Saturday, December 12, 2009

Upcoming events

We are in full holiday swing at YaYa Beads - we have lots of holiday items available for last minute purchases, and the 2009 class schedule has wound down.

Speciality classes will pick up again in January:


On Sunday, January 24, (1PM) we will be offering a brand new Wire-Wrap Class here - the Beaded Celtic Necklace. This necklace allows you to combine the beads of your choice with a wire-wrapped Celtic design, and then you have several options to compete the necklace - simple chain mail, a wire-wrapped style of chain, or even bead stringing or bead-weaving. This is a pretty versatile and interesting design, and if time allows, students will also be able to make the matching earrings, at no additional cost (other than materials.) Class fee: $35 plus supplies.

On Sunday, February 7, (1PM) we will again be offering our basic wire-wrapped cabochon pendant class. This is an excellent class for beginning and advanced wire students alike. Class fee: $35 plus supplies.

On Sunday, February 21, (1PM) we will be offering Darlin's set - a matching bracelet, ring, and earrings set that is always a popular class. Because 3 completed projects are completed in this class, it tends to run a little longer than our other Wire classes, and its fee is $45 plus supplies, instead of the usual $35 fee.

Beadwork and Wire-Weaving:

Ceil Thomas had a busy and prosperous 2009, and has asked to take January and February off to recuperate, and she will be starting up classes again in March, with her extremely popular Chunky Beaded Cluster Necklace Class. on March 13 at 10:30 AM. Class Fee: $30 plus supplies.

Art Clay Silver:

Join us on Saturday, January 30, at 10:30 AM for Art Clay Silver Rings! Angie always has new designs and techniques to share, and this promises to be a great class. (Intro Art Clay is a required pre-requisite) Class Fee: $65 (includes all supplies.)

On Saturday, February 20, at 10:30 AM Angie will be offering a completely new class: Paper Clay. This features more of Angie's innovative techniques and ideas, and something completely new for those of you who haven't taken any Art Clay Silver Classes in awhile. (Intro Art Clay is a required pre-requisite) Class Fee: $65 (includes all supplies.)


Kathy Morris will returning February 26, to offer Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding with beads. This will be an all-day class, from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and the project will be a rope necklace, which the student may chose to finish with a focal bead, or fringed as a lariat, or simply leave unadorned. The fee for this class is $45 plus supplies. All supplies will be available at YaYa Beads, but if you have a favorite focal bead that you have been wondering how to use, feel free to bring it! [$30 deposit required for registration.]

Cold Connections:

Kathy will again be offering her 2-day Cold Connections workshop on Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28 (9 Am - 6PM) . Cold Connections is a fascinating MetalWorks process, in which a variety of materials and found objects are attached without the use of glues or soldering. The creative possibilities with Cold Connections are virtually endless – limited only by your imagination.

Kathy has taught this Cold Connections workshop here before, and does not designate projects in advance - she allows each student to design their own projects, and in the past, students have left the workshop with anywhere from 4 to 8 completed projects, plus some works-in-progress they could finish at home later.

The fee for this intense 2-day workshop is $135.00, and includes ALL materials, literature, consumables, and supplies to be used in the class. [$65 deposit required for registration.] Any additional cost incurred would be for embellishment or finishing of the designs (such as crystals, beads, or perhaps chain to complete a pendant), or for the purchase of tools and/or materials that the student may wish to acquire from the instructor or YaYa Beads to continue working at home with cold connections.

Pictures of Cold Connections projects and more information about this workshop will soon be posted in the Classes section of

Keep checking back here for more updates to the Specialty Class Schedule. As always, beading, beadweaving, and wrapped loop classes are offered on a flexible schedule, during the week, according to available openings - so if you would like to take one or more of these, call early to reserve your spot!

Take note of our Holiday Closings:

Closed December 24 through December 28 (reopening Tuesday, Dec. 29)
Closed December 31 and January 1

Happy Holidays, and hope to see you soon!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA 30907
(behind the Washington Rd Applebee's)

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Friday, November 13, 2009


Congratulations to Dee Dee Miller, who won our October giveaway - the beadwoven pink fringe bracelet!

Our November drawing will be for these holiday Swarovski snowman earrings - good luck!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Just some quick updates this morning:

We have added a calendar view to the YaYa Beads Webpage. This will let you view scheduled classes, as well as other events at the shop, and also provide a reminder about days the shop will be closed for vacation, holidays, etc.

We are experiencing a few technical difficulties with the calendar view right now that make it difficult to read the name of the entire class scheduled on a particular day, but we hope to have these bugs ironed out shortly. The good news is, you can now click on the calendar and at least see the schedule, and you can always click back to the newsletter to get full details on any classes and scheduling questions.

Whether you are ready for it or not, the holidays are fast approaching!

YaYa Beads has lots of great holiday-themed beads and ideas - including these cute Swarovski Christmas trees and snowmen -

and these ceramic beads:

If you need a quick gift, we have earrings already made up for purchase, or you can buy the beads and make them yourself.

We have new gemstones, several new seed bead colors, and these new trailer hitch clasps:

These clasps are extremely secure, and can be opened and closed with one hand, which makes them great for bracelets! They are available in 2 sizes, and in gold, silver, copper, and antique copper.

And speaking of the calendar, the shop will be closed from Tuesday, 11/3, through Saturday, 11/7, and will reopen on Tuesday, 11/10.

We will hold the drawing for the October Stimulus prize at the close of business on 10/31, and I hope to get the winning number posted here by the next day - but the winner will need to wait until we reopen to claim the bracelet.

And our November Stimulus Prize will be one pair of the Swarovski snowman earrings - don't miss your chance to enter the drawing, starting 11/10, and running through the end of November.

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