Beadology Iowa

Beadology Iowa


I just wanted to share this with you, as I purchased these rutile rubies from your store a few months ago and finally found the right use for them. The second earring is still in progress, but it will be done in time for Christmas!
Karen, a preview; I'll bring to the store soon. The camera does not capture the beads' beauty.
I bought these beads on Sunday and thought you would like to see our creation! Beautiful beads and beautiful store!

The store is full of beads from around the world: stone, pearl, metal, organic, glass, crystal, and Beadology Iowa, a bead store and a whole lot more!

Since 1987, Beadology Iowa has offered a line of in-house finished jewelry, a broad inventory line and an exciting and ever changing options for jewelry making classes. Our inventory include glass, stone, metal, organic, Swarovski crystal, pearls, stringing materials, tools, lampworking supplies, metal working supplies, metal clay, and many beading components. Classes include seed bead weaving, wi


WE DID IT, TEAM! We accomplished counting everything in the store in record time with a herd of fantastic volunteers. That mean our doors will reopen to the public at 3pm today, Saturday the 7th. Come see the freshly tidied store this afternoon. We'll be happy to see you!


AND NOW WE COUNT! Beadology Iowa will be closed today, Friday the 6th, and Saturday the 7th. Thank you to everyone that shopped our pre inventory sale. You're making our lives a little easier because now we count every, every, every bead in the house. It's a challenge, but our volunteers are up for it. We appreciate it!
We may open some time Saturday afternoon, so watch this space for more information. Otherwise, we will be open for regular hours Sunday the 8th at noon.


Come for the pe**te tutorial, stay for the class previews

Photos from Beadology Iowa's post 01/05/2023

Ends 8pm tonight! Last day of the pre inventory sale! Get 50% off of almost everything* in the store.
If you can't make it today, give us a call at 319-338-1556, and we can coordinate some shopping from home. Pictures, video, email, chat... We can help!
Friday and Saturday we will be closed for inventory, so help us have less to count by doing some shopping. And remember, don't touch the important green stickers!
*No commission work, no Swarovski products, no precious metals


It may be trying to snow out there, but that hasn't stopped our pre inventory sale! Get 50% off of almost everything* in the store through tomorrow at 8pm. Then we will be closed Friday and Saturday for inventory. Get your deals before they're gone!
If you're not feeling the weather, give us a call at 319-338-1556 and we can coordinate some shopping from home. We can send photos through email, do video calls, and take payments over the phone. Let us know how we can help. Stay warm and safe!
*No commission work, no Swarovski products, no precious metals


Pre inventory sale will be ending this Thursday the 5th at 8pm. We will be counting and weighing beads with the help of community volunteers starting Friday, January 6th and continuing through the 7th. We are using computer and paper and calculators. No abacus for us.
Come see us again late in the afternoon of Saturday, January 7! We will update Facebook and Instagram about when we will reopen. Otherwise, see us for regular hours on Sunday.


Happy New Year! We hope your celebrations are fun and safe and that your new year is prosperous and kind.
It was our first full year at our new location and we're grateful for the support we've received during such a big change. Thank you for a great 2022!
We will close today at 4pm and remain closed New Years Day. We will reopen Monday the 2nd with normal business hours. Pre inventory sale goes through the 5th.


Congratulations to Francine Thompson of the Emma Goldman Clinic for being one of the Press Citizen's People to Watch for 2023. She's a hard-working activist that has the safety and freedom of Iowans in mind in all that she does. She's spent 35 years providing stellar medical services, community education, and political guidance to our community and beyond.


Remember this little flower fella? If you don't, go on Facebook to see our Live from yesterday where Karen did a lamp working demo and made these perfect little petals.
We have a whole library of Facebook Lives archived there to watch at any time including tours of different parts of the store, demos, and tutorials. Be sure to follow us and don't miss us as we go LIVE every Thursday at 1pm Central.
The pre inventory sale is still going on! It's been a hit and things are going fast at great prices, so stop in before those beads you've had your eye on are gone.


Flamework carving and cutting demo with upcoming holiday schedule!


Blow me away.


We will be closed Sunday, December 25th. Have a safe and happy holiday. Stay warm!
Pre inventory sale starts Monday, December 26th and runs through January 5th. 50% off nearly everything. See for more details.

Photos from Beadology Iowa's post 12/21/2022

Time is running out! Stocking stuffers and last minute gifts are here at Beadology Iowa! For the person that has everything there are chains (some adjustable!), jewelry cleaning supplies, earring backs to prevent heartbreak, and bead storage containers. If you've got someone picky on your list, we also have gift certificates!
Whatever you need this holiday season, we can help! Stay safe and warm and have a happy holiday.

Photos from Beadology Iowa's post 12/17/2022

Lace Earrings class is looking good. A great way to learn to combine different stitching techniques for a beautiful final piece. Don't miss another class! Go to to see our full class schedule and even register online! You can also call 319-338-1566 and register over the phone.


Beadology Iowa is the last full service bead store in Iowa, located in Iowa City. Take a tour of our space with co owner Karen Kubby and learn more at


Color contrasting vs color grading? Learn more!


We have more Essentials kits than stringing. Karen shows off our Kumihimo and Seed Bead Weaving Essentials kits. They're great for new adventures in beading and finding new ways to craft jewelry, all at 15% off buying the items individually. Check out and find the Essentials in our shop. We also have the bundles available in store. Call us at 319-338-1566 if you have any questions. We're happy to help!


First three people to come in today and the first three before noon tomorrow (Wednesday) that mention this post get 15% off their entire purchase. The rain is going to be here a while. Might as well save some money while we wait for sunnier skies.

Photos from Beadology Iowa's post 12/13/2022

We have gifts galore, but if you want something a little festive, check out our holiday corner. There are supplies in traditional colors and jewelry with holiday lights. Maybe a gift certificate is in order? Find these and more at Beadology Iowa. Visit for more gift ideas.


Santa stopped by the shop today 🎅 He said we're all on the nice list and that everyone that shops here for Christmas is too!* Avoid the naughty list and find the perfect gifts here at Beadology Iowa.
*Okay, maybe he didn't say that, but it WOULD be nice to see those smiling eyes. Open 10-6 today.


Our Essentials line makes gift giving easier with a savings of 15%! Each one caters to a type of skill, project, or material, providing everything one needs to begin a new creative adventure. They're also great for refilling supplies or upping your tool game.

Our most popular Essentials bundle is the Stringing on Elastic Essentials. It's a great beginner kit, a foundational skill, and great for adults and kids alike. It comes with all the supplies plus a bag of beads to get you started.

Our Stringing on Nylon Essentials is great not only for basic bracelets and necklaces, but it's got what you need if you plan to venture into pearl knotting (which we have classes for on ).

Order online at , over the phone at 319-338-1566, or better yet come down in person to 355 S. Clinton St. In Iowa City.


New fire polish on the sales floor! New colors, old favorites, and a range of sizes. We're open until 8 tonight, so that's ample time to stop in and see them for yourself. Find us at 355 S. Clinton St in Iowa City.


Wire gauges with Alyssa

Photos from Beadology Iowa's post 12/07/2022

We're making shopping easier! We've collected some finished jewelry into different price points so that you can peruse with your budget in mind. Bracelets under $20, earrings under $25, necklaces and bracelets under $50, jewelry under $75... We have something for everyone on your list!

Photos from Chereal Designs's post 12/07/2022

Photos from Chereal Designs's post

Photos from Beadology Iowa's post 12/06/2022

Owners Karen and Laurel Kubby have curated a selection of their original beadwork to be on sale for 20% off. This is not a common occurrence, so if you have your eye on something, act fast! These pieces are beautiful and detailed, created by expert beaders, and make a great gift for you or someone special on your gift list.
Come in and see what's on sale at 355 S. Clinton St. or shop by phone at 319-338-1566. We can even shop by photos and video. Whatever helps you this holiday season!

Photos from Beadology Iowa's post 12/05/2022

Felting always makes us feel warm and fuzzy. This weekend, using colored wool and some needles, students made some great landscapes and portraits. Every piece was unique and used different strategies with color and shape. The skills learned in this class and our other felting classes with Victor build on each other and make it possible to do some BIG work. See the surprise by one of our students on the last slide!
Miss the class? It filled up FAST, but that doesn't mean you can't experiment with felting on your own until the next class. Go to and look up our Essentials line. We have bundles for many different skills, including felting. Find a gift for you or someone you love. Essentials bundles are 15% cheaper when bought together. Get your gift list taken care of in a snap!


Victor talks felting!


Our most used stringing material is flexwire. It's strong without sacrificing a supple drape and very easy to use. Make sure the maker in your life has the right supplies to create pieces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but secure and long lasting. This bundle includes a roll of .018 flex wire, 100ct 2x2mm sterling silver crimps, and a sterling silver clasp.
Check out our Essentials line at and see the other bundles we've created. Each one supports different aspects and skills for jewelry making. Great for starting a new hobby or getting a refill on much needed supplies. The Essentials bundles are a great deal, each 15% off of what the items would be separately, so stop in, go to our website, or give us a call at 319-338-1566 to shop by phone.

Photos from Beadology Iowa's post 11/30/2022

Unleash creativity! Our Essentials are the perfect gift bundles for beginner beaders, fledgling felters, and advanced artisans alike. Support imagination this holiday season and give the gift of new skills, like kumihimo, seed bead weaving, and stringing. The marvelous makers in your life will thank you.
Go to www to see everything we have to offer!


We are excited for the upcoming Artists Ending Homelessness online auction for ! We've donated a class registration for folks to bid on. The bidding site is and goes live Monday, December 5, closing Friday, December 9. Help Shelter House help more people!
There will be an in-person viewing! Drop by Riverside Theatre (119 E College, Iowa City) on Monday, December 5, any time between 4:30 and 6:30. There will be holiday cookie decorating, delicious cider from Wilson’s Orchard, and more!


Small Biz Sat Buzz


What's on your bead board?


We will be closed Thanksgiving Day and reopen to regular business hours Friday, November 25th. See you Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!


Sometime between 11:56 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, a group of Grinches stole the Iowa City Downtown District's sleigh, which is displayed annually in the Pedestrian Mall.

The District and the Iowa City Police Department asks those responsible to return the sleigh. Members of the community are also asked to keep an eye out for the sleigh. If spotted, please contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5276.

Videos (show all)

A lamp working demo and what's coming next
Bead Challenge up through Thursday!
SuperDuos, ornaments, and MORE!
Whip it! Whip it good! Learn whip stitch and Karen talks about the Bead Challenge.
New private collection.
Upcoming classes with Alyssa!
Laurel Kubby is coming back! Come see the geometric beading demo!
Last day of stone trunk shiw.
Felting demo after some upcoming classes
Lamp working demo and so many classes!
Fab Guest Instuctors.
Kit teaser, upcoming classes, and earring design!




355 S. Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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