Kids Crochet @The Mermaid Art Studio

Back by popular demand- crochet class for kids! Beginners and all other levels welcome. Come be inspired! Learn new stitches or work with non-traditional materials such as PLARN (plastic yarn made from upcycled plastic bags) or wire. Stitch up one of our famous Squid Scarves, a pom pom headband, texting mittens or create your own design. Endless possibilities!

All materials included; if you have a crochet needle or yarn, feel free to bring it with you.

2 sessions: Fri. Jan 24 and Fri. Jan 31. Sign up for one or both! $25 per class; or buy  for $125 and get 1 free.

Register here:

This class is open to kids ages 8-14. Space is limited; we recommend you call, email or sign up online to save your spot.


Sun Dec 8 & 15: The Mermaid Art Studio Holiday Pop Up Market

finalholidayShop Beach Girls Purls Sunday Dec 8 & 15 at
The Mermaid Art Studio Holiday Pop Up Market

Come support local artists and craft vendors and find one-of-a-kind unique holiday gifts. When you shop local, your $pending power stays local. Thanks for supporting your creative community!

The Mermaid Art Studio
891b W. Beech Street, in the West End.
Across from Paninis & Bikinis, in between The Dough Hut and Rose & Eye.

Drop in knitting and crochet at The Mermaid Art Studio

halfmoonshawlbrownbluetrim5Beach Girls Purls and the Mermaids are hosting a knitting/crochet circle! Open to all levels: beginners, beginner+, intermediate and advanced. Bring your WIP (work in progress), a cup of tea, and spend a little time chatting and stitching in the company of like-minded fiber folks. If you need a refresher on how to cast on, bind off, or the difference between a HDC and DC, come on by. Now is a great time to start your holiday projects!

Wednesdays from 7-9pm. $20/session. Open to adults and serious teens. Register in advance or just drop in.

Learn more and register online.

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Sun Oct 20 – Jones Beach Fall Wildlife Festival

Shop Beach Girls Purls at lovely and historic Jones Beach this Sunday, October 20!

We’re joining a bevy of other local green/organic/handmade artisans at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center for a day of fun and education.

Eco-friendly art, food, animals and activites for the whole family. 11am-4pm.

p.s.– the festival is both Sat. and Sun. but BGP will only be there on Sun. Thanks for supporting our State Parks!

Oct 12 & 13 – Long Beach Fall Festival!

mossxlfittens7Beach Girls Purls will be back on the Plaza Oct 12 & 13 for the Long Beach Fall Festival. Pony rides, puppet shows, pumpkins & wine, oh my!

We’ll be stocked with all things warm and snuggly–hats, scarves/cowls, fingerless mittens, ponchos, hand spun yarn and more. Check out our Etsy shop for previews.

It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gifts–ask us about custom orders!

Shop local! Knit, stitched and spun in 11561.

Learn to Knit and Crochet at The Mermaid Art Studio

mermaidartstudiologo2aAnnouncing the launch of The Mermaid Art Studio in Long Beach’s West End! Starting Monday Sept. 23, we’ll be open for business with classes and workshops for kids, teens and adults in painting, drawing, mixed media, knitting, crochet, bookbinding, upcycled projects and more!

For all the folks who’ve asked about lessons or general help with a pattern, this is the place! We’re planning group classes as well as one-on-one sessions, and eventually drop-in sessions (probably in the winter) where you can come hang with like-minded fiber fans.

Visit us at or on Facebook.

Some New Slouchy Cindy Hats

This pattern is named after my running partner but she is not slouchy or slacky at all.

These hats are fab for cool mornings and fall afternoons. Inside when it’s a wee bit chilly. Roll out of bed stylish, run to the bus stop, misty day in Scotland hat.

Not yet on Etsy. $35 each. 100% synthetic. Machine wash/dry OK.

Shop Arts in the Plaza Sat Aug 24, 2013

Traditional Irish Fisherman Knit Blanket. Baby or Lap Blanket

Beach Girls Purls will be back at Arts in the Plaza this Saturday August 24. Stop on by, say hi, we’ll be in front of City Hall with the Farmers Market from 10am-4pm.  Check out our cool cotton summer shrugs, hats, throw rugs, yarn and more, for sale online and in person. We’ll have some new markdowns and sale items, too.

The Mermaids Are Coming To The West End of Long Beach

emptystudiofrontLong Beach artists Denise Collins and Laura Bykowski, founders of the original Mermaid Art Studio, plan to relocate to a new home in the heart of the West End as part of Long Beach’s post-Sandy recovery. Bruised but not broken…rebuilding Long Beach one paint stroke at a time!

The Mermaid Art Studio will be a community-focused Center for the Arts.  The studio will offer after-school classes for elementary school aged children, tweens and teens, in addition to adult classes and workshops in Printmaking, Book Binding, Painting, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Weaving, Recycled Art, Papier-mâché, and much more.

mermaidsdeniselauraOpen studio hours will be offered during the day as well as on Fridays for Teen Night. Birthday Parties, Ladies Nights and First Friday events are part of the studio’s programs.

Help us make our dreams a reality by contributing to our fundraising campaign.

“Like” The Mermaid Art Studio on Facebook for news and updates, including our grand opening in September, as well as upcoming classes and workshops:

New Yarn! Make Your Own Masterpiece! Hat, Scarf, Cowl…

seagrass4Me n Sue have been spinning a lot– separately but together, in terms of inspiring each other and using the same types of fiber. We’ve got a lot of new art yarns and patterns for knitters– check us out this summer at Arts in the Plaza, at our online Etsy store and on Facebook. Let us know what you like to knit.


We know it’s hot, but if you’ve been thinking about custom project, let’s chat! We’ve got time and materials for a truly original creation. beachgirlspurls [at] gmail [dot] com or


Sept 29, 2012- Support Rescue Ink & Adopt a Dog or Cat

Did you know Rescue Ink runs Long Beach’s no kill animal shelter? Do you need a furry friend in your life? Come down to the Long Beach Farmers Market/Arts in the Plaza on Sat Sept 29 for Rescue Ink’s Adopt-A-Thon! Cats and dogs are waiting for their forever homes.

Anyone adopting a dog or cat from this event on Sept 29 can come by the Beach Girls Purls booth and pick out a felted pet collar, feathery cat toy or knitted squeaky poop for FREE (while supplies last). We love the animals!

You can also make a financial contribution or donate a needed item.

Aug 25 & 26 Arts & Crafts Fair on the Boardwalk

Shop Beach Girls Purls this weekend Aug 25 & 26 at the Long Beach Arts & Crafts Fair on the boardwalk!
We’ll have hats, cowls & scarves, felted bags, hand spun yarn, cool summer knits, as well as fingerless mittens, ponchos & other warm things for winter. Plus felted collars & toys for the puppies & kitties.

“Like” us on Facebook for news & updates, including where we’ll be on the boardwalk this weekend! (they don’t tell us ’til 6am Saturday morning.)

Check out our Etsy store for previews but make sure to visit us this weekend for new and exclusive items not yet online!

Raindate- Aug 19 – Forgotten Friends fundraiser

Because of the rain today, this event will be held on Sun Aug 19.

Join us at Garden of Eve Organic Farm on Sun Aug 19! Shop Beach Girls Purls and other local artisans  & craftsmen and you will be raising money to help puppies and kitties in shelters find their forever homes.

Fun for the family: food, music, belly dancing, raffles and pet adoptions.

Sun Aug 19, 10am-5pm.

Learn more on Facebook.

Happy Birthday Sandisfield!

Join us in celebrating the 250th anniversary of Sandisfield, MA.

Stop by our booth at the country fair on July 28 & 29. There’ll be crafts, food, music and more, including a historical militia reenactment, a cemetery walking tour and old fashioned fun for the kids, like sack races and a pie eating contest. Or you can hike the Clam River with the Berkshires Natural Resources Council.

Learn more on Facebook or read about the event in the Sandisfield Times.