About Us

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about the staff
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shop history

About the Staff
We're blessed with creative, fun, and helpful staff. Everyone here does a little bit of everything. We all have our "preferred" beading techniques, but everyone is pretty competent, or at least knowledgeable, about all aspects of beading.
Kim Humphrey is the owner and is particularly fond of off-loom weaving. She also enjoys kumihimo, knotting, some stringing and miscellaneous projects working with cords. She can do basic wire wrapping and loops, but working with wire isn't her strong suit.
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Kim Humphrey
Kate Linne is an all around worker bee who teaches a lot of the basic classes (basic stringing, earring design, rosary workshop, kumihimo bracelet). Kate also does a lot of repairs, so she's gotten pretty creative at how to fix things.
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Kate Linne
Philonese Simmons is a dedicated off-loom weaver. She knows how to crimp and can use crimp beads, but she doesn't like to. She's expert with off-loom weaving stitches and can help out if you're in a pinch. She also has a lot of good ideas for finishing your woven jewelry.
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Philonese Simmons
Debra Stephens has been working here since, oh, almost forever, so she is knowledgeable about, oh, almost everything. Debra now works occasionally on Sundays, and she brings sunshine and joy whenever she's around.
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Debra Stephens
Laurel Wolff knew (almost) nothing about beading when she started working here in 2010, but she's a quick learner and now knows a whole lot. She's also a knitter and especially fond of designs that incorporate leather or cord. She has a great eye for color and a persistent spirit that she uses to our benefit -- when she sees something she likes on Pinterest, she'll stare at it until she's figured out how to do it.
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Laurel Wolff

Bead Challenges

We have held a bead challenge almost every year since 2001, inviting our customers to interpret a particular theme using beads. The results are always fun and fascinating! Click here for a tour of these creative creations.
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Tying One On by Kim Humphrey

Shop History

Bead in Hand opened in 1993 at its current location before there was an Oak Park Arts District. Kim Humphrey became the new owner in March, 2012. Kim had been a regular customer since 1996, became a part-time employee in 2005 and store manager in June, 2010. Long time customers may have noticed changes in furniture and layout, but the basics that make the shop so special will not change: the friendly and helpful staff, the amazing variety of beads and supplies, classes and parties for adults and children, and participation in the Kids' Art Camps with other galleries and businesses in the Arts District.
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Kim Humphrey
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