June 21st.

Duane just told us that he and his family are moving to Colorado at the end of this month.  While we are happy for him and wish him luck in his new adventure, we are sad to see such a talented artist leave Michigan. 

This may be your one and only time to meet the man behind the art, so we hope that you will stop in and say hello.

Until we see you on Saturday - Happy Beading!

Jenn & Sue

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Bead Collections Now Available!

We just created more of our Bead Collections. These mixes are great for any of your free-form projects,
fringe, embroidery, crochet… well, just about anything.

They are now available in the store and on etsy!

Click Here to learn more.

We Are Happy To Help!

During this past week several of you have stopped in and said that you bought beads at Nate’s show, but you had no idea on what to do with them. If that sounds familiar, please – feel free to stop in with your beads, and we will help you design your next project. See you soon!

T-F 10-6; Sat 10-4; Sun 10-2

Elements Pottery Art Bead Show

Elements Pottery          
Saturday, June 21        10-4
Duane is a raku artist, specializing in small scale work.  A variety of beads, pendants, cabochons, buttons,
and other components combined with a variety of color, texture, surface finish, and special effects create a wide palette of design elements for jewelry designers,.  Unique creations, attention to detail, and fabulous colors are his trademark.  He resides in Michigan and has been a ceramic artist for 35 years.

We have had Duane Collins’ amazing Raku beads and pendants in our shop for a couple of years. Many of you are familiar with his art, now come meet the man in person. He recently told us that he is working on some new designs that will premiere at this show. Come early to see – and buy – all the new stuff!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A BIG Thank You!

Thank you very much for everyone that came to yesterday’s show.  Nate had a great time, and I hope you did too.

This morning Sue has been putting labels on our new items.  Many of the things we kept for the store were not even out at the show, so stop in soon and check out what is new.

Thank you again!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Holiday Hours

Please note that this holiday weekend we will be open Saturday (10-4), but closed Sunday.  We hope your holiday is relaxing, safe, and filled with beads.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Attention Auction and Beading Fans!

Best-selling author, Brenda Novak, is holding an on-line auction to help raise money for diabetes research.  To help, Stony Creek Bead has two things up for action.

First up is a bead embroidery "basket". Don't be shy ladies, all the money goes to diabetes research. Good luck!

Second up for bidding (and this one is a biggy)... 90, yes - 90! - PDF Beading Patterns. Retail value is $810. Opening bid is $3. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Biggest Show of the Year!

Will be at Stony Creek Bead
on Saturday, May 31

Join us as we host Nate, our bead rep.  He is going to bring a HUGE selection of beads so you can design, create, and play. 

Our personal favorites are his glass pearls, two-hold beads, daggers, miracle beads, silk ribbon, stones, lentils...  okay... the truth is that we love everything that Nate brings, and you will too!

Friday, May 2, 2014

They’re Here, They’re Here – The new brick beads are here!

If you need an idea on how to use these two-holed beads, pick up the current issue of Beadwork Magazine.  There are four projects in it that use these beads.

Be sure to check out the new Halo firepolish too as some of them coordinate with the new brick beads. 

They won’t last long, so come in soon!

Friday, April 25, 2014

New Beads Have Arrived!

We just got in a new shipment of Czech glass.  Come in to see what is new.  Here is a little preview...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Come explore the art of Kathy Bingaman of Bingaman Designs!

Bingaman Designs 
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10 am to 4 pm.

Kathy produces such beautiful beads, pendants, and cabochons that we can’t make a decision on what we like best…

The Sea Glass Line – Spending hours on the beach garners sea glass of all sizes and shapes, and she uses it as the base for these designs.  Kathy lets the shape and texture of the glass dictate the design, so every piece is truly unique.

The Geometric Line -   Repeating patterns and bold colors dominate this series.  If you want a statement piece like no other, be sure to check out this group.

The Nature Line – From animals to acorns, nymphs to nautical creatures – this line is for nature fans, and lovers of whimsy.

Stony Creek Bead will be closed on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A New Contest...

Derby Hat or Fascinator Contest!

Why a Derby Hat or Fascinator? 
Well, why not?  For generations women in the South have been wearing fabulous hats and fascinators to derbies, tea parties, luncheons, and anywhere else that they want to show off or outshine their neighbors.  If they can do it, so can we!

Your designs can be big and bold, whimsical and witty, sedate and seductive (or any other combination of adjectives) - but they must all be fun to create and to wear.

When Is My Hat or Fascinator Due ?
Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 3 pm.
Winner to be announced between 3:30 and 4 pm
In order to be considered for judging, and thus eligible to win one of the prizes, your design must be at Stony Creek Bead no later than 3pm on Saturday, May 10.
We hope that you will come a bit early and show off your creation.  However, if you cannot be here at that time, we will accept them earlier.

1. Some of the beads or materials  must be purchased at Stony Creek Bead. (It's our contest, after all.)
2. This should be a new creation, not previously entered into any other contest. (Because you should have a new hat or fascinator as often as possible.)
3. To be considered for the Grand Prize, your creation must be wearable.  (While wall art or statuary pieces are admirable, this contest is all about beautiful head gear!)

Did Someone Say Prizes?
Yep, that's right!  We have decided that everyone who enters will get a prize, and
the Grand Winner will receive a $75 gift card to Stony Creek Bead and a $50 gift card to LushLapel.
So, put on your creativity caps and get designing!

The beads should be from us, and, for everything else, visit: 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stony Creek Bead Kits on Etsy!

Announcing Stony Creek Bead Kits on Etsy! We started with our most popular pattern - Dicey Diamonds Bracelet and we will be adding more over the next couple of days (so check back often).  CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE.

We can create a custom kit for you too! Send us a message, call or come in. Tell us what pattern, the colors you are looking for (if different than ours), and we will put together a customized kit just for you.

Happy Beading!

Friday, March 28, 2014

LushLapel at Stony Creek Bead!

Millinery Supply Show
LushLapel is coming to Stony Creek Bead, bringing everything you need to make a stupendous Derby hat or fascinator -  a wide variety of fascinator bases feathers, veiling, ribbons, and more. (They do not currently supply full-sized hats.) 

Why a Millinery Show?  Watch your inbox for more details as we will be having a contest soon.  (We are still just hammering out a few of the details.)

LushLapel will be at Stony Creek Bead on Saturday, April 12 from 10-4 only.  

You can also find them at:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


We found a typo in our class list.  The class time for embroidery class on April 15 is 6-8pm. (NOT 11:30-1:30 as listed).  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bead Embroidery Exploration
Tuesday, April 15 11:30-1:30 $30
Start small, but think big!  Learn the basics of bead embroidery and let your imagination fly free!  Instructor:  Sue Schwartzenberger

Friday, March 21, 2014

You Asked For It, So Here You Go...

You asked us if we could sell the Beadwork Challenge beads separately.

Yes - we now have them on our etsy site.

Happy Beading!

Click Here to See More

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What Are You Doing This Sunday?

ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT in Sue's Fostoria class this Sunday.  Call now to register!  734.544.0904

Fostoria Necklace     
Sunday, March 23     
11:30-1:30      $30
Elegant crystals and pearls – but don’t save this just for “dress-up occasions” – it looks great worn with a tee-shirt and jeans!  Bezels and simple stringing – you should have this! Previous seed bead experience required.  Please ask for more details. Instructor:  Sue Schwartzenberger

UPDATE:  This pattern is now available in the store or on our etsy site: Click here to see more

Friday, March 7, 2014

What A Challenge!

The new Beadwork Magazine just arrived. Look for Turtle Soup Beads and Stony Creek Beads mentioned on page 12 as we donated the “Challenge Bead Kit”. It is amazing to see what these four talented beaders did with their kit.

Do you want to take the challenge? There are three kits left on our etsy site (www. We would love it if you would post your finished project for all of us to see.

Happy Beading!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Do Not Miss Out!

Our classes this semester have been well received.  So much so, that many of them are very limited in available spaces.  

If you can join us for a class (or two), be sure to sign up ASAP.  734.544.0904

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Sue’s Buchanan Bracelet has had such a good response that we had to add a second class. If you want to join us, give us a call as the store (as half of the spaces are already gone). 734.544.0904

Buchanan Bracelet. Sunday, February 2. 11 am to 1 pm.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Come See What Is New at Stony Creek Bead!

Last week was a busy one for us, here at Stony Creek Bead.  In just one day we received NINE different shipments of product!  

Come in soon to check out the new SuperDuos, firepolish, clasps, and more.

Tuesday - Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-4
Sunday 10-2

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bingaman Designs is Here!

In our last e-mail, did you read that we are going to host a show for Bingaman Designs in May?  Saturday, May 5 – so mark your calendars.  To tease, inspire, and hold us over until the show, she has sent us some of her most popular pendants, cabochons, and beads.  Come in to see them for yourself – simply stunning.