|After hours at Fusion Beads|
Talking with Mari, the founder and owner of Fusion Beads, it sounds like more and more customers, including locals, are simply shopping online, rather than visiting the store. (The online store is going strong).
I remember discovering Fusion Beads soon after moving to Seattle in 2001. I was simply a hobbyist beader at that point, and I'd never seen anything like it. The colors, the beads, the possibilities. I took my first ever 'beading' class there, on beginner wire wrapping. I still have the bracelet I made in that class.
Somewhere along the way, I began teaching for them - freeform peyote, my random right angle weave lacework cuffs, snowflakes, and every sort of fish design I came up with - in their fabulous classrooms. I'm not even sure quite when I started, maybe 2011, maybe a little earlier? I know that it's been at least five years, and that it's been a huge part of my life and my social community during that time. As well as an amazing source for inspiration, and beads (did I mention beads?)
I stopped by Saturday and snapped a bunch of pictures, after the store closed for the day, which is why there are no people in my photos. Because it's busy when it's open; everything in the store is half off, with deeper discounts for some items. The walls are looking a little bare, but there's still so many amazing things, so much inspiration. So many amazing, talented women working there.
|Clearance items (last ofs) for 75% in these cardboard bins|
|still lots of beads hiding in their little white cubbies|
|Need any size 15s? Still plenty of those left as of Saturday night!|
|My new-to-me tools!|
|Sunset over the arboretum|
|A peak-a-boo view of Mt. Rainier from Lake Washington|
|Downtown Seattle from Lake Union - my camera had a little trouble with this night shot|
|a photo with our 'captain' while waiting to set sail|
Do you have favorite memories of the Seattle store, or a class there? If yes, please share below - I'd love to hear!