First Friday 12/5, Gemstone & Co. Trunk Show 12/13-12/14

On Friday, 12/5/14, Nomad will be hosting a First Friday event along with other artists and studios as part of the North Boulder Arts District. We’ll be open until 9pm, offering wine and other goodies, enjoying the festive atmosphere and highlighting the work of the many artists who are on staff here at Nomad.

First Friday

All of us here love playing with beads as much as we do teaching about them, and this is an opportunity to visit the shop late and take a look at all the things we are putting together for the holidays. Please join us, and check out the North Boulder Arts District site for information on other happenings this weekend!

We will also be hosting a trunk show Saturday and Sunday, 12/13-12/14. We’ll be featuring the stock of Gemstone & Co., a direct-import firm based out of Denver which specializes in beautifully cut and polished gemstone beads – tourmaline, citrine, amethyst and more. Top-quality materials will be available for between $25-130 per strand, so come treat yourself to something premium.

November and December classes

Magatama kumihimo

Monster class update! We will be running classes on most Saturdays and Sundays along with our usual Saturday freebie intro class. Check out the Sunday classes page for details, but here’s the base list:

Sunday, November 16: Channel Wrap Bracelet, $45
Saturday, November 22: Elastic Bracelets, $10
Sunday, November 23: Three Styles Earring Workshop, $40
Saturday, November 29: No class scheduled, but come shop!
Sunday, November 30: Sundance Style Necklace, $45
Saturday, December 6: Kumihimo Bracelet Basics, $65
Sunday, December 7: Kumihimo Magatama Necklace, $75
Saturday, December 13: Channel Wrap Bracelet, $45
Sunday, December 14: Squiggle & Paddle Hammered Earrings, $45
Saturday, December 20: Mala Class, $25 not including beads
Sunday, December 21: Pearl Knotting, $45

As always, please call the store at 303-786-9746 to reserve a space.

Willi Eggerman pottery at Nomad

Willi small

During the month of November, we will be featuring the work of Willi Eggerman at Nomad in our window. Willi is a Boulder artist working in clay to create both functional and sculptural work. We’ve admired Willi’s work for a long time and are thrilled to have it in the store. Working with her, we selected a variety of pieces to showcase. Willi often uses various seed pod shapes as a metaphor in her work, and the organic shapes seem to speak to the nature of the season perfectly. Please stop by and see her work here.

For more information about Willi and her work, visit her website!

Upcoming shows for Willi:

Boulder Potters Guild: November 6-9 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont.

Firefly Handmade Holiday Shows: November 29-30, at the Watershed School 1661 Alpine Ave., Boulder.

Denver Potters Holiday Sale: December 4-7, 6th and Adams, Denver.

Firefly Handmade Holiday Shows: December 6-7, at the Exdo Event Center at 1399 35th St., Denver.

Bracelet Class With Heidi Kummli; October & November Updates

The remainder of the year is going to be very busy here at Nomad. We are scheduling classes on both Saturday and Sunday through the holidays. Our current classes list is up to date through mid-November; please check it out on our Sunday classes page. As always, please call the store at 303-786-9746 if you would like to reserve a spot in a class.

We have a couple of spots left in our upcoming Beginning Kumihimo class. Sessions are being run on both Saturday 10/25 and Sunday 10/26 from 1-4p.m. This has been proving very popular, so if you are interested, sign up quickly!

Kumihimo bracelet

Heidi Kummli will be hosting a design class on Saturday, November 8th! Two sessions, morning and afternoon, are available. This two-hour class will be creating bangles out of epoxy clay and some of Heidi’s amazing stash of beads and bits. Spaces are still available – give us a call!

Heidi bracelets

Trunk show Friday and Saturday; no freebie class Saturday

We’re in frantic preparation for Voices of the Stones’ arrival on Friday. The two large tables at the front of the store will be loaded down with their stuff and we encourage you to come in and take a look – this is our first influx of new goodies since July. Prices will be as marked and are roughly 25-30% off Nomad retail, so there will be some swell deals as well!

Because so much space will be taken up by the trunk show stock, there will be no Saturday morning class! The class table will probably be full of beads.

Thanks to all for making our first shot at a kumihimo class such a success this last week! Everyone had a blast and we expect to be doing more in the future. Catherine has already ordered more seed beads, magatamas and larger delicas for these projects. This may become a new obsession.

September classes; closed for Labor Day; upcoming events

New Sunday classes are up for September! Please give us a call at the shop (303-786-9746) if you’re interested in any of these.

The shop will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 1st.

Trunk show: Voices of the Stones, 9/5-9/6


Friday and Saturday, September 5th and 6th only! Come visit with Mary, Carole and the indomitable Emma, and check out their vast selection of gemstone beads and pearls. We’ll be filling up two of the large front tables, and there is always something gorgeous and exciting in the Voices stash.

New seed beads

Seed beads

We also have tons of new seed beads in, a special consignment lot from Beyond Beadery! Our current obsession with kumihimo has gotten us very interested in these bright little beads, and we have an extensive collection of varied sizes on hand.

Heidi is coming! More class updates! New stock!

Happy July everyone! Several updates:

One of our traveling friends sent us all of his Czech glass – he decided that he didn’t want to carry it all on the road any more. We’ve spent the last couple of weeks tagging four big boxes of Czech glass and getting it hung up. The windows look great and we’re really happy to have the beads with us. These are a wild mix of styles, with some highly eccentric color blends and some classics, priced as low as $3 a strand – which is a steal!

Heidi Kummli will be teaching a Crystal Clay/Bead Embroidery class on Saturday, August 2nd, from 10-2. These are two of her most awesome techniques and this is a great opportunity to learn both in one session. Sign up for this one in advance – we do require a deposit for Heidi’s classes. Details on the Sunday Class Schedule page, along with a few more classes for July: Ice Resin and the classic Sundance necklace.

We’re still sorting out the rest of the August schedule around the usual vacations, but expect to be teaching at least one earring workshop, a session of channel wrap bracelets, and a kumihimo braiding class! Stay tuned for more details.

May classes & events

Whoa! Thanks so much for making our visit to the Rocky Mountain Bead Society Bead Bazaar so awesome. We had an absolutely crazy weekend and met all kinds of fellow-traveler bead lunatics.

We have a trunk show! Come check out a selection from Thomason Stone, 114 new bags of new materials and styles which will be available for the month of May in the shop. Included: lots of beautiful abalone beads, bronzite, rhyolite, red tiger’s eye, poppy jasper, turquoise (lots of beautiful styles and colors), tri-color tiger’s eye, jade, coral, amber and more.

In the course of prepping for the Bazaar, we had the opportunity to dig into some additional boxes of estate backstock, and as a result we have a huge assortment of new Thai and India silver priced and ready to go. We’ve set up an entire cabinet full, and some of these pieces are really exceptional.

Heidi Kummli will be teaching a class in loomed seed beads, which will create a piece big enough for a pendant or cuff, on Saturday June 14th. Keep an eye on future newsletters for more information!

New Sunday Classes are up! Call the shop if you wish to attend any of these.