Lush Beads is a jewelry studio where you can find finished jewelry pieces, have a custom piece designed for you, get your favorite jewelry repaired, or take a private beading lesson. Owner Liz Stewart has been beading since 2000 and has a wide variety of jewelrymaking experience.
I've been crafting for as long as I can remember. It started with potholders that I would make and sell for $0.25 each. In high school, I learned all sorts of interesting crafty things, like stenciling, applique, reverse applique, wood carving, metal jewelrymaking, and stained glass. I enjoyed my work with stained glass so much that I did a 6 month independent study in it. I pursued this interest in college, taking a course at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA.
Sometime in the year 2000 a friend of mine had a bunch of us over to her house to learn a little bit about beading. It was a hobby she enjoyed a great deal and she enthusiastically shared her love and knowledge of beading with all of us. I was hooked, and I've been creating with beads ever since.
I started another business in 2002 to sell my finished jewelry. I merged that business with Lush Beads once I opened the shop in 2004. I have never regretted leaving my IT career to run this shop, or to create with beads on a daily basis.
In December 2013, I decided to close the supply side of my business to focus on my jewelrymaking and teaching.
I continue to design and sell my own jewelry, and to teach private lessons from time to time. I live in Lowell.