This is both a personal and public note to Studio Bead's friends and to Jessica Kaplan Lundevall.
Studio Beads has been in business almost 9 years. For both Jessica and I, it has been a wonderful road traveled. We've used many words to describe our experience including interesting, rewarding and frustrating, to name a few.
Changes happen all the time.
With the first month of the new year under our belts, I say goodbye to Jessica as a partner in Studio Beads. She will be spending time in Colorado, especially during the winter. Jessica will also have her presence felt in Highland Park.
I can't begin to tell you how much I will miss her. She was the other half to our Studio Beads whole, as well as a great friend.
All of us will miss Jessica, but she will always be in our hearts and, of course, she knows she has free rein when she comes to visit the store.
I have become full owner of Studio Beads and I continue to hope that you continue your journey with us.
Thanks again for your support and when you see Jessica at Sunset, be sure to say hello and don't be surprised when you see her in the Studio as well.
We love you Jess.
Donna, Deneen, Dale, Laurie, Miriam and Randi.
WE ARE INTRODUCING A NEW FEATURE THIS MONTH:
STUDIO BEADER SPOTLIGHT
By Laurie Sirus
Accomplished beader, Bonnie Miller, wearing her beautifully stitched "Spinner" necklace (pattern designed by Studio Bead instructor, Ravit Stoltz) with her lovely crocheted throw in hand.
Our Studio bead family is comprised of a very impressive group of individuals. Meet Bonnie Miller, a Highland Park resident, wife mom and grandmother of six active grandchildren. Before retiring size years ago, Bonnie worked in the Midwest Office of the United States Holocaust Museum as the Associate Director.
Bonnie is a multi-talented artist. She knits, crochets, weaves, needlepoints and of course, designs beautifully hand woven jewelry. Bonnie's love affair with beads began over 20 years ago when she and her daughter, Liz, stitched their first herringbone lariats. There has been no looking back for this left-handed beader who is challenged by complex patterns and new techniques!
Bonnie's work exhibits a masterful use of color. Her incorporation of vibrant and strong shades truly sets her work apart. She is inspired by both "nature's palette and the kaleidoscope of tubes on the walls of Studio Beads".
Tenacity best describes Bonnie's work ethic as a beader. She will rip out an errantly placed bead "1,000 times" in order to get it "just right". Friends suspect Bonnie of never sleeping, as she is forever completing yet another quickly beaded or knitted creation.
Bonnie's creativity runs deep and wide. She taught sewing at the Stitching Post over 50 years ago ad also worked at the Yarn Yard. Currently, the proud grandma Bonnie boasts about teaching her young granddaughters to bead simple projects. Their future is bright as they hail from a long line of accomplished beaders!
Don't miss Bonnie's impressive work that is being showcased at Studio Beads. You'll surely be impressed and inspired. Bonnie often is in the store for Donna's Wednesday night class and Open Beading on Monday afternoons. Of course, it goes without mentioning that the social aspect of beading is the best part of all for Bonnie!
We have a huge selection of seed beads, findings, Delicas, tools, vintage jewelry and finished jewelry by artists from around the country.
Owner Donna Zaidenberg, as well as my staff are experienced teachers and are looking forward to serving you.
Most of Studio Beads extraordinary teachers have been with us since we opened and offer a variety of techniques and styles to meet most every student's needs.
We often invite nationally-known teachers to offer specialty workshops.
Please feel free to stop in or give us a call at 847-607-8702.
We appreciate your loyalty and your business.
Donna, Deneen, Dale, Laurie, Miriam and Randi