Candy necklaces and ring pops look great, but many prefer the nuanced mouthfeel and clean finish of precious gems and metals. Show off sophisticated taste with today's Groupon for Theodora’s Beautiful Beads in the Kentlands Shopping Center in Gaithersburg. Choose from two options:
- $20 for $40 worth of beads and supplies
- $15 for an introductory beading or craft class (a $30 value)
Theodora’s Beautiful Beads, also known as Bead Attitudes, is a quaint shop bursting with quality beads and stringing supplies. A cascading collection of Czech and old German glass (ranging from $2 to $35 per strand) lines the colorful walls, along with a panoply of seed beads and freshwater pearls ($10–$15). Also available is a large selection of specialty beads and art glass, as distinguished and intriguing as a rogue gun-slinging butler. Supplies are neatly assembled to inspire interesting compositions and exquisite designs. Beaders also can feast their fingers on an extensive collection of stringing materials, as well as a treasure trove of chain, sterling, silver plate, and copper (ranging from $1.25 to $30 per foot). The staff at Theodora’s is dedicated to bead-craft and is more than happy to offer advice about project difficulties and expound on the benefits of a bead-based economy.
Theodora’s also offers beginning bead stringing classes for aspiring craftspeople of all ages. These two-hour seminars teach the basics of creating beaded jewelry, putting beauty into the hands of the beholder and leading to a sense of accomplishment rivaling that of a financially successful mime. You can also use this Groupon for another class of equal value ($30) if you so choose; options include introduction to wire-wrapping, crochet, and learning to craft the St. Petersburg Chain, a project that resembles a fashionable coil of DNA. Call ahead to enroll in a class.
Theodora’s Beautiful Beads is closed on Sundays and Mondays except for scheduled classes and appointments.
Theodora's Beautiful Beads, also known as Bead Attitudes, has a four-star average from eight Insider Pagers: