Since 1991, Caravan Beads has been teaching customers to make beaded jewelry. Lots of people who visit us start out believing that they aren’t artistic or crafty enough to learn to put a piece of jewelry together. About a half an hour later they are making earrings and necklaces for their friends and family. Because we believe that teaching beading is the best way to keep happy customers coming back to the store, we teach all basic beading techniques for free every day we’re open. We also offer workshops for the customers who want a more structured learning environment or who want to tackle some more challenging projects.
Learn to make jewelry any time:
Our helpful staff offers FREE help learning basic techniques during regular store hours. Come in and learn to make earrings and necklaces, get help choosing the right string or cord, and learn how to attach clasps or bend wires to make earrings. You can also repair or redesign beaded jewelry that you bring from home.
Retail store hours:
- Mon: 11am - 5pm
- Tues - Sat: 10am - 6pm
- Sun: Closed
You can walk around our retail store with a Virtual Tour from Google Maps. We have a large selection of Japanese seed beads, Miyuki Delica
beads, Swarovski crystal, semi-precious strands, African and natural
beads, clasps and findings, beading tools and all the things you need to
make beaded jewelry.
All scheduled classes are held Tuesday nights from 5-7pm (unless otherwise noted).
The cost for each class is $25 plus the cost of materials.
Please call to reserve your spot! The store phone is 207-761-2503 x211.
If you need any assistance in selecting your materials we are happy to assist you prior to the class time.
To reserve a space in a class you must pay the $25 class fee
before class time. If you cannot attend a class please cancel 24 hours
in advance and we will be happy to give you a credit for another class
Please note that all basic techniques such as earrings, necklaces,
bracelets, etc. are still taught free of charge any time during our
regular store hours. We reserve the right to cancel a class if our
minimum number of three students is not met.
Link to the 2017 Class Schedule
Kids' Birthday Parties:
Caravan Beads is the perfect place to host your child's next birthday party! Spend an hour with us as we help your group create jewelry they will treasure forever. We offer a variety of projects depending on age - each child can create a unique piece of jewelry, exercising their creative design skills and learning about the world of beads.
Our kids parties cost only $12 per child, and include the staff and all supplies during the party. Our party table can accommodate up to ten people, so we'll need to know in advance if your party is larger than ten. A deposit of $20 is required when making your reservation; this fee secures the party table and a staff person to assist your group. In case of cancellation, this fee is refundable with 24 hours notice.
We ask our patrons to save cake and snacks for home. It takes a full hour for most beginning jewelry makers to create their masterpiece.
If you have additional questions or wish to make a reservation, please call the retail store at 207-761-2503 x211.
Adult, Bridal, Holiday, and Corporate Parties:
Rent out the bead store (after hours) for your own group or
special event. We will allow snacks and drinks for groups of responsible
The cost is $20 an hour per staff person, we recommend 2 helpers depending upon the number of guests and their experience level.
Our staff will help you create beautiful and unique projects with your friends in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.