September 17th, 2008
Ornamentea is in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
Photo: Susan Beal
When I was in Raleigh last week, I had the chance to stop by Ornamentea and choose some instant favorites from their lavish selection of beads, charms, and ephemera. The owner, Cynthia Deis, has a marvelous eye for color and texture. Speaking of Cynthia, she has a great new book out, Beading with Filigree—I'll be posting a full review soon!
I snapped a few photos while I was there, and scouted their webshop,
too. Here are my picks for some lovely beading and jewelry-making
• The entire bits, bobs, and charms section is fantastic, but I especially like the bold acrylic pendants, vintage-look lockets, and this wonderful octopus—I bought two of him!
• I snapped a picture of one tray of filigree, but the selection online is wonderful—just enjoy browsing the whole page if you have time!
• There's a lot of great chain to look through, but I especially like this oversized rolo chain collection, available in lots of finishes.
• And they have a lovely mix of ribbons to choose from.
A fantastic online-only bonus is their free tutorials page—it's filled with enticing projects to try. Cynthia also keeps a blog that's fun to read and offers lots of sneak previews and peeks!
And if you're in town, here's the info for shopping in person:
Ornamentea; 509 North West St., Raleigh, NC 27603; 919-834-6260
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