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?
By jd wolfe