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

244 West Main Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712



Classes are taught on an on-going basis as listed below.  We also schedule classes by request.  If you don't see what you want on the list below, just ask and we will arrange a class to meet your needs and schedule.

  • Cost for classes varies from $20 to $30 for a 1 hour session + the cost of beading supplies except Precious Metal Clay Class.  The PMC class is $85 plus the cost of the clay.

  • If you wish to buy tools after your class, they may be purchased at a 20% discount.

  • Reservations are required but we will do a class on the spur of the moment if we have a teacher available in the shop.  We teach many more types of classes than we can list.

  • All classes including Basic Beading and Basic Earrings are scheduled on demand.  Our class size varies from one (1) to six (6) students max.

Specialty Classes

Bead Crochet

Bead Crochet Pouch

Bead Knitted Pouch

Bead Knitting

Beaded Beads

Brick Stitch

Business Card Holder

Button Crochet Necklace

Caterpillar Bracelet


Egyptian Collar

Eyeglass Holder

Fabric Embellishment

Fall Leaf Necklace

Fiber Necklace

FreeForm/Tubular Peyote

Herringbone Stitch


Lampwork Beads


Lariat Necklace

Miniature Teddy Bears

Mother's Bracelet

Ornament Cover

Pearl Knotting

Peyote Stitch

Peyote Setting for a Stone

Polymer Clay

Precious Metal Clay (PMC)*

Sewing Class


St. Petersburg Stitch


Tennis Bracelet

Viking Stitch

Vintage Remake

Wire Crochet

Wire Wrapped Rings

Wire Wrapping Stones

Wire Work

The above list represents some, but not all of our class offerings.  In addition to instruction on the creation of specific projects and specialty class samples pictured below, we also offer basic skill level classes that teach a specific set of skills rather than focusing on a particular project. 

For more detail, please call Alethea at (828) 884-5920.

isLeather 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 Want to learn to make this?

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

Click here to see our silver plated charms.

Click her to see our silver plated clasps.

Click here to see our Swarovski page.

Learn how to make this magical creature.

PanLong, Coiling Dragon in Chinese, is a segmented, fully articulated Chinese dragon.  He is made with 15/0, and 11/0 seed beads, Delicas and Swarovski Crystals.  This pattern features full color pictures of the work in progress as well as detailed line drawings and 12 pages of clear instructions.  It is more than twice as long and twice as complicated as most of our patterns.  If you are skilled with peyote and herringbones stitches, this pattern could be for you.

Pan Long, Articulated Seed Bead Dragon Pattern, Panlong

Pattern Only - No Supplies

Hard Copy in Color $40

PDF Download $20

Supplies to Make Panlong, Seed Bead Dragon Pan Long
Crystal Clay With or Without Crystals
Preciosa Crystal Clay Earrings and Pendant

Crystal Clay EarringsLet Annette teach you to make these earrings or the pendant using Preciosa crystals pressed into crystal clay.

Findings Available on Castings Page

Tila & Twin Bead Swinging Door Bracelet

Tila w Crystals & Pearls

Swinging Door Tila & Twin Bead Bracelet

Tila Bracelet w Crystals, Pearls & Seed Beads

Tila-Twin Quilt Block Bracelet, Pattern

Tilas w Crystals & Pearls & Seed Bead Clasp

Patchwork Quilt w Tila & Twin Beads

Learn to make this ladder stitched bracelet.

Leather Wrap Bracelets

Free Pattern, Braided Bead Bracelet Free Pattern, Braided Bead Bracelet     Free Pattern, Braided Bead Bracelet

Braided Bead Bracelet w Button Clasp

Let Nora Lynn teach you to make these

charming wire Easter Basket Earrings.

Vintage Czech Pearls w Seed Beads

Learn to Make Any of these

Bracelets, Beaded Beads

or Rings

Bracelets, White w Tila Beads & Amber w Top Drilled Beads

Learn to make one of these bracelets with top drilled beads.


Netted Pieces You Can Learn to Make

from Annette Holbert

Look What You Can Make with Buttons

Button Bracelet, Sand w Cathedral Beads Button Bracelet, Royal Blue w Clear Crystals Button Bracelet, Root Beer w Purple & Peach Button Bracelet, Teal w Crystals
Button Bracelet, Peach & Podparascha Button Bracelet, Cream w Gold Button Bracelet, Red Hat Colors Button Bracelet w Gold
  Button Earrings w Black Diamond Swarovski Bicones Button Earrings w Tanzanite Crystals  

Learn to Make Either One or Both of These Stunning Pieces

Herringbone Spiral Necklace Set w Swarovski Crystal Slider

Herringbone Spiral Set

Pearl, Gold Ball and Chain Necklace Set

Pendant Pieces

from Annette Holbert

Soldered Bracelets and Earrings

Viking Cord

from Annette Holbert

Beaded Beads

Beaded Beads

Czech Glass and Seed Bead Bracelets

Flat Peyote Stitch 

(Even Count Flat or Tubular)

FreeForm/Tubular Peyote

Learn to Make Pieces Like These

 Druzy & Moonstone Freeform Peyote Pendant          Druzy & Moonstone Freeform Peyote Pendant Back

Freeform Peyote Necklace Set, Seafoam Free Form Peyote Bracelet, Olive Greens
Freeform Peyote Collar w Freshwater Pearls, Teal Freeform Peyote Collar, Teal
Freeform Pendant, Klew Bead Freeform Pendant w Crazy Lace Agate, Garnets & Antiques Seed Beads Freeform Pendant w Vintage Button, Gold Seed Beads & Pearls Freeform Peyote Pendant from Abalone Shell


This class is not a basic level class.  It will take two, ninety minute sessions with a possibility of a third.  The class fee is $40 for two sessions and $50 for three, plus cost of supplies.  Students must know the basics of even count peyote stitch.  In class, they will learn how to do the following:

  • increase and decrease

  • start a new thread and how to tie one off invisibly

  • drop stitches and how to pick them up

  • connect standard strings of beads to free form pieces

  • mix different sized and/or different shaped beads into the pattern

  • shape free form pieces around cabochons and other extra large beads.  

Knitting Supplies

Stitch Markers in 3 Sizes, 6mm, 8.5mm & 14mm

(Class available to learn to make your own.)

Stitch Markers, Knit or Crochet

Stitch Markers

set of 5 markers, beads or buttons

$10 per set

Custom bead or button markers available on request. 

Price depends on bead/button choice.

Caterpillar Bracelets, Necklaces & Earrings

Caterpillar Bracelet, Sea Foam Caterpillar Bracelet, Off White, Wedding Caterpillar Bracelet, Black, Grey & White Caterpillar Earrings, Off White Wedding