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« on: September 13, 2006 09:45:10 AM »

Hello, everyone! i thought i should jaunt over here and introduce myself to my fellow Virginians! i live near Rocky Mount, which is 30 miles or so south of Roanoke. i love all kinds of crafts - paper art, bookmaking, polymer clay, sewing, collage, jewelry making... So, howdy, howdy everyone!
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006 09:54:20 PM »

Nice to meet you bluemama.

I am a student living in Blacksburg... I don't really have a lot of time for crafting, but lately I have taken to beading and jewelry making, and I can't stop! It's addictive!

I know there are knitting shops in the area, and an art store, but I don't really know where to get things like wire and beads.
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2006 04:47:44 AM »

Hello, Ellatrue! i don't know where to find wire and beads in Blacksburg, but i know there's a neat bead shop in downtown Roanoke, if you're ever out that way. i can't remember the name, but i believe it's down the street from MM Coffee and Tea. And ofcourse there's the staples - Michael's and A.C. Moore. Hope this helps!
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006 07:45:51 PM »

Do you know if there's a Michael's anywhere in Christiansburg? The Roanoke tip does help, I should be heading out there one of these weekends anyway.

What sort of bookmaking do you do? I don't know that I've ever heard of that. It sounds neat.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2006 08:04:43 PM »

i don't know anything about Christiansburg, so i'm not sure about the Michael's.  As far as bookmaking, i make journals. i do them from scratch, so that means i sew the pages together, cover matboard (for front/back covers) with fabric for the covers and slap the whole thing together. i also like to make miniature books and tag books.
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2006 05:09:53 AM »

Do you give them as gifts?

My problem is that for a while I collected them, but never really filled them.
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2006 10:27:14 AM »

i have given them away as gifts, but in the future i hope to sell them. Instead of only making them for writing in (the paper i used for pages wasn't suited for much else) as i did in the past, i now try to make them more versatile by using heavier weight paper, cardstock or watercolor paper mixed with writing pages. i want to sell them someday, so to make more in less time i am starting to use less pages. i know a lot of people rarely fill them up, so this may help. i myself used to be a prolific write and would fill a journal sometimes in a few months, but not anymore! i craft a lot more than i write/draw anymore, that's for sure!
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2006 08:13:51 AM »

That Bead store is called Beads of Light....at least that is what it was called last time I was there...which was a couple years.

Anyway, its right by the market building with the food court in downtown roanoke.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2006 06:39:36 PM »

That's the one! Thanks, bekahzzz!
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2006 07:35:51 PM »

Is there an address for the market building? I don't really know my way around Roanoke that well.
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2006 08:43:31 PM »

I'm not sure of the street number, but its on Campbell Ave. If you make your way to downtown roanoke you can't miss it. Its basically the highlight of the downtown area. (The market area, with fresh produce, flowers and often crafts) I would go to Roanoke.com if you want to know more.
 
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2007 10:24:33 AM »

I know that this is way late, but just in case you guys are still looking at bead stores there 2 good ones really close to each other downtown.  One is Seeds of Light at the market building and the other one is Beads Indeed just down the street a few doors.  They are both are really original and have great prices!
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2008 06:39:39 PM »

Hey, I'm in Radford. Not many independent crafty stores around here (or anything else really). And I know it's two years too late, but for anyone else who looks at the thread there IS a Michael's in Christiansburg. (It may have even been built since that first post...)
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