Make jewelry at Library Partnership


Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.

Imagine a place where you can create beautiful beaded jewelry for free — and socialize, too.

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From left, Rhonda Bergman, owner of Gifts of Avalon, demonstrates beading techniques to JoAnna Bell, Rhoda Celestine and Dorothy Franklin at the Beading for Adults with Avalon class.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian

Facts

BEADING CLASSES

What: Beading for Adults with Avalon and Beading Just for Youth.
When: 3:30-5 p.m. every other Tuesday (adults, youth), beginning Tuesday (youth.)
Where: Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.
Cost: Free.
Information: Call 352-334-0160.

It may seem to be too good to be true, but at Library Partnership you can do just that.

Beading for Adults with Avalon and Beading Just for Youth will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. every other Tuesday for adults and youth, beginning Tuesday with youth classes at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

"It's like a candy store, these beads, so many to choose," said Anita Jenkins, library manager at Library Partnership. She said Rhonda Bergman, owner of Gifts of Avalon Inc. in the Millhopper Shopping Center in northwest Gainesville provides everything needed to make beaded jewelry.

Recently, 14 women enjoyed their time making necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

Jenkins said Bergman has been hosting the beading classes for nearly two years at Library Partnership.

She provides instruction on technique, one-on-one assistance and supplies, including mats, beads, clippers, gold-plated and silver-plated chains and threads and other materials.

The class got started after a former Library Partnership librarian asked Bergman for bead donations for an arts and crafts program for the children. Bergman brought the beads, showed the kids how to bead, and had so much fun, she is still doing it.

"The beads are donated by my customers and bead vendors," Bergman said.

Jenkins said the beading classes are very popular with both adults and children. She said the adults asked for their own class so they could move on to advance beading.

And now, the adults have their own very own class on alternating Tuesdays.

The classes have garnered high praise.

Rhoda Celestine said she comes every Tuesday, without fail. "I love it," Celestine said. "So far, I've made three necklace sets with earrings and bracelets, three pairs of earrings and two bracelets."

JoAnne Bell said she started coming four weeks ago and has not stopped. "I love it," Bell said. "I love that you can create your own design and make something no one else is wearing."

Dona Simmons said she loves designing jewelry and the classes give her an opportunity to spend time with her adult daughter, Jen Long. She said after class, they go to dinner. "It gives me quality time with my daughter," Simmons said.

"The people are nice and I'm encouraged by them," Long said.

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