If Only…..

If only I lived closer to this place.  If only there were more days in the week.  If only I had a gazillion dollars to follow all my yarn and beading dreams.

This shop is a wondrous place!  I think I’ve written about it before, but I wanted to share more since I just had the opportunity to revisit the shop during the recent Yarn Crawl.  It’s about 30 miles from my front door, making it possible for me to drive past FOUR other yarn shops to get there.  But, it’s worth the trip from time to time.

This picture of their yarn collection does not do it justice.

Behind this rack by the front door are numerous other racks that contain the more ‘interesting’ yarns – bulky, wool and blends, lace weight, etc.  Then, there are the wall displays of beads and the tables full of beads and charms.  The front window is full of finished beadwork available for purchase that include items made in the shop itself as well as Fair Trade items.  There are also other goodies – Laurel Burch Bags and Wallets, woven and braided belts, beaded dresses, and lovely scarves, and all manner of beading accessories from wire to hemp to findings.  I could spend days in this small space and not touch everything here!

One of the best features of this shop is that they are Crochet Friendly!  The staff is warm and welcoming, always ready to help find something or corral your purchases.  This charming shop is in a very unassuming strip mall on Route 159 in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The shop has several specialty teachers who offer a wide variety of classes.  This scarf was on display for an Intermediate Crochet Class.  I don’t think I need the class, but I DO want the pattern and have left a message for the teacher to see if it’s available for me to purchase.  I already own the Coffee Beenz yarn to make it with!


The Bead Place is open 7 days a week, making it a possible destination for me on a dreary Sunday afternoon……….Hmmm.  I’m getting ideas here.  What about you?


  1. says

    I don’t have the answer to your question. However, you can contact them via the website http://www.beadplace.net or call them at 618-222-0772. If they can’t help you, you can surely find what you need at either http://www.shipwreckbeads.com or http://www.firemountaingems.com . When I did a lot more beading than I do now, I was able to visit Shipwreck Beads in Olympia, Washington in person. Fantastic place! Hope you find what you need at the Bead Place.

  2. says

    More eye candy! Yummmm! I, too, invested into a whole bunch of yarn from Walmart. Seems they carry inexpensive Red Heart HUGE skeins. Where I live, town is NOT 10mins away. So, I made sure that I have enough to put a dent into any project w/ the common yarn. Since I had to loll for a specific color, I’m finding skeins in other colors that are waiting for the “just right” project. Thank YOU! Love your comments & sites! Sheri ^c^

  3. says

    Ironically, I live maybe 10 minutes from this little store and have driven past it numerous times, but never considered going in. It is #1 on my list of places to go check out now. I may need to sign up for their silversmithing class this weekend too. Thank you so much for this post!!!

  4. Lisa says

    What is the name of the scarf pattern? That is really pretty. I would be interested in ordering it. Thanks!

  5. Sharon Lahr says

    WOW! The mere mention of The Bead Place brought back memories! I used to shop there when my cousin was alive (she lived in Fairview Heights until her passing). Whenever I visited her we would always make a trip to the shop and play with the yarn. Occasionally I would come home with several skeins of yarn with no real project in mind for them at the time mind you. I’m going to have to make a trip down there again despite no family to visit — unless of course, I can start calling THe Bead Place family from now on. :)

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