Beading delights

For anyone with a beading addiction a colourful treasure trove has opened on Shedden Road.

Sue Rutty

Sue Rutty, The Bead Shop owner and manager with some of her designs. Photo: Joanna Lewis

The Bead Shop, owned and managed by Sue Rutty, opened last November and is packed full to the brim with beads in every colour and design imaginable.

‘Once you start beading you can’t stop. It becomes an obsession,’ Sue said.

Sue started the art just over a couple of years ago, introduced by a close friend. Since then she has pursued beading with a passion, creating hundreds of necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

‘It started out as a hobby,’ Sue explained.

It wasn’t long until she started selling her hand-made jewellery at local crafts fair, yet one problem always remained.

‘It was always hard to source the beads so I decided to import beads from overseas myself,’ she said.

With other beaders also complaining about the difficulties of getting hold of beads on island, Sue, who owns and runs Cayman Homes and Gardens with husband Jeoff, simply cornered off a section of the shop and decided to turn it into a business.

Word of mouth spread and Sue has had a steady flow of customers since, from established beaders, to novices keen to master the art.

Running the gamut, from the elaborate, to the simple, the beads jostle for space in this beader’s heaven.

Made from stone, shell, crystal and wood, beads overflow from draws and shelves, all sourced from around the world, including far flung destinations such as Malaysia, China and Argentina.

The shop is packed full with all the tools required; pliers, wire cutters, crimpers and wig-jigs for shaping wire.

As well as beads there are also hundreds of handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Sue is happy to custom make a piece, so whether you want a simple, elegant necklace or feel like taking a walk on the wild side with a bright and bold bracelet, it can be made to suit your exact taste.

Novices are able to have a quick lesson under the watchful eye of Sue, guiding them step-by-step in the art of beading.

‘I normally ask them to look through some magazines and find a design that they like. Then I will help them pick out the beads and show them how to get started,’ Sue explained.

Simple pieces can be made for as little as six dollars in under an hour, while more elaborate pieces can take up to a day.

Sue garners inspiration for her designs from magazines, books and the internet, but explains that she always tries to adapt the design to make it her own.

‘I always have designs milling around in my head and there is always something in my purse or at home that I am working on. You just get totally addicted.’

The Bead Shop on Eucalyptus Boulevard, 4 Shedden Road, is open 9am to 4pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 928-2436.

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