About Us

Peoria, Illinois’ original full service bead store!

We have a vibrant oasis of gemstones, precious metals, Swarovski crystals, seed beads, imported glass beads, and much more!  We specialize in custom made jewelry and unique, high-quality, artisan pieces and exciting and innovative beading instruction classes.

Come visit us today for all your beading needs!

We are all moved into The Sunbeam Building.  Still messing around with getting everything where I want it, but we are open and ready for business.

We have also expanded our custom jewelry supply and added a few artists.  We now offer photography, paintings, custom painted glassware.  Make sure to come check us out soon!!!

Free to Bead is locally owned and operated.  All of our teachers are local artists and patrons of the store.

We invite you to shop locally and support your local economy.  Now more than ever it is the right thing to do.  We offer customer service, conversation, advice, and support of all kinds…try getting that on the internet!   We can work with you to get what you want at a reasonable price.

Come in and unleash your creativity! Give us a call at: 309-966-6076.

                                                                           studioent2This the entrance in the back of the building near the public parking lot on main street.  Our studio is located in the hallway directly across this entrance.  The studio the classes will be held in is also thru this entrance you go in and it is the third studio in the hallway on the right.

We are located at 929 N Sheridan Rd in Peoria, IL in the Sunbeam Building (The Studios on Sheridan).  Need directions to Free to Bead? (This is not correct right now.  It will be updated soon) Click HERE!

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Thanks to all of you who continue to support your local bead stores during this difficult economic time.  In speaking with wholesalers and stone importers, we have learned that at least 30% of bead stores have closed in the past 4 years.  We have definitely struggled and we know that you have many options to purchase beading supplies, so we thank you for your continued patronage and loyalty.  Free to Bead will continue to offer you different and exciting new beading supplies.

Check out the feature story in Peoria Journal Star from Saturday September 26, 2009…Front page of the Faith and Values section: http://www.pjstar.com/features/x765653572/Beads-of-life