Please call the store to sign up 309-682-2323

Price of instruction for most classes is $15 or $20.  Copper enameling and George’s soldering classes have an extra $5 materials charge.  No supplies are included unless otherwise noted.  Viking Knit class includes weaving dowel and daisy.

If you would like to have a private party, please view details on our website:



 Saturday August 2, 11am basic beading, $15

Everything you need to know to start making beautiful jewelry.

Faith Hope and Love Bracelet made with TierraCast beads, charms, and clasp with Swarovski crystal.

Faith Hope and Love Bracelet made with TierraCast beads, charms, and clasp with Swarovski crystal.


Saturday August 2, 1pm Crystal Mosaic Pendant

Classes fee $20 includes epoxy clay, form and crystals sold separately



Thursday August 7 at 6pm – Peyote Stitch Silver Earrings with Annette - $20 class fee and kit is $15.  This is a great deal for all sterling silver components!!  Learn the basic Peyote Stitch while creating this modern and unique earring design.  

Peyote Stitch Silver Earrings

Saturday August 9….no class

IGNITE PEORIA…at Peoria Civic Center


Thursday August 14 at 6pm - Pyramids on the Horizon with Annette

Leather and Czech Glass Bracelet, class $20, kit $20

Annette designed the fabulous bracelet using the thick licorice leather with a beautiful stitched Czech glass slider.  We have several colors to choose.



Saturday August 16, 11am Stitching with Sheila $20  

ALSO Saturday August 16 at 2pm – FREE CLASS with Janet – Gemstone Wrap Bracelet  This is a great time to learn the fabulous Chan Luu style leather bracelet technique because the class instruction is FREE and all semi-precious gemstone strands are 20% off for the month of August only!  



And in the back room….11am Metalwork with George

$20 class fee, plus $5 materials fee for gas, solder and brazing rods. Layer metals, torch fire enamels, braze bezels and cut and shape metal sheet for tab setting stones ………….let your imagination soar!

georges class 2

Georges Class 1


Thursday August 21 6pm – Graduated Peyote Stitch Bracelet with Amanda G.  A great little bracelet to learn the Peyote Stitch.  What makes this fun is the use of 4 different sizes of seed beads.  This is wonderful for beginners to start beading or for advanced beaders looking for a relaxing evening.  

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August 23 and 24th we will have a booth at the Peoria Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show – we also have some great classes at the store on August 23rd.

August 23-24-PEORIA, ILLINOIS Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show!

51st annual show; Geology Section of the Peoria Academy of Science; The Grand Hotel; 4400 N. Brandywine Dr.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; silent auctions, kids’ area, fluorescent display, panning flume; contact Jim Travis, (309) 645-3609; e-mail:; Web site:

Saturday August 23 11am, New design from Kim Stice called Butterfly March using two-holed Czech glass dagger beads, fire polish beads, and seed beads!

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Saturday August 23 1pm, Paper Bead Making with Amanda

 paper beads


August 29th 6pm – midnight and August 30 noon – midnight

26th Annual Illinois Blues Festival at Peoria Riverfront Park

We will have a vendor booth at this event and it’s sure to be a great time with three different entertainment stages!  For more information please visit their website:




Attention Beaders!  Do you have beads and supplies that you aren’t using?  Do you have more beads than you know what to do with?  Join Free to Bead for their DESTASH SALE!  Bring your beads and supplies, buy and trade with other bead artists, sell to the public!  

Saturday September 27th 11am – 5pm

Sunday September 28th Noon – 4pm

$10 per participant.  For more info or to reserve your spot in the sale, stop by the store or call Free to Bead at 309-682-2323 

3 thoughts on “Classes

  1. Flo

    I’m considering the class for The Checkmate Bracelet, which calls for Czech tiles with 2 holes. I have square tiles with only one hole in the narrow sides, and am wondering if there’s any way of incorporating these into something that will work for this class. I’m afraid one hole doesn’t allow for much stability. Thanks!

  2. Elizabeth Hardaway

    I missed another great class, the March 21 stitched earrings. Maybe it will come around again… I am still interested in the the convertable crystal and lamp work necklace. I will keep watching



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