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Necklace made by Carol Einfaldt during one of Beadphoria's Open Beading Nights

by Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria

So what do a nurse, a fashion student still in college, the CFO of one of the area’s largest construction companies, a stay at home mom on disability, and a semi-retired school teacher have in common? Why, beading, of course!

This diverse group of women gathers together almost every week to share the joy of beading during one of Beadphoria’s open studio nights. When they sit down at the large table with their containers of beads, bead boards, and tools, the walls that seem to divide them fall away.  It becomes a sort of beading sisterhood by sharing our love of jewelry making.

The group has met over the past three years. Laughter, support, and creativity abound when we get together. When someone is stuck on a design, it helps to have other eyes to give a new perspective. When someone gets stuck in life, there is always open ears and hearts to help give a new perspective.

Being a part of a beading group helps to stretch your creativity and make new friends with a common interest. If you are in the Chicago area, come join us Wednesdays 7-9pm at Brickton Art Center in Park Ridge, IL. If you are in other parts of the country, consider checking with Meetup.com, your local bead store, or community center.

If you have any questions about beading, or Open Beading with Beadphoria, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com.