A personalized rosary is a special gift. At Bead In Hand we've had the pleasure of helping many individuals select materials for their child's First Communion rosary. It would be our pleasure to help you or your group as well. Here is information about how we can help, and tips for hosting your own event.
March, 2015 "I just wanted to let you know . . . I purchased beads there a couple of weeks ago to make my son his First Communion rosary through our church. We made our rosaries this week and I was stunned at not only my accomplishment, but how truly beautiful it turned out! Thank you so much for your help in picking out the right parts . . . . My son probably won't realize how unique and special this is until later in life, but I do. And it was a WONDERFUL experience! Thank you, thank you, thank you!" A.B.
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Rosary Workshops at Bead In Hand
For Small Groups
You can schedule private classes at Bead In Hand where an experienced instructor helps parents select their materials and shows them how to string and finish the rosary for a professional and secure finish.
If your church would like to host its own event for parents, you can schedule a class for your staff or volunteers where they will learn the techniques for stringing and finishing rosaries, and get advice for teaching others in a group setting.
Classes are 2 ½ hours, $25 per person, and materials are extra. Eight students maximum per class.
Go to our Rosary Workshop page to see dates for currently scheduled classes that may work for your small group. Or,
Call us at 708-848-1761 to schedule a private class.
We recommend students purchase materials in advance of the class if possible. This makes it easier for parents who want to take their time selecting materials and making decisions without feeling rushed.
Feel free to print and share our “How to” sheet for rosary making.
How large do you expect the group to be? Do you have a room with enough table space for each person to work comfortably?
Does it have adequate lighting?
You may want to schedule more than one date to accommodate parent schedules.
Materials Beads will roll off flat surfaces. Consider investing in some materials that you can use each year. Suggested items include:
Soft bead mats, made especially to keep beads from rolling around. They can be cut in half, are washable and last for years.
At least one pair wire cutters, chain nose pliers and crimping pliers. If you have an especially large group, two sets is helpful.
Will your church be purchasing these supplies, or asking parent volunteers to purchase them? If you hope to host an event each year it helps to think about this.
Teachers How many people will be helping to assemble and finish each of the rosaries? While some parents may want to learn how to use crimp beads and finish the rosary themselves, others will not. It can take a while for teachers to finish all of the rosaries for a large group. Consider having snacks or another activity for parents while they wait.
Information for Parents Be sure to give parents clear instructions about the materials they do, and do NOT, have to purchase. For example, some churches provide the stringing wire and crimp beads, while others have the parents purchase their own. A typical shopping list would look like this:
53 beads for the Hail Mary’s – usually 6mm to 8mm round
6 larger or differently shaped beads for the Our Father’s – 8mm to 10mm, depending on the Hail Mary beads selected
Small spacer beads. We recommend one strand of size 8/0 seed beads, which is more than enough for a rosary.
One rosary center (a two-to-one connector)
One crucifix or cross
12 bead caps (optional) as decorative elements around the Our Father beads
For parents who also need to purchase the beading wire and crimp beads, the list should include:
4 feet flexible beading wire (5 feet if using beads larger than 8mm for the Hail Mary's)
4 2x2 crimp beads
Let us know if you’ll be hosting an event and the date. We enjoy helping parents make their selections and will be on “alert” to expect them before your event, and feel free to print and share our “How to” sheet for rosary making.