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30% off gem strands during the Bead Hop, Metal seed beads, new gift items...

Monica's Message
A Message from Monica

Good morning!
    I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day. Since I had Sunday off, my daughter Maria planned for all of us to take family pictures up in Idyllwild. Reiley and MiguelThe whole family met up there and our little Miss Reiley did not want to do this. She cried and cried and cried--even in the arms of her favorite uncle! Just look at that pouty face! First time we’ve seen this ever. We still took the pictures (lol)… not sure how they’ll turn out. We’ll have to see when get them back.
    The San Diego Quilt Show was wonderful. It’s so nice to see everyone. Miguel and I love going to this show because we can walk from our hotel down to the convention center and eat our way around town. We even went to see Dream House at the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Latinx New Play Festival--they’re thinking about moving the show to one of the casinos nearby. We’ll let you know when and where...
bead hop bracelet    So, the Bead Hop starts this weekend. Our wonderful Rose Mary is heading up our crew and we simply cannot wait to see the costumes she’s creating. You'll get a charm from each shop, the charm bracelet at your 3rd shop and you can go home with a fabulous make-it-take it half-cuff leather bracelet ($15 for the kit.) Plus all of our strands of semi-precious stones will be 30% off! This is a great time to see all the wonderful bead shops in Southern California and get some great leather half cuffbuys. Pick up a brochure at the shop or check it out here: Southern California Local Bead Store Association.
    We're gearing up for Season with a fantastic line up of classes--click here to download a copy of our Newsletter for September thru December. Take a look at Classes below to see what we are offering. Susie has several quick and fun new quilts for you to make (Eight O 'Clock, I-Beams, Heat Wave, Licorice Medley) and if you are starting to think about holiday gifts, check out Cheryl's news classes (Wine Zip Bag, Buttoned Boxes, Zipper Pocket Gift Wrap.) Theresa has joined the "switch hitters" club and is sewing up a storm in addition to beading. She's fallen in love with the Mondo Bag and is eager to show you how to make one. You can also see Dessie and Rose Mary's new beading classes plus a new earring Theresa is offering in her Circular Brick Stitch class.  Click here to see all of our classes on the website, Click here to see the calendar.
 steering wheel cover It's still plenty hot here in our desert--maybe it's time to whip up a cool steering wheel cover. Here's one in progress from Rose Mary's student, Linda Dekloft. Click here or on the picture to order Rose Mary's pattern.
   Check out What's New below to see some more of the things we put out on the floor last week.
   One last thing--you can pick up your free Row by Row pattern through the end of business today (Tuesday.) After that they are available for purchase--just $6 each. You can pre-order kits at the shop or over the phone for shipping beginning November 1. We'll have kits up on the website when mid-September (it's still "get the heck out of the desert whenever you can" time for my staff!)
      We hope to see you soon.

What's Happening
Bead Shop Hop
Row by Row

Row by Row is heading into "phase two." Come in for your free pattern through September 3rd. After that, purchase the pattern ($6) or a kit--kits are pre-order only and will be shipped out beginning November 1st.
Here's our 2019 Row
Taste the Experience of fresh fruits and vegetable grown in our Coachella Valley
our 2019 row
reindeer dash 

What's New

Lots of things come into the store each week--some new, some returning. We can't share everything, but here are some of our favorites.

metal seed beads We restocked metal seed beads in sizes 6 and 8--just in time to make an end-of-summer project in sun drenched colors.
New quick project for Quilters! The front, bottom, and back of the pouch are printed on one cotton panel using eco-friendly dyes. Kit includes panel, sewsing machine zipper pull charm and instructions. The finished pouch size is: 10" x 5" x 2".

pouch panel 
Suzy Toronto describes herself as "...a tad wacky and just shy of crazy." Nothing can make you grin (and giggle) like one of Suzy’s bright inspirational mouse pads. They are great for the workplace or at home.   – oh, and did we mention FUN?
 mouse pad mouse pad
You'll enjoy hours of fun with our new 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle made from eco-friendly soy-based inks on recycled board. puzzle
double decker xmas Join Santa's reindeer as they climb aboard double decker busses and scooters in Northcott's Double Decker Xmas. There's a panel and yardage--oh! And it's the Reindeer Dash collection so you'll get a fat quarter from the collection at each shop you visit during the run.
Speaking of panels, this one makes into a playful goody bag. It includes optional directions for stringing some battery operated lights onto the bag--sure to delight trick-or-treaters and increases safety in the dark.  goody bag
Boccaccini Meadows was inspired by the vast and magical landscapes of the desert when she designed her Desert Wilderness collection. It's a casual, organic interpretation of plants and rocks in soft colors.
desert desert
saguaro This Timeless Treasures fabric is more realistic representation of the stately saguaro cactus.
Got the travel bug? Make yourself a stylish bag featuring maps with the look of an old world atlas. world map
tossed guitars Time to rock and roll! Add some energy to any project with these tossed electric guitars.

Classes, Classes, Classes!
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We offer classes for all skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you'll find something to get your creative juices flowing at Monica's. Our teachers are experienced and passionate about their craft. You'll get 10% off class supplies purchased from us and, on class days, we'll give you 10% off whatever you buy, whether it's for class or not. (No further discount on sale items.)

On The Quilt Side

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned quilter, we have a class for you! From the basics to art quilts, clothing, accessories and home decor--pick up a new skill or just come in and have some fun sewing with others. Classes for September thru December are up on the website.
Eight O' Clock
Eight O'Clock
A modern twist on a simple block
Heat Wave
Heat Wave
Just five 1-yard cuts of fabric!
A fat quarter-friendly quilt
Licorice Medley
Licorice Medley
A black and white scrap buster
buttoned box
Buttoned Boxes
The 3 sizes in the pattern are just right for tea bags, napkins and larger items
wine zip bag
Wine Zip Bag
a perfect hostess gift for the holidays
mondo madness
Mondo Madness
Gridded fusible is the secret to fast and accurate seams
zip gift wrapZippered Pocket Gift Wrap
A quick project--and great stash buster
little poppins bag
Little Poppins Bag
A smaller version of the Aunties Two magical bag
paper piecing
Paper Piecing with
Catherine Wilson
Learn the Judy Niemeyer way to perfect points
One Block Wonder
One Block Wonder
Make magic with just one fabric
Beginning Quiltmaking
Beginning Quiltmaking
Your quilting adventure starts with this 4 week course to learn the basics
Beyond Beginning Quiltmaking
Beyond Beginning
Southwest Sampler
A wonderful sample for confident beginners or seasoned quilters
Kaleidescope whack n' stack
Kaleidescope Whack 'n Stack
Create a breathtaking quilt with just one print and a background
Violet Craft Foundation Piecing
Violet Craft Foundation Piecing
Get a good start on your Violet Craft pattern of choice
Laura Heine collage
Laura Heine Collage
Make one of Laura Heine's "collage" patterns
Laura Heine Fish
Laura Heine Making Fish
Fuse strips to make a fish!
woven spiral bowls
Woven Spiral Baskets
Start with 2 contrasting fat quarters
camden bowls

Camden Bowls
Use a jelly roll to make a unique and beautiful bowl
Aloha Dress
Aloha Dress
Sew a darling little dress inspired by the islands
twirly skirt
Twirly Skirt
You will love this easy-to-wear, flirty skirt
Beading on Fabric
Beading on Fabric
Learn the nuances of stitches and beaded fringe in this fast paced class
free motion Intro to Free Motion
Walking foot, free motion foot, needles, thread, machine tension--learn to put it all together for perfect stitches
machine cleaning
Basic Machine Cleaning
Keep your machine in good working order between tune-ups

On The Bead Side
We offer over a hundred different jewelry-making classes. Each of our teachers has their own style and focus. They are always trying new techniques, tools and products to offer you classes using the latest and greatest in the bead world. Our schedule for July and August is more casual and class dates and times are not listed on the website. Call the store to see when you can take a class from any of our teachers. Dates and times for September thru December are on the website.

Oma's Heart
Oma's Heart, a Links II project
wire wrap I bangle
Wire Wrap I bangle
mystic earrings
Mystic Earrings
A Half-a-Dozen Earrings project
Patricia Paz-Altschul
While Patricia's focus is wirework with beginning classes and more advanced projects, she also teaches basic knotting and basic stringing. You'll find classes featuring Wire Wrap, Links, Coils, Chains and more.

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league of nations
League of Nations
beaded beads
Beaded Bead Revolution
peyote cgb
Peyote CGB
Rose Mary Jameson
Rose Mary loves to bead--whether you are looking for simple or complex, she has a project for you. Macrame, Loomwork, Bead Embroidery, Kumihimo, Peyote, Contemporary Geometric Beadwork... 
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emma bdracelet
Emma Bracelet
sara necklace
Sara Necklace
leather kumihimo
Leather Kumihimo
Dessie Cullen
Dessie's projects often include leather. Whether you are new to leather jewelry or an old hand, Dessie will guide you to success.
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Brenda Necklace
Pinkston Earrings
brick stitch earrings
Circular Brick Stitch
Theresa Hanada
Theresa teaches a basic beading series as well as more advanced classes. Some of her projects include simple leather and wirework. 
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