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July 1, 2005

Tampa Bay & Florida's West Coast
Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg
Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Ft Myers, Naples


Please let me know new organizations, bead or fiber stores that are not listed here.  If you know one has closed or moved, please email me so I can keep this listing updated.

American Sewing Guild (ASG) Chapters  For the local chapter in the Tampa Bay area, contact Jill Urquhart at 727-723-1170.  Your membership with the American Sewing Guild includes membership to The Bead Goes On bead society.  ASG membership also offers a 10% on your purchases at many sewing centers and fabric stores.

Arts Info   A newsletter published by the Arts Council of Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties This newsletter includes information about performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, internships/apprenticeships/residencies, grants, scholarships, employment, art in public places and items of local interest.  For more information about this newsletter, in Hillsborough call 813-229-2787 and in Pinellas call 727-464-6053.

  • Arts Council of Hillsborough County, 705 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Fl 33602, 813-276-8250
  • Pinellas County Arts Council, 14700 Terminal Blvd, Suite 229, Clearwater, Fl 33762, 727-507-4114

Bay Area Button Club Meets 4th Monday of each month at 9:30AM at the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce, 5851 Park Blvd.; also meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM at 3445 36th Avenue North, St. Petersburg.  For information, call 727-526-6695.

Busy Beaders Meets 2nd Wed of each month, 11:30am-3pm, Brandon Library Community Room, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon, FL.  For more information, call Debby Conejo 813-685-3353

Florida Tropical Weavers Guild - Florida State Guild  Hosts yearly conference with workshops and exhibits. Membership includes newsletters. Their conference is always in March of each year, for more information, contact Nancy Ryder at 727-937-7627.

Florida Craftsmen Non-profit organization for artists. Host exhibitions, conferences and community activities. Florida Craftsmen also has a gallery of member's juried work on display and for sale.  Florida Craftsmen host activities throughout the Florida area.  Members receive newsletters with opportunities for artists and listings of exhibitions and shows.   For more information call 727-821-7391, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3703.

Florida West Coast Bead Society  Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00PM at the Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St. in Sarasota, one block east of Rte. 41 (Tamiami Trail).  For more information call Marty Montague at 941-921-0871.

Hillsborough Community College   Ybor City School of Visual & Performing Arts, Ybor City Campus, Palm Avenue & 15th St, Tampa, Fl 33675, offers a variety of art related programs year round.  For more information, call 813-253-7674.

Museum of Fine Art  Non-profit organization hosting exhibitions, art related educational presentations.  Membership includes a newsletter with all the dates and information of upcoming exhibits and events.  There are societies that meet at the Museum for special presentations, such as the Palladian Society with music presentations and FODA, Friends of the Decorative Arts with decorative art presentations and field trip to local areas of interest.  For more information, call 727-896-2667, fax 727-894-4638, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.  Museum Hours, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm; third Thursday of each month, open until 9pm, except during the summer.  Visit their website at .

Pinellas Weavers Guild   Meets the third Saturday of each month at 10AM, Senior Center, 940 Court Street in downtown Clearwater, Florida, from September through May.  They have workshops during the summer. For more information contact Judy Piotter at 727-584-8787.  You can also check their website,  Tell them the Beadwrangler sent you.

Surface Design Guild  Meets the second Monday of each month at the Clearwater Countryside Library, located at highway 580 and Countryside.   Social time and sharing is from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, the meeting is from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  We are a diverse group of crocheters, knitters, weavers, beaders, quilters, fiber dyers, spinners, polymerists, basketmakers, dollmakers, plus many other crafts.  We have Show and Tell of our latest creations, share information and techniques, and there is one class a month taught by members.  There is a member fee for the classes and they are worth every cent.  Members receive a newsletter each month with all the current information.  Classes are very diverse.  I taught beaded braids this last June.  Other past classes included felting, quilting, machine design stitching, beading, needle felting, fabric dyeing, dollmaking and many other crafts.  This July Linda Dawson will teach color theory and in August I teach weaving with wire on a bead loom and adding beads.  If you are interested in our organization, come to one of our meetings.  If you need more information, you can call me at 813-269-9247 or CaroleAnn Lovin, Membership Chairman, 727-799-1835,  This organization is great and I try to make it to every meeting.   See you there.

Tampa Bay Basketmakers  Meets the third Saturday of each month at 9AM, St. Johns Episcopal Church, 1676 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, from September through May each year.   Some of the meetings are held in Tampa.  For more information contact Judy Shamblin, 727-298-0066.

Tampa Bay Renegades/CGOA Chapter  Our organization have disbanded.  We did not have enough attendance to continue.  Check the Surface Design Guild listing, a diverse group of crafters including crochet.

The Bead Goes On Meets the 1st Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm, The Hospice-North community Service Center, 2675 Tampa, Rd. (NW corner of Tampa Rd and Westlake Rd.  For more information, contact Jill Urquhart 727-723-1170

The Arts Center Hosts a variety of shows and exhibits and workshops.  This is a nonprofit organization that has galleries and classrooms including an art jewelry/metals studio.  They also host summer camp for middle school children.   For more information about membership and activities, write to The Art Center Association, Inc., 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, call 727-822-7872 or visit their website at .

West Coast Chapter of Florida Society of Goldsmiths   Monthly meetings with interesting programs; craftsmen working in metals and jewelry are welcome, contact Phil London, 727-398-2900.

Local Shows/Events Year Round

The Arts Center, The Florida Craftsmen and Museum of Fine Art all host exhibits, workshops and other events throughout the year.  For information on their current events, check their individual listing and contact information above.

Autumn/Spring/Winter/Summer Gatherings   Craft shows at St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida.  For more information about the events or to be a vendor, contact Crafts From Scratch, Inc., 703 House Wren Circle, Palm Harbor, FL 34683, 727-787-6027,  , , .

Intergalactic Bead Show  Is under new management and the admittance fee is now $5 for Saturday and $4 for Sunday instead of $8.  Great!  We will start attending again.  They travel through the Florida area each year.  Check their website calendar, for dates in your area.

Lake Eustis Fine Arts Festival  Sep 27-28, 2003, Ferran Park on the Lake, Historic Downtown Eustis, 100 artist juried fine art and fine craft show.  For more information on attending or application as an exhibitor, contact the Eustis

Museum of Art, 113 North Bay Street, Eustis, FL, call 352-357-4952, email, or fax 352-589-6157.

Nice People Co., Inc. Check their schedule at .  Their bead shows travel to several areas in Florida including Clearwater plus the Georgia and Alabama area.   You can also call them at 516-466-5808 or email .

The Bead Merchant  Show  Bead shows throughout the north and southeast area of the USA hosted by Jane Overman.   Jane always has a huge selection of Japanese beads from her store plus a diversity of vendors at each of the shows.   You can depend on a quality bead show with Jane hosting them.  For more information and additional show locations check , or call Tom at 423-823-2021.  Jane will soon have professional beaders at each show, volunteering their time to help those new to beading with some of the basic beading stitches..

The Down The Street Bead Show This bead show travels to various parts of the USA every year.  Several vendors offer a variety of bead material.  For a schedule of the shows check .   Their show does come to locations in Florida plus other areas of the north and eastern area of the USA.  If you are interested in joining this bead show as a vendor, email Rick Baldwin or call him at 1-866-667-3732 . 

Bead and Fiber Sources
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If you are opening a new bead or fiber store or know of one that is new,
ask the store to email me so I can include them.
Local glassmakers can contact me about inclusion in the glass beadmakers list.

Glass Beadmakers
Glassmakers often travel to bead shows so leave a phone # or email if they are not in.

 Jewelz - Designer Beads - Lea Zinke is a glassmaker and winner of national awards.  Her beads offer a romantic flair of florals and vegetation among other creations.  She is located in Largo, FL, 727-519-9406, Ebay seller on "beadme,"email her at or check her website for more information about her beads.

Beth Olson Glass   Kissimmee, FL, 407-847-4151 or email, is a new glassmaker creating gorgeous tulip shaped large glass beads and wonderful fairies.  You will find her at most the bead shows in the Tampa Bay area including Jayne's Fiber & Bead Shows.

Mr Beady Glass Art & Flamworking Supply  11761 S. Orange Blossom  Trail, Suite A, Orlando, FL 328375, offering bead glassmaking classes.  For more information call 407-240-5377 or 407-240-0272.

Gasparilla/Mardi Gras Beads

 Accent Annex Mardi Gras Madness, 1701 N. 20th St, 4,400 square foot shop of Gasparilla/Mardi Gras Beads during the months of the events.  No phone number listed.  

ALL SAM'S STORES  Stock Gasparilla/Mardi Gras beads during the months of the events.

Enterprise Art located in Clearwater, FL stocks Gasparilla beads for the season

Buttons, Bangles and Beads   415 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, FL33706, phone 727-363-4332 for Gasparilla beads.

Bead and Fiber Shops

Bead Bar - Bead & Glass Design Studio  1319 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Fl 32804, phone 407-426-8826, in downtown College Park.  They offer a variety of beads, large and small including Delicas, plus many classes. Classes are offered every month and some with nationally known instructors.  The Bead Bar hosts bead swaps and other fun activities throughout the year.

BEAD WAREHOUSE, 6001 Benjamin Rd, Tampa, FL 33634.  I finally made it to their shop on my way back from Uncommon Threads with my friend Tre. We had purchased a pile of yarns and then we just had to get a few beads.  The showroom is spacious and there is lots of room between the aisles. They specialize in Swarovski crystal, Bali silver and glass beads.  They also have gemstone beads, some with unique color, beads that look like they were paintings and chopped into beads and lots of other goodies.  I picked one of the chopped scenic beads and am going to bead crochet them..  There are lots of choices from floral motifs to animal skin motifs.  There are other beads that have a matte finish that I loved, but the outside color is not permanent.  These would be for items you do not wear such as sculptures and wall hangings.  You can use a matte acrylic finish on the beads to keep the colors from fading.  For more information call phone 813-243-8857.

Beads, F.O.B., Inc.   2312 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, FL 34321, offers a variety of bead supplies and a bead and fiber gallery area, phone 941-921-0871, has gobs of beads, both small and large, and offers classes, including some with national instructors.

Beads N Bali, Inc.   1348 Tampa Rd., Palm Harbor, FL 34683, Kash N Karry Shopping Plaza.  Bali beads, silver and Swarovski beads and crystals are their specialties.  They offer classes, birthday parties and Ladies night out any time or day.  You will find Czech beads from 4mm to 10mm in many colors and good prices.  They have a good selection of Bali beads, crystal beads and sterling alphabet beads.  They are also stocking Japanese seed beads.  Beads N Bali offers a friendly atmosphere with a large area at the back for classes and parties.  They have a variety of charms and other fancy beads.  There is also a frozen yogurt shop two doors down, yum!  Shop for beads and then have a little healthy desert.  For more information call 727-772-7331.

Beauty and The Bead   506 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL, phone, 941-952-0101, owner Martha Nikla has a variety of her own designer beadwork on display, teaches many classes, has a variety of bead material including unique one-of-a kind new and ancient beads.

Bernina-PFAFF Sewing Center   14976 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33613, 813-969-2458,  offers beading, quilting, dyeing and stitchery classes.   Teresa Barrett is the beading class instructor, recommended highly by the Beadwrangler.  They have a variety of fiber related books and sewing supplies including Synthrapol and Retayne which are described on the Inside Thread page of They continue to expand in their products and classes.  There is also a second store in Brandon where classes are taught.

Bubble's Beads    4890 122nd Ave. N. Suite #5, Clearwater, FL 33762, phone 727-573-6020, she is off 49th St. and next to Smitty's Restaurant.  Bubbles has new and old beads, big and little and a smorgasbord of doodads to rummage through.  Call for appointment.  Bubbles travels to bead shows and other events.

Buttons, Bangles and Beads   415 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, FL33706, phone 727-363-4332, has many collectible vintage beads, designer beads, gobs of collectible buttons, Gasparilla beads, offers beading and lampwork classes and embellishment for weavers, potters, sewers, painters - everyone that is adding beads and buttons to their work.  It is a very pretty little shop with a pleasant atmosphere.

Center for Creative Expression  13819G Walsingham Rd, Clearwater, FL 33774, phone 727-593-3363, email.   This is the only supplier of basketry material in the Tampa Bay area including Procion dyed reeds.   Classes in various fiberart techniques are taught regularly. The gallery area offers finest handmade fiberart you will find.  This is a shop for finding fine quality gifts and also a place for fiber artists to meet, enjoy classes and sell their work. Hours 10-5, Tuesday through Sunday.

Crystal Creations    4058 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, has a shop full of beads, big and small, books, finished jewelry, and vintage beads, and specializes in international guest teacher workshops all year round.  Check at 561-649-9909 for more information.

D.J. Whimsey! Beads Unlimited   6534 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231, phone 941-925-9989, has a variety of beads, books, teaches beading classes and hosts trunk shows.

JoAnn Etc.    Plaza at Citrus Park, 12635 Citrus Plaza Drive, Tampa, FL 33625, 813-792-2287, offers a myriad of craft classes including crochet and knitting.  You can pick up a class listing at the store or call and ask about signing up.

One Bead Place   Colonial Promenade Bardmoor, 10801 Starkey Rd, Suite 302, Largo, FL 33777, 727-392-5865.   They offer a large variety of beads, findings, books, tools and worktable area for beading.   Japanese beads are the specialty in gobs of colors plus other seed beads.  There are some beautiful specialty beads in flower and dagger shapes, gobs of unique charms along with 6mm and larger beads with fancy finishes.  They teach classes and also host bead parties for both adults and children.  The store is spacious with lots of room to move around in and an enticing relaxing atmosphere for creativity. 

Peace Creek Trading Co., Inc.   The Bead Shop, 4204 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL, 33813, 863-619-8880, see a variety of beads plus unique handmade gifts by many talented artists. Their shop offers great ambiance and is a pleasure to visit.

Something About Beads This store is located on the Upper Level, 3442 C Tampa Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34684, 727-781-1377.  They have the best price around for sterling alphabet beads.  This shop recently opened and alphabet letters, Bali silver and crystals are the main items stocked so far.  They plan to build up their bead stock in the near future.

The Bead Corner    4004 W. Neptune Street, Suite 101, Tampa, FL 33629, 813-281-1163, with a specialty of charms and jewelry findings plus classes and parties.   There are gobs of glass bowls with large to small beads sorted by color.   Charms line the walls and are very diverse with enough of one type motif such as bugs, bags or masks that you can make a bracelet.  When it comes to charms they have what you want or need.

The Bead Hut  2822 Beach Blvd. South, Gulfport, FL  33707, phone 727-328-9790.  The Bead Hut has seed beads, Delicas, findings, supplies, Bali silver, bone/horn beads and natural beads.   A variety of classes and bead parties are offered.  I have not been to this shop yet

The Bead Nest  Washington Square, Suite D, 3970 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL, is a new store with interior decorating and handmade gifts by local artisans.  The have a small section of beads and some charms. They plan to add to the bead area and eventually included classes. For more information, call 813-855-9770 and if she is not in, leave a message for Vicki.

Uncommon Threads    31962 US 19N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684, phone 727-784-6778.  You can find quality yarns for every occasion, many fiber and bead classes, friendly atmosphere and fiber tools too!    Uncommon Threads now stocks Japanese seed beads.  The store is closed on Sunday and Monday.