Beading Classes at S&A Beads!

Jewelry Craft Classes at S&A Beads
We offer a wide variety of jewelry-making classes that are sure to be fun and inspiring regardless of your previous training in jewelry-making. Participants range in age from 9 to 90, and come to class with a range of experience. Whether you are just beginning or an experienced beader eager to brush up on basic techniques, we will work with you to create beautiful and distinctive jewelry. Many people have met at a jewelry-making class and continued to take classes together, building their own creative community!

S&A Beads has just re-opened in its new location -- 235 Carroll Street, NW, Washington, DC -- just blocks from the Takoma Metro on the Red Line!  Our new space has a dedicated classroom area!!!

Stay tuned for our new class schedule -- coming soon!

Held in store at 235 Carroll Street, NW, Washington DC

Bead Stringing I: Create your own Earrings & Necklace

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Bead Stringing I: Create your own Earrings & Necklace | Class Fee $40.00

Learn to work with the essential tools of bead stringing – clasps, crimps, ear wires, headpins, and other finishing techniques. For three hours our bead shop is yours to explore! Use any of our thousands of beads to learn the basic skills and make your own special creations. You only need to pay for the creations that you decide to take home.  Students are usually able to complete a necklace and earring set within the class period.

Bead Stringing II: Concept & Design

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Bead Stringing II: Concept & Design | Class Fee $45
Prerequisite: Bead Stringing I and/or previous beading experience

This class is the next step up from Fundamentals I, in developing your unique jewelry. This class focuses on the techniques of knotting, tips on measurements, and why things look better in odd numbers. This is a great class for pearls and other small beads. You learn the “in’s” and “out’s” of designing jewelry, which leads to a better understanding of concept, or the “idea” behind the piece. Participants will walk away from class knowing three techniques of knotting; the slip knot, heavy cord and silk cord. 


Wire Wrapping I: Beginning Metal Work

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Wire Wrapping I: Beginning Metal Work | Class Fee $50.00 

Our beginning metal wire wrapping class teaches many important basic skills. In this class, students learn how to make a pendant by wrapping a stone; how to shape and hammer wire into elegant pendant designs to put on simple necklaces; and how to wrap beads around wire in order to make a beautiful, textured piece of jewelry. Students learn a variety of skills that open the door to many new possibilities with jewelry design! Many of our students continue taking classes together in Wire Wrapping II after they take this class. The class fee includes wire of various gauges (thicknesses) and an assortment of beads and stones to use in students' projects. This is also a great class for students to bring in their own special beads, stones, shells, etc. to incorporate into their projects.

Wire Wrapping II: Wrapping Organic Objects


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Wire Wrapping II: Wrapping Organic Objects | Class Fee $50
Prerequisite: Wire Wrapping I and/or previous metal work experience

This class is a fun and creative way to think outside your standard box of beads. Express your design ideas through free style wire wrapping of stones, shells, arrowheads and other organic objects. Wire wrapping is one of the loveliest ways of converting that beautiful and unusual object into wearable jewelry combined to make a statement piece. We encourage you to bring pieces you may have to wire wrap. More advanced techniques of wire use are also taught in this class - including hammering metals for a great texture, hand- made metal clasps, and even your own wire rings.


Call to reserve your seat or do it online! 301-891-BEAD (2323)

    Meet Your Instructor 

Cheryl Moody is an accomplished artist with over 30 years in beading with pieces in Elle Magazine, The New Yorker and the cover of Essence magazine with Queen Latifa. Some of her pieces have also been seen in the movie Sister Act and the popular sitcom, The Cosby Show. Cheryl has been working at S & A Beads for over 10 years and can be found in the store Wednesday through Friday.




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Beading for Kids (Ages 6 and up) | Class Fee: $35 per child
Class length: 90 Minutes (Selected Saturdays, 6:30 -
8 pm; Selected Sundays 5:30 - 7 pm) Class size: Minimum 3 students/Maximum 7 students

In our one and a half hour beading classes for kids, your child will learn the basics of beading and make a necklace of his/her own design! We will supply your child with beading wire, crimp tubes, a clasp, and an assortment of seed beads, miscellaneous gemstone beads, and pewter charms to create a unique necklace. We welcome inquiries regarding children’s beading parties for events such as birthdays, holidays, etc. Please give us a call at the store if you would like us to organize a special beading party for your child at the store or at home.


Private Beading
Class Fee: $80/$30 per additional hour/2 person class $100
Supplies: Students can purchase supplies at a 10% discount, though it is recommended that you come prepared with supplies in order to take full advantage of your 2 hours of private instruction. Class length: 2 hours (selected Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:15 - 9:15 pm) Class size: 1 student

This is a unique experience to work one-on-one with a talented instructor, Cheryl Moody. Whether you need help refining the basic techniques or getting ready for your first show, a private class allows you to choose your own curriculum. The scope of this class will be determined by the needs and interests of each individual student. 


Bead Parties: Workshop | Class Fee: $35 per person | 6 - 12 persons

Supplies: Students can purchase supplies at a 10% discount and/or arrange to have the instructor bring additional supplies if the workshop will be held outside of the store. You can purchase or arrange your projects in advance. Class length: (Flexible – please call to arrange. Workshops are generally between 1 – 3 hrs long.)

Our beading party workshops are perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, wine clubs, or just a fun night out with the girls – any time is a good time to plan a creative get-together! In our workshops, we help each person design and finish a unique piece of jewelry. The pieces can also be unique to the event/occasion you are celebrating. We are happy to incorporate personal themes, colors, or symbols into your workshop. Topics like materials, number of people, age of people, type of pieces, date, and location will all be taken into account when we arrange your workshop. Call to schedule by speaking with Emily Silverman, the store manager, and/or Cheryl Moody, the instructor.


General Class Policies:

1. Seats are reserved upon payment for all beading classes and parties.

   If you have any questions about seat availability, call us at (301)

   891-2323 or visit the store.

2. Classes fill the 5 to 6 person limit quickly, so act fast. 

3. No refunds for cancellations and/or no-shows.

4. If we cancel a class due to lack of enrollment or weather conditions, students will be
    notified and given the option of a full refund or taking the same class at a later date. 

5. Only registered students may attend the class.

6. Please notify instructor of any special health accommodations.

7. Students receive a 10% discount on any purchase the day of the class and a returning 10% discount coupon.

8. B.Y.O.B! Bring your own beads! You may bring your own jewelry to repair or re-design.
(We can accommodate most but not all projects.)