The Edmond Sun

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April 20, 2012

Beadle Dee Bead & Gift Shop is as fun as its name

EDMOND — If you like to create, there is a new store in town just for you, and its name is an inkling as to what can be found inside.

Beadle Dee Bead & Gift Shop opened March 8 and the clientele has been growing ever since.

Stephanie Sawyer, known by her friends and family as Anne, is a crafter and beader.

“I used to make necklaces and bracelets all the time, and if someone commented on how much they liked it I would take it off and give it to them,” Sawyer said.

After giving away yet another necklace, Sawyer took what her father said to her to heart.

“One day my father said, ‘Anne, you have been beading for years, stop giving them (her creations) away and try selling them.’”

Sawyer said she went one better than that and she opened her own bead shop, Beadle Dee, a name her daughter came up with.

Edmond hasn’t had a bead shop in three years, Sawyer said. She had an idea, found a niche and the bead shop and gift store fit perfectly.

With a variety of beads from gem stones, crystals, pearls and glass, Sawyer also carries natural stones, Raku ware, dichroic glass, crosses, geode crystals formed into ball beads and other items to use in creating jewelry.

Sawyer has a special section she calls “We’re always blessed by Yahweh,” that is filled with angels, crosses and fish to be used in making items.

Cherokee artist Ray Becker was working on a walking stick he is embellishing with stones, beads and other ornamentation.  

On Friday Becker and his wife, Cindy Beller, were joined by Georgia Martin and Del Williams as each one worked on his or her individual beaded items.

“Often we have beaders come in and bead just for the fun of working with others, and we also offer beading classes,” Sawyer said.

At 6 p.m. Tuesdays beaders can learn Basic Beading for a nominal fee.

More advanced lessons are offered at 6 p.m. Thursday evenings and at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Beaders can learn how to weave their beads into a spiral rope, brick stitch, peyote stitch, star flower, flat spiral or centipede, beaded crosses and netted rope designs.

Sawyer said she got into beading 17 years ago because buying pretty jewelry was too expensive or she couldn’t find the colors she wanted.

“I would much rather give or receive a gift that someone has put their time and heart into,” Sawyer said, “and besides, for me, beading is so relaxing and creating a new design is just fun.”

Parties are a specialty of Beadle Dee. She hosts parties for the very young to the Red Hat generation.

“At our birthday parties the guests, no matter the age, can make their own necklace or bracelet,” Sawyer said. “For the younger set, I provide Red Velvet Bakery cupcakes, paint their faces and burn Birthday Cake candles while they are having fun.”

A candle line is for sale including candles with natural stone names as well as handmade mosaic works of art made by her sister, Maunda McGuire.

Sawyer has a few items for sale in the store that she has made and some that her advanced classes teacher makes.

“I work with 11’s, which is 11 beads in an inch,” Sawyer said, “but Bunny (advanced teacher) does 30’s, using beads so tiny 30 of them fit end to end in an inch. She has been beading about 50 years.”  

If a bead is what you need, or a good time with friends while creating something is what you are looking for, Sawyer said to stop by, beader or not, you might get hooked and you are sure to have fun.

BEADLE DEE Bead & Gift Shop is at 1231 N. Santa Fe Ave. For more information, call 715-5820 or go online to www.mybeadledee.com.

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