Cindy's Crafts specializes in beads


photo by John Bryant
An Abundant supply of beads is always available at Cindy's Crafts, 2532 Elizabethton Highway, Johnson City. Pictured, owner Cindy Tipton.

  By Greg Miller
star staff
  gmiller@starhq.com

  JOHNSON CITY -- Those looking for a wide variety of beads need look no further than Cindy's Crafts.
  One "can make just about anything with beads," said owner Cindy Tipton, who says she specializes in beads.
  The shop carries "high-quality seed beads, along with a large selection of larger glass beads, tools and threads for all your beading needs."
  The beaded ornaments and beaded kits "are very popular right now," Tipton said. "I offer a lot of free patterns and idea sheets."
  Other available items at Cindy's Crafts include the Pretty Punch line of punch embroidery, doll supplies, cake boxes, soapmaking supplies, candlemaking and essential oils, and a variety of paint for anything from fabric to metal."
  A variety of pelts, including pigskin, deer and cow hides, rabbit fur, and coyote and fox faces, are also available.
  Flintknapping flakes and kits are available for those who want to make their own arrowheads.
  "I have a lot of Native American craft supplies to make dream catchers, mandallas and more," Tipton said. Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards, as well as Native American music cassettes, are also available.
  Tipton special orders many items. "If they want something I don't have, I do my utmost to get it for them," she said.
  Cindy's Crafts sells to customers in several countries via mail order. "The bulk of it goes to Australia, because I have a lot more customers over there," Tipton said. She has also made sales to people in other countries, including Germany, Japan, Malta, Canada and New Zealand.
  Beading classes will be offered after the first of the year at Cindy's Crafts, which has gift certificates.
  In 1996, Tipton started a weekly newsletter, which is delivered via e-mail. To sign up for the newsletter, send a blank e-mail to beadlady-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
  To participate in the chat group, visit www.quiltropolis.net/maillists/maillistsdetail.asp?catid=Beading.
  Cindy's Crafts opened 15 years ago at a nearby location. In 1991, the shop moved to its current location. Cindy's Crafts is located at 2532 Elizabethton Highway. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  For more information, call 926-0050, e-mail beadlady@preferred.com or log onto www.picturetrail.com/beadlady.