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Learn how-to bead a gear and sun in #Shop Showcase with Karen Kubby from Beadology in Iowa City.


How did you get started?

Beadology Iowa started in 1987 with a previous owner. Laurel and Karen Kubby bought the store in 2008. Our grandmother was a seamstress and incorporated beads into her work. That was their first exposure to beadwork. Karen has been beading since 1971 and Laurel since 2003. We can't seem to stop beading.

Where are you located?

Beadology Iowa is located in an historic building in the heart of the Iowa City Downtown District in Iowa City, Iowa. We are the only full service bead store in Eastern Iowa.

Which products do you specialise in?

The store is full of beads from around the world: stone, pearl, metal, organic, glass, crystal, and one-of-a-kind flamework beads. We carry jewelry findings, tools, and beadwork supplies. Custom and repair work is a staff favorite. All finished jewelry is made in house. T

Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?

We have an extensive seed bead line that continues to grow. People come from all over for our 15/0 seed beads.

Our goal is to find the unusual and not purchase large quantities. This makes our bead line ever changing, a bit exclusive, and always a surprise.

What's on the stereo?

Our taste is extremely eclectic. From Tom Jones to the Indigo Girls to Bob Marley.

People stop by just to see what's playing at the moment.

Where else should we visit in your area?

Beadology Iowa's downtown location has the advantage of being near theaters, great restaurants, museums, the University of Iowa campus, and wonderful shopping (some great women's clothing stores). Its a fun place to come for the weekend. Your challenge will be in choosing what to do.

Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?

Beadology Iowa offers an extensive class list that includes wirework, stringing, knotting, flamework, precious metal clay, chain maille, viking knit, kumihimo, and a full complement of seed bead weaving classes.

Our Bead Lab can be turned from classroom to cabaret. We host a variety of fundraising and community events in our space.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know?

We pride ourselves on creating a respectful, supportive, and nonjudgemental atmosphere in which jewelry designers--from beginners to professionals--can thrive. This is done in the spirit of collaboration and community building; offering support, instruction, stellar customer service, and a quality product line.


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