Touchstone Beads was founded in 2001 as a collaborative effort between Springfield Leather Company owner Kevin Hopkins and his daughter Molly. They combined Molly's passion for beads with Kevin's love for mineral rocks and fossils. What began as a modest 1/2 table display has grown into a 2500 sq. ft. sea of beads, strings, charms and more. Serving a vast clientele of beginner to professional crafters, Touchstone strives to be Springfield's premier craft source. Our unique atmosphere is full of passion, knowledge and materials to make your wildest crafting dreams come true. We have miles of thread, thousands of beads and crystals, both precious and semi-precious stones, learning materials, fossils, rocks, handmade jewelry, bags, shoes and much more. While our in-store offerings are much more bountiful than our online stock, we're proud to offer hundreds of beading and jewelry crafting supplies nationwide. Have a look around, follow us on social media and scroll down to view the monthly class schedule!

Class Schedule


Our weekly beading classes are a popular attraction at the store. We premiere the schedule each month in our newsletter and post weekly events on Facebook for attendees to use as reminders. To reserve your spot in a class give us a call at 1-417-881-0223! Each class requires a $10 deposit. Act as quickly as possible as seating is very limited!

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Bead Stringing

March 4 - 10:00 a.m.
If you're new to the beading world, this is the class for you. Learn the basics of beading structure, as well as wire stringing, clasp options and attaching crimps. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward purchase of supplies. Total estimated cost of supplies is $15-$20 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 6

Wire Wrapping

March 4 - 3:00 p.m.
Join Wanda and learn to make wire wrapped pendants for undrilled stones. Capture your favorite stone with sterling silver or craft plated wire. A $10 fee is required for registration. Total estimated cost of supplies is $15-$20 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 4

Pearl Knotting

March 11 - 10:00 a.m.
Learn the time-honored technique of stringing pearls with silk thread. Knotting between each pearl protects the pearls, and gives the finished strand a soft, delicate drape. Excellent for beginners. A $10 fee is required to register. Total estimated cost of supplies is $15-$20 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 5

Simple Hemp Choker


March 18 - 10:00 a.m.
Join Madeline for this hemp braiding class. Learn to create a choker from hemp that incorporates seed beads, adjustable chain and a metal clasp. This is a simple class. Total estimated cost of supplies is $22-$25 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 5

Basic Beads and Wire

March 18 - 3:00 p.m.
A new beginner class taught by Wanda. Learn basic wire wrapping techniques while making a bracelet that features a beaded centerpiece and hook-eye clasp. A $10 fee is required for registration. Total estimated cost of supplies is $15-$30 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 4

Peyote Bracelet

March 25 - 10:00 a.m.
Join Jennifer in this bracelet stitching class. Learn a variation of peyote stitch that uses both one-hole and two-hole seed beads. A $5 fee is required for registration. Total estimated cost of supplies is $30-$40 not including thread and needles.
Seat Limit: 5

Tree of Life

March 25 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn to make a lustrous pendant with wire and crystal beads. Wanda will be there to instruct and guide you through putting your spin on this design. A $10 fee is required for registration. Total estimated cost of supplies is $20-$25 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 6