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Gypsy Arts Beading Studio is a beader’s haven - Cheryl DePover is beading instructor

March 26, 2014

Cheryl DePover (left) and Susan Middagh stand among the many beading choices that are available to customers at Gypsy Arts Beading Studio.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
Cheryl DePover (left) and Susan Middagh stand among the many beading choices that are available to customers at Gypsy Arts Beading Studio.
By Norma Dittman
Gypsy Arts Beading Studio is a beader’s haven located at 29543 270th Street, Worthington, MN. Owner, Susan Middagh, began the business one year ago to “encourage people to learn to bead.” The Studio’s instructor is Fulda’s Cheryl DePover. Gypsy Arts Beading Studio features wholesale beads and handmade jewelry.

“I met Cheryl through a mutual friend. My sister-in-law, Renee’, and I operated the former The Gallery which was a gem stone and fine jewelry store. Renee’ wanted to retire, so we closed The Gallery for one year before we opened the Gypsy Arts Beading Studio,” Middagh stated.

She said, “It’s been a horrible winter for a business located out in the country. You just never knew when it was going to snow and/or blow and cause difficulties for our customers. We have a client list of over 850 people all over the United States. That list grew just from word of mouth.”

When Middagh and DePover met, they realized that they had a common interest in gem stones, semi-precious stones, beading and fine jewelry. “Seeing Cheryl’s work, I thought ‘I should open a beading store so Cheryl can have a consistent place to sell her jewelry and where others who were interested could come and design and make their own jewelry,” Middagh shared.

DePover has been beading for the past nine years and has sold her jewelry at many shows throughout the midwest. She also is a ceramic artist and shows her work at many shows throughout the year.

“When a client comes to Gypsy Arts Beading Studio, we look at what they are wearing. It tells us a lot about their style-choices and what colors appeal to them,” DePover said. “From there we can make suggestions about what beads and other items that they would need to create their own piece of jewelry. Or, they can always choose the items and then have us make it for them. There are a large number of pattern books that we have available to our clients.”

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