Most Seattle women have learned that the only way to stay sufficiently sane during our dreary winter months is by getting crafty. For those of

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Best Alternative to Stitch 'n' Bitch

Fusion Beads

Most Seattle women have learned that the only way to stay sufficiently sane during our dreary winter months is by getting crafty. For those of you who never really got into that whole "Stitch 'n' Bitch" movement, Fusion Beads in Wallingford is a welcome alternative to the yarn (or is it yawn?) store. The name of their game is selection, with practically every inch of the store covered in all the beads you could ever want—glass, wood, silver, and Swarovski crystal—in every size, shape, and color imaginable. The store is well-staffed with friendly, knowledgeable beaders who'll point you in the right direction or leave you alone if you prefer to walk around in your bedazzled euphoria solo. Fusion, like any bead store, can be a bit overwhelming for newbies; if you don't know where to begin, sign up for their beginning class in wire wrapping ($25). That technique alone is enough to keep you so busy you may not even notice that those gray skies have turned back to blue.—Suzie Rugh

 
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