Favorite Bead Shops: M & J Trimming

Some of the fabulous metal sequins, buttons and trims I bought in New York City!

While M & J Trimming isn't technically a bead shop, for anyone who loves to create beaded jewelry and accessories of all kinds, this is the place to go!

I'd heard from a couple of fellow beaders about this amazing shop, and so on my recent bead shopping trip to New York City we decided to make one last "quick" stop into M & J Trimming before catching our train back to New Jersey. Boy, am I glad we did!

The first thing that completely overwhelmed me was the walls – yes, full walls! – of buttons in every shape, size, color, and style that you can imagine. After browsing those buttons for a few minutes, I chose two metallic toggles roughly the shape and size of deer antler pieces. These will make perfect toggle closures for some of my edgier necklace and bracelet designs, and I can't wait to use them.

Then, just as I was deciding what to look at next, my awesome friend came up to me and said, "You've got to see these metal sequins." Since I had just spent a small fortune on other types and shapes of sequins at another bead shop, I knew I had to take a look. Sure enough, these weren't just metallic sequins – they were actual pieces of thin sheet metal that had been cut and punched with a single hole in the center. I picked out two colors of the freeform heart-shaped sequins and a bag of yummy round copper sequins.

Finally, I went over to the laces, edgings, and trims. Immediately, this gorgeous gold metallic figure-eight trim jumped out at me, and I had a vision of a beaded necklace with this incorporated into the stitching. One yard to go, please!

What I didn't have the time (or energy) to explore were the countless Swarovski edgings, flat backs, and iron-on embellishments. For anyone who loves to add some sparkle, this would be the place to find some absolutely wonderful bling.

If you're the type of person who likes to experiment with your beadwork in adding different kinds of embellishments and incorporating unusual materials, M & J Trimming is the place for you!

You can find M & J Trimming at 1006 Sixth Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets in Manhattan.

Bead Happy,



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