at Level 1 Nicholas Building 37 Swanston Street (corner Flinders Lane), Melbourne, 3000
Maria's Beads and Trims is a supplier of beads, trims and findings for bridal couture, jewellery making, cake decorators, egg decorators and craft enthusiasts.
Maria's Beads and Trims is owned and operated by Mary Farrugia, renown bead artist and teacher. The store is located on the first floor in the historic Nicholas Building, on Swanston Street in Melbourne. Inside the light filled shop you will find the largest collection of Swarovski Crystal Components, Myuki, Matsuno and Czech Seed beads, bugle beads, Miyuki cylinder beads "Delicas", Sequins, Griffin pearl knotting silk, diamontee anf lace trims, sew on stones and bridal supplies in Melbourne. Jewellery making classes are hosted by Mary Farrugia and special guests every month, from beginners classes to advanced. The classroom is filled with natural light and overlooks the beautiful Saint Paul's Cathedral. Mary also teaches bead knitting, bead crochet, bead embroidery onto garments and how to apply Swarovski Hot-Fix onto garments. Maria's beads and trims also sells artisan lampwork beads, finished jewellery, books, tools, glue and jewellery making kits. There is a wide array of contemporary and vintage findings, scrap-booking supplies and pre-packaged beads. You can also find a wide supply of glass beads, artistic wire, threads and porcelain buttons and so much more. We also repair broken jewellery and have a range of glue in pointed back rhinestones for vintage costume jewellery.
Maria's Beads and Trims is located on the first floor of the heritage listed Nicholas Building. Entrance is via the gorgeous stained glass "Cathedral arcade next door to Subway Restaurant. To get to Maria's Beads and Trims by Train: Catch any train to Flinders Street Station ->Exit onto Flinders Street and Swanston Street ->From Flinders Station to the shop it is a 5 minute walk across Flinders Street and continue along Swanston Street until you near Flinders Lane. Enter The Nicholas Building (arcade entrance on Swanston Street next to Subway Restaurant) or off Flinders Lane. ->Use either the stairs to the first floor (Maria's Beads and Trim's is directly opposite the doors to the first floor) or the elevator. There are several paid parking lots near Maria's Beads and Trims, click on the map link below to find out more. Google Map Link: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1%2F37+Swanston+Street+Walk,+Melbourne+Victoria+3000,+Australia&msa=0&msid=114639507627688154691.0004931d7de23c18ff88c&ll=-37.816582,144.96623&spn=0.00339,0.00427&z=16
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getting ready for a summer holiday. We will be closed from 2pm 24th of December and re-opening on the 6th of January 2015. May I take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry and safe Christmas, a happy and propserous New year, Enjoy what time you spend with families and friends.
Sorted through heaps of sequins this week. In addition to the 60mm ones we now have a range of 18mm sequins, both centre drilled and top drilled. This would look great in a knitted top. Shall take a picture of the one in the shop and post later in the week.
had some fun this week making earrings with the 60mm sequins, great fun and they look good. They are also doubling up as my Christmas decorations in the shop
Customer always right- maybe not. A ticket from a $10 earring is somehow on a tiara and they then expect to pay $10 for said tiara when another exactly the same and others are prices at $80 - 95. Really! Amazing what some people think and expect. Really unfair to small business. Like to see her purchase an equivalent for $10 when the stones in the tiara are worth more.
Well getting ready for spring carnival with a hat display in the shop as well as some lovely hat pins. Then it will be time to think of the silly season!
The Royal Melbourne Show in its "wisdom" no longer sees beading as a category to be included in their Art and Crafts section. The reason given was that there were not enough entries last year. This seems rather strange to me as Bobbin lace had only ONE entry last year and they are included but beading had far more entries and has been dropped from the schedule. The main section that was a disappointment last year was the schools entry, but this is dependent on what teacher's interests are. RASV you have lost my faith in you, The other regional shows still have beading sections as well as the Easter Show in Sydney and Brisbane. Better off working towards the regional shows who still see beading as a craft, eg Whittlesea, Sunbury, Berwick, Shepparton and other but not the Royal Melbourne Show. Shame on them. And this was one of the sections in the Arts & Crafts that had a sponser that gave prizes for the section.
Joy oh joy, another day trying to contact Swarovski Crystals in Australia. Is there enough Valium in the world? Insane over a week to get a response to an email when this is their preferred way to do business. The use of language vocally seems to be beyond them, as their main phone is never answered within five minutes. Thanks for hands free phones to allow me to put them on speaker to wait for their response. B Sheesh, if you cannot answer the phone, at least invest in an answering machine.
Just gets crazier with Swarovski. Stock is available in Austria. Told that if order placed and paid for Wednesday am delivery next week with $10 freight. New email delivery due 29th may or pay $49.50 freight to have delivery by DHL. What the hell is going on here. Obviously gross incompetence or they just do not place regular orders with Austria anymore as they do not have enough. Swarovski Crystals Australia you are an absolute joke. 15 days delivery for an in stock item. Stock from USA takes 3 days to arrive.
Thank you Swarovski Hong Kong. Called their office and had an answer in five minutes, and they were so polite and helpful. Maybe we should deal with them and forget Australia. They do not deserve the commission on this order.
What a joke Swarovski Australia is. 12 minutes to answer their phone. Asked for sizing of a spectra product to be told there is only one catalogue and it was sitting on her manager's desk so she could not give me an answer. Email her she said- what the hell for am waiting for an answer on the same product from an email three weeks age sent to Josephine, Daniel and Melissa! Then you would not believe the song and dance I got trying to pay for an order by credit card - homey moley, amazing how hard it is to deal with this office. Shame their service is not as good as their product. Must be another office I can deal with, these people could not organise a piss up in a brewery!! B
Nice one swarovski Australia. Customer service who cannot answer calls and when they call you they talk over you and then tell you they have been instructed to hang up on "difficult" customers. All I was trying to do was pay for an order. What the!!!!! Expected better from a company like swarovski but obviously the Australian side of the company leaves a hell of a lot to be desired in term of service. Three weeks and still waiting for a response re a lighting query. Shame Swarovski Australia you do not deserve to be in business with this attitude. So much easier and cheaper to order through a third party in the U.S. who give better service and quicker delivery. It is said to hear nothing but bad things about Swarovski Crystals Australian office from my trade customers. Only good thing is I know that I am not the only frustrated person trying to do business with Swarovski Australia 😒😞
Nice one swarovski tried to place an order on ecommerce for 2058 ss20 but your pade only show ss5 to ss10. Obviously Australia does not need the larger sizes
What's worse then having no phone, the telco telling you at 6 pm on Friday that it would take 24 - 48 hours to divert to your mobile and I am still waiting argggh
Thinking of starting fortnightly or weekly beading classes. What sort of techniques are of interest? What times and days would be preferable? I will be getting someone in to run these classes on a regular basis
Please note that we have a minimum purchase of $50 to qualify for wholesale. A purchase of 30 grams of sequins does not amount anywhere near this amount and the customer still wants wholesale prices. Che?
Very happy beader, for the new Diane Fitzgerald book - Shaped Beadwork and Beyond. What a great book done by the master. I have ordered 8 extra copies for the shop and 4 are already spoken for. Will see me getting these in on a regular basis. Thank you Diane. I now have some more holiday projects, how long were these holidays going to be again?
What have I been up to, keeping up stock of black delicas. Are people using these on their toast or something. Order 500 grams, last a week. Order 1 kg lasts a few more weeks. Will be ordering these in larger quantities from now on. Having fun with new superduos. Have to remember to pack some for the shop, and not on a one for you, one for me basis. Oh well, another order coming up.
Congratulations to my friend Suzie James Gems who got a first and second prize in the Brisbane show this weekend for her amazing beadwork. Well done Suzie.
Congratulations to my vest student ever and friend Suzie Suzie James Gems for a first and second prize in the Brisbane show this weekend. Well deserved. Woo hoo
Most amazing thing today - a customer returned less than 20 cents worth of sequins as they were faulty. The trip to return them would have cost her far more! Why is this so? Then turns up just as I was taking my first break for the day too (albeit at 4.55) and wanted instant service and not to give me two minutes to relieve my poor bladder. It would be good if patience could be not just a word in the dictionary! It seems that some people's lack of planning is my emergency. Even the gentleman I was talking to in the bookshop was surprised at the way she spoke to me. Shame what we have to put up sometimes in retail.