Bead Basics lavishes jewelers of all skill levels with the necessary equipage and abilities to craft their own bead masterpieces. Instructors string together a monthly calendar of more than 25 classes that teach up to 16 students at a time techniques or specific projects such as Beading Basics, Tila Spiral Bracelet, and Viking Knit. The online catalog's virtual glass cases brim with exquisitely crafted pieces and the requisite tools for shaping bracelets, stringing necklaces, and swapping out the queen's jewels with decoys.
With an eye for bold design, the staff at FinnStyle curates clothing, home décor, and other goods from Finnish designers including Marimekko, Iittala, and Artek. The online store and brick-and-mortar building house wares that have been featured in magazines such as Lucky, Dwell, and The Nest. Among the items, colorful bolts of Marimekko fabric await future occupations as curtains, pillow covers, or dresses, and Kalevala jewelry designs, modeled after archeological finds from the Iron Age, form bold statement pieces for the neck, ears, and wrists.
Started in 1998, Fired Up Studios has quickly evolved from a small pottery studio to an art center with classes and a gallery. Despite this growth, its mission remains the same: to raise the spirits of anyone who enters. In the 7,200-square-foot studio, experienced potters provide a judgment-free creative outlet for students and visiting artists alike, inviting them to have fun and experiment with the studio's collection of pottery wheels, kilns, and glazes. These potters also teach students how to throw clay, shape up elegant bowls and vases, and sculpt pixelization onto nude figures.
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The staff at Amazing Threads shares its enthusiasm for knitting by stocking high-end supplies and leading four levels of how-to classes. With a 2,400-square-foot studio, the shop boasts one of the largest yarn selections in the Midwest: skeins from Rowan and SMC Select are among the offerings, along with a deep selection of hand-dyed fibers from lines such as Arataunia and Three Irish Girls. This armory of yarn is complemented by buttons, bags, and needles from Skacel Collection, Plymouth Yarn Company, Kertzer, and other top brands. Small-group classes take place in Amazing Threads’ 24’x24’ classroom, where students learn to knit and crochet scarves, mittens, and covers for their blacksmith anvils.
Lori Greene started “The Stick” (as Mosaic on a Stick is affectionately known) more than eight years ago, spreading out roots that teach and bring together the community around her. Mosaic on a Stick serves as a social hub where students come to chat, stock up on supplies, or plan out community projects. Recent works have included a partnership with ArtScope to help local teenagers create a mosaic mural on the Hancock Recreation Center. Graduates of the studio’s various classes wind up creating tabletops, birdbaths, benches, and house numbers, many of which are displayed for sale in the store. Lori is always on hand to offer tips, working out of a studio in the back where she mines her interests in Yoruba beadwork from Nigeria, nkisi figures of the Congo, and textile patterns.