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Beaded Necklaces

  Rhonda Berta and her daughter, Abbi were bitten by the bead bug years ago while vacationing with their family in West Palm Beach, FL.  Abbi, (then 8 years old) noticed that a woman was wearing a very intricate and beautifully beaded necklace.  This woman, pleased that her hand-beaded design was appreciated, was kind enough to take them to her favorite bead shop and the rest is history...

     We opened our doors on March 25, 2005 and within 1 week, held our first bead stringing class.  Soon after opening, Rhonda's sister Hanna Bertulis joined the business.  As the business began to grow, so did our love for fine yarns and fibers.  Years later, we are pleased to offer over 150 classes, including basic bead stringing and knitting, original bead weaving designs, felting classes, wire sculpting, loom weaving, silver-smithing, metal works, spinning, crochet, and peyote instruction.  We are certified in precious metal clay, and schedule workshops by appointment.  In 2012, The Bead Place took 2nd place for Favorite Bead Store Worldwide, by a Lark Craft reader's poll.    

Beads and Chains

The Bead Place carries a great selection of exceptional local and imported, hand-dyed, hand-spun fibers.  We are unpacking shipments of these luxurious yarns every week.  Yarn Club members receive yarn and needle discounts!

The Association of Crafts & Creative industries states that individuals craft for a variety of reasons, including the satisfaction of being able to say, "I made it myself," to save money and to make creative and personalized gifts.  Let us help you save money by teaching you how to make it yourself.  Join the Bead Club for perks and extra savings. 

The Bead Place is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service as the "Best" Bead Shop in Southern Illinois.

    We are located at 5500 N. Illinois in the shopping area of Fairview Heights, IL.  We're less than one mile south of the St. Clair Square Mall on Hwy. 159/N. Illinois.  We're right next door to Lumber Liquidators and directly across the street from Russell Stover.

Abbi Berta

Owner, full-time store fixture, instructor, and oddball.  She loves to work with wire, metals, and seed beads.  She has taught at Interweave's Bead Fest Philadelphia, The Bead Q Jewelry Exploration, and on cruises and at other craft events.  Her work has been featured in/on the cover of numerous jewelry making/beading publications such as Wire Magazine, Step by Step Wire Jewelry and Jewelry Stringing

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 has appeared as a guest on the PBS show, Beads Baubles & Jewels, and live on Great Day St. Louis several times.  She also loves to experiment with colors in knitting and crochet.  In her spare time, she enjoys pumping iron and punk rock shows.  Gross, right?  She also spends way too much time on YouTube.  Contact her at abbi@beadplace.net.  She designs and runs our website, Facebook page, and web store, and is always looking for feedback to make your online experience with us better!