Crocheted Jewels – NEW Bead Shop in the Farmington Valley!


  • Tuesdays from 10:30 am – 4 pm
  • Wednesdays from 5 – 9 pm
  • Thursdays from 10:30 am – 4 pm or by appointment

141 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT, in the Chabad of the Valley Building

between Bidwell’s Garden Center & Cumberland Farms, across from Dunkin Donuts

It’s true! Finally a place in the Farmington Valley to purchase the finest Japanese and Czech glass beads, and a wide range of the newest supplies for stringing, beadweaving, wire wrapping, Kumihimo and more!

A one-stop-shop, where you can shop and take classes in the same place, while spending time with others who love to make beautiful things

contact Judi at 860.794.8354 for more information
Weekly group classes; individual classes by request.

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Neglected Web Site; LOTS of Projects!

Anyone who checks my web site might well think I no longer  create any beadwork; I certainly would not be able to fault them!  In fact, I have just been so busy with so many projects that I have neglected this poor site.  My apologies!  I shall attempt to add some new pictures, and over the next few months attempt to update more regularly.

For now, rest assured that I am still here, my shop is  still open, and I am still creating new things every day!

I had a blast designing and beading this Odd Count Pendant in the last couple of weeks; now I am deciding how to attach a beaded chain- hope to share the completed work soon. In the meantime, Bead Happy! Judi

Almost Show Time!!!!

packing-for-showThis is a picture I snapped this morning as I was packing for the show next week… I will have a wide range of necklaces, bracelets and earrings available for sale, and hope that everyone who comes will find something special to enjoy.

Please be sure to join me on September 24 & 25 10am – 5pm, at the Avon Village Marketplace, 41 East Main Street, Avon

Avon Arts Association Art & Craft Show & Sale

PLEASE mark your calendars ladies and gents!

I’m delighted to announce that I have been accepted into this juried show.  My jewelry designs will be on display and available for sale from 10am – 5pm on September 24 and 25, in the Avon Village Marketplace, 41 East Main Street, Avon CT.

I plan to have a wide range of of pieces available, in a range of prices.

Also exciting, my DH will also be showing his phenomenal wood turnings!  We are both excited, and hope to see you!

So many new Designs!

It has been a busy time!  I have new students in my classes, and creating new designs and teaching new classes has kept me super-busy!  Here are few pictures of some recent work:Dashing Diamonds Cuff (2) flower sprinkled necklaces On the Vine One the Vine Necklace 5 Papillon Bracelet 3

I MUST get out my camera and take some more pictures!  For now, enjoy these, and Bead Happy!

Avon Nail & Spa – Avon, CT

Victor & Eva have kindly allowed me to display some of my jewelry designs in their salon.  A small selection of my handmade earrings, bracelets and necklaces are on display and available for purchase.  Stop in ( 315 West Main Street, between Michaels and Marshalls), have a manicure and pedicure and do a little shopping!


Cellini Spiral

OCellini Spring Necklace (2)h how I love thee! Cellini is so much fun!  I first learned about this great stitch from Kim Rueth, owner of Knot Just Beads, and just recently Carol Cypher shared her brilliant insight about working on it with NO step ups.  Well, I can step up with everyone else, but if I can skip it, I will!  Tah-Dah!  So much easier!  I love this just completed necklace.

If you want to make one too, here’s how: Cellini Spring Necklace

In Sheep’s Clothing

Isn’t that a cute name for a Yarn Shop?  Ginger Balch, the owner of said shop, in Torrington, CT, has been asking me to teach a beading class in her shop for many months.  We FINALLY arranged a date – and didn’t have a snowstorm – and I was joined by Ginger and 5 other delightful ladies for a really fun afternoon!

Everyone learned a lot of basic beading principles, and went home with materials and knowledge they can use for many other projects, along with everything needed for a beautiful swirling SuperDuo Spiral bracelet.

SuperDuo Spiral

We used beads from Czechoslovakia and Japan, with beautiful colors and many different coatings, and learned about checking 2-hole beads, using a bead reamer and even two different ways of adding Fireline to a project.

Our next class will probably be in May…stay tuned for details!

Be sure to visit In Sheep’s Clothing for all your knitting, crocheting and weaving supplies and classes!

New Logo!

Well, I’m thrilled that the child theme is working correctly, and I finally have a new logo!  I was delighted with what was presented to me (I DID pay for the work!), and even more delighted that I have been able to modify and work with the design!

I took a fantastic  last fall at Stitches East with Amy Gunderson from Universal Yarn, Creative Crochet Charting, in which I learned a beginning foundation about working with Inkscape, a fantastic FREE drawing program.  And so, tah-dah…I have been able to manipulate my beautiful new logo just enough to create my new site header to my specifications!

Now, I need new business cards, and I need to continue to upload all the patterns and pictures that I lost in the transition to this hosting provider.  It’s a slow process, but I’m excited about the improvements I’m making!

Child Theme

I am the first to admit that I am truly NOT a web designer!  Jewelry designer – yes, , crochet designer – yes, but web designer – no!  However, this time around I am trying to do a better job!  So, I have finally learned how to create a “Child Theme” for my site.  Why” What does that mean?  Well, I can’t explain it exactly, but it has something to do with trying to be sure that updates to my framework of my theme can be applied without destroying my site.  Took a lot of reading, and very careful following of directions, but voila!  It’s done!  A good way to spend a snowy morning!

Now, I have to figure out the best way to make updates, and I can start reloading pictures of my work!v  Have a great day – stay warm!