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Beading inspires business

By Liz Mellino

A creative eye and a love for colour inspired Shepparton’s Angie Ciavarella (pictured) to pursue her passion for beading. Angie opened Chicky Babe’s Jewellery & Beads 14 years ago, to share her love with the community.

‘‘Jewellery has always been a huge interest of mine,’’ Angie said.

‘‘I started off with a little bit of stock and it really took off from there.’’

Originally in Archer St, Angie re-located to 41 Glenlyon Ave, Shepparton 10 years ago and her collection of beads and craft supplies has continued to grow. The store is now bursting at the seams, with floor-toceiling shelves displaying an arrangement of beads, wire, custom jewellery and beading equipment.

Angie offers a range of services, including costume jewellery repairs, custom jewellery work and beading classes.

‘‘I enjoy teaching others something that I really love,’’ Angie said.

‘‘For me the biggest part of beading is the enjoyment and I love to be able to share that with other people.’’

Angie runs two beading classes on Wednesdays and is encouraging people to come along and create their own unique pieces.

‘‘Beading is more than just a learning experience, it’s a skill and a hobby,’’ Angie said.

‘‘I have made some really great friends along the way. The classes truly are a social thing for everyone involved.’’

With colourful hair and a bright personality to match, Angie’s career has allowed her to fulfil her itch to create.

‘‘I currently work with stringing beading, bead weaving and polymer clay,’’ Angie said.

‘‘There are so many options when it comes to beading; I think that is why I’m still not bored after all this time.’’

Angie sources her beads from different suppliers across the world, meaning she always has an extensive supply. Having the only store of its kind in the Goulburn Valley, Angie is determined to keep doing what she loves for many years to come.

‘‘Beading offers people a sense of accomplishment, especially when people can say, ‘wow, I made that’,’’ Angie said.

‘‘It has given some shy people with really low selfesteem an extra layer to their personality.’’

● People can visit Angie Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm or head to the Facebook page Chicky Babe’s Jewellery & Beads to find out more.