A Better Bead & Crafts
"We aid and abet your obsessions."

244 West Main Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712


Welcome to Our Bead Shop

How to Place an Order

We are a full service bead shop, gift gallery and classroom for the avid beader or discerning shopper, all located in Brevard, North Carolina.  We carry every imaginable bead; findings in gold, silver, copper and brass; lead-free castings as well as  a wide selection of beading supplies and tools.

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Three New Pattern Choices

Asymmetrical Rizo, Crystal Crocheted Lariat,

Multi-dimensional Bracelet w Bricks and 2-Hole Lentils

Leather Wrap Bracelet w Silver Balls, Swarovski Pearls and Crystals with Charms

Use of These Patterns

You may make anything from these patterns you wish for yourself or to give away.  You may not make commercial use of them.  Specifically, that means that you may not sell anything made from any of these patterns; sell the pattern; copy or reproduce all or any part of them in any way or share them with others.  You may not use any of our photographs or instructional text beyond printing copies for your own personal use.  We reserve those rights solely for ourselves.  Visit our Kits and Patterns page for more pattern offerings.

Leather Wrap Bracelet w Silver Rounds, Pearls and Swarovski Crystals Leather Wrap Bracelet w Silver Rounds, Pearls and Swarovski Crystals Leather Wrap Bracelet w Silver Rounds, Pearls and Swarovski Crystals

This leather wrap confection works for a dress up or dress down occasion equally well.

     Rizo, Crystal and Seed Bead Crochet Cable, A Better Bead & Crafts Rizo Crochet Cable Lariat, Sage, A Better Bead & Crafts Rizo Crochet Cable Lariat, Purple, A Better Bead & Crafts

This crocheted cable is made with three different seed beads, crystal rondelles in two sizes and Rizo beads. 

Brick and 2-Hole Lentil Bracelet

Two-hole beads are the focus of this

multi-dimensional bracelet.

Suggested variations are below.

  Brick and 2-Hole Lentil Bracelet Detail

Patterns available.

Click here to see more two-hole beads.

Click here for more information and ordering details.

Winter is Upon Us

All rights reserved.

Summer Hours
June 1 - August 31
Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

(Extended hours arranged by appointment; just call.)

White Squirrels

See details and pricing information on these beads

along with other specialty beads by clicking here.

Fire Fairy White Squirrel Bead

White Squirrel Kazuri Bead Above $8

Venetian White Squirrel Beads

Below - $65

White Squirrel by Jennifer Kelting

9422 - $16

White Squirrel Books - $14.95

White Squirrel Post Cards - .50 each

Bead Rooms

We have several rooms devoted to our passion, beads and jewelry making.  The walls are covered in beads, everywhere you look.  We carry a variety of Venetian glass beads, silver, gold, pearls, naturals, semi-precious, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, cloisonné, bone, vintage beads and buttons, seed beads loose and on hanks and a large selection of unique, handmade beads.

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Our Bead Room Walls

Natural Beads; Japanese Seed Beads; Czech Seed Beads; Czech Glass Beads by the strand or by the piece; Bone; Horn; Wood; Shell and Mother-of-Pearl

Our Back Room

Silver and Gold; Pearls; Swarovski Crystals; Fibers; Tools and Supplies

Japanese and Czech Seed Beads

by the hank or loose

We carry both Czech glass seed beads by the hank as well as  Japanese Delicas, Miyukis, Matsunos, Magatmas and other loose Japanese seed beads.

When you visit the bead rooms in our shop, you have choices. 

  • You may pick out beads and jewelry making supplies to make something yourself, on the spot, right here in the shop or at home. 

  • For a small labor charge, you may also have us make up your piece for you. 

  • You may also take a class in beading or jewelry making from one of our teachers.

  • Last but not least, we have begun making kits of selected jewelry items.  If you see a piece in the shop that you like and would like to make for yourself, ask if a kit is available.

The Crafter’s Cottage is also a gift gallery filled with a wide variety of locally produced art work and handmade crafts.  Our goal is to promote and enhance the art of unique handcrafts.  We are striving to do this by supporting over 50 local artisans through marketing and consignment sales of their work.  We envision The Crafter's Cottage as a resource for hobbyist as well as professional crafters and artists.

We thank you for your interest in A Better Bead & Crafts

 and The Crafter’s Cottage where we aid and abet your obsessions.


Hours of Operation
Spring Hours
May 1  -  May 31
Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours
June 1  -  August 31
Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fall Hours
September 1 - October 31
Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Winter Hours
November 1  -  April 30
Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Holiday and Festival Schedule
The shop may be open extended hours on Sundays and/or Mondays during holiday and festival celebrations in Brevard. 
Please call to verify hours.
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