Posted by Melissa Banks on November 29, 2017

I'm super busy getting ready for my local Chicago holiday events while making & shipping online orders!  If you've ordered online, here are some important reminders:

1.  First of all, thank you!  I really appreciate your continued support!
2.  All of my jewelry is handmade - by me!  I am a one-woman show here at Rapt in Maille, so I am designing, making, shipping, promoting, posting to social media, managing studio tasks - and everything else that comes with owning a business.  I pride myself on quality work in a timely manner, so please keep in mind that I am working really hard to get you your order, but considering the above, it takes longer than the big-box stores for me to get your order out (but not too much!)
3.  After ordering, you will immediately get an order confirmation.  The next time you will hear from me is when I create your shipping label, when my website automatically sends you your shipping confirmation with tracking number.
4.  If you need your order by a specific deadline that is before Christmas, I am happy to make that happen if I can - just stay in touch!  The best way to communicate with me is by email, since my studio hours are not regular and can be erratic. 

If you are local to Chicago, I hope to see you in person at one of my holiday events!  Thanks again, and Happiest of Holidays!

December 7-10
One of a Kind Show and Sale
Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL

December 16-17
Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up
Bell School
Chicago, IL

December 21-23
8th Annual Rapt in Maille Holiday Open Studio
Rapt in Maille Studio
Chicago, IL

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Posted by Melissa Banks on November 21, 2017

Cyber Monday is coming up, so here's the deal!  

Get 15% off sitewide with promo code CYBER17 - midnight to midnight on Monday, November 27th.  Discount is for any items available for purchase on my website, which does not include special orders or offline orders.  Discount will only apply if you enter the promo code upon checkout - don't forget!

I've been updating my website and will continue to do so as the holidays approach.  I've created a new collection where you can see all of my newest designs.

Also - don't forget about my holiday events if you're local to Chicago!  

December 7-10
One of a Kind Show and Sale
Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL

December 16-17
Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up
Bell School
Chicago, IL

December 21-23
8th Annual Rapt in Maille Holiday Open Studio
Rapt in Maille Studio
Chicago, IL


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JULY SHOWS! St. Joseph & Ann Arbor

Posted by Melissa Banks on July 05, 2017

Hey fans, July is one of my favorite months for art fairs!  I love both of the shows I am doing this year, they have become a July tradition.  I also love that I only have 2 shows this month, which allows me more time to stock up.

This weekend I'm traveling to St. Joseph, MI for the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff.  This show is so beautiful and relaxing to do, though I'm usually very busy with sales (great!)  It runs along Lake Boulevard, on the bluff of Lake Michigan.  The beach here is large and beautiful, with a water fountain sculpture park, and indoor carousel, and more.  I love to go down to the beach on Friday evening after I set up my booth and watch the sun set.

Hours for the show are 10-6 on Saturday, and 10-5 on Sunday.  My booth is back near my usual spot, right across from the stairway down to the beach.  It's a roomy corner spot, which is always nice.


My second show of July is the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair - I will be participating in the State Street Area section as usual.  This show is long, hot and grueling for the artists, but I love visiting Ann Arbor and seeing my customers, so it's all worth it.  The show has had to move my booth location around the past couple years due to layout logistics, and it looks like this year I'll be right outside of the Michigan Theater on Liberty.  Great for getting some breaks for air conditioning!

Show dates & hours for Ann Arbor this year are:

July 20-23
Thursday - Saturday, 10am-9pm
Sunday Noon-6pm

See you out on the road!

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IMPORTANT HOLIDAY INFO: Open Studio & last day to order for X-mas

Posted by Melissa Banks on December 13, 2016

I'm excited for my last event of 2016! For the 7th year in a row, I will have my jewelry studio open to the public to shop for last minute gifts. I'll be giving away a FREE pair of earrings with every purchase of $50 or more (while supplies last), and will be offering hot chocolate and mimosas to help battle this cold weather!

If you are planning on picking up a specific piece of jewelry, please feel free to email me to make sure I have it in stock. Some things are sold out the closer we are getting to Christmas!

Also: LAST DAY TO ORDER ONLINE FOR TIMELY CHRISTMAS DELIVERY is MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th.  I can take orders after the 19th, but you may want to email me first to discuss whether it can get to you in time, and you can always make an appointment to stop by the studio.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Rapt in Maille 7th Annual Holiday Open Studio
Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18
11am - 4pm both days
5215 N. Ravenswood Ave. #204, Chicago, IL 60640

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Posted by Melissa Banks on November 29, 2016

I had a great Cyber Monday - thank you SO much to everyone who placed orders! I will do my very best to get orders out as soon as I can, after the upcoming One of a Kind Show. I should be back in my studio on Dec 6th to start getting items made that I don't have in stock. I hope to have everything shipped out by Dec 15th or sooner. Thank you so much for your patience. If you need your order sooner than this, please send me an email to let me know. (

Thanks again, and I can't wait to see my Chicago area customers for One of a Kind!  Email me if you don't yet have the link to print out free passes.  See ya!

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Posted by Melissa Banks on November 24, 2016

I've been working hard to get the basic items from the CAGED Collection ready for the website this weekend. I'm really excited to finally get these online for the holidays! The CAGED Collection includes elements I create on my micro-welder that capture or "cage" 8mm Swarovski crystal rivolis. Stay tuned for the big launch.....

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Posted by Melissa Banks on November 25, 2015

It's a sale!  Starting Thanksgiving evening at midnight, I'll post a SALE COLLECTION that will be 15% OFF if you use promo code THANKFUL when checking out.  Don't forget to enter the code!  Quantities on some designs are limited (some I only have ONE of) - so shop early!

You can also get a FREE pair of earrings included in your package if you are one of the first 15 people to place an order.  See, early is best!

Due to the huge One of a Kind Show December 3-6, orders may not start shipping until December 8th.  Please contact me if you need your order to ship sooner than that and I'll do what I can!

Here's a sneak peek of some designs that will be included in the sale.  Happy Thanksgiving...and Happy Shopping!



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Product update + Thanksgiving weekend sale!

Posted by Melissa Banks on November 28, 2014

Nearly 70 new jewelry designs are NOW LIVE, including 2 new collections: The STRUCTURE Collection and The GOTHIC Collection.  You can also see what items from other collections are new by viewing the entire FALL/WINTER 2014 Collection.  It has been a huge project, taking up most of my time for the past couple months, so I'm really excited to see what people think!

ALSO - I have put together a THANKSGIVING SALE Collection, which will be 15% off until midnight this Monday, December 1st.  You must use promo code THANKS14 when checking out in order to receive the discount, so don't forget!

Due to the One of a Kind Show here in Chicago, shipping times on orders placed this weekend may be slightly delayed.  If you need your order for an occasion sooner than Christmas, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.  Otherwise, orders placed before WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17th will arrive in time for Christmas.

~ Melissa

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HUGE product update coming in November!

Posted by Melissa Banks on October 20, 2014

My big project for "in between seasons" time will be getting a slew of photos edited, retouched, sized, and uploaded for a huge product update in November.  There will be roughly SEVENTY-FIVE new designs launched on the website, just in time for holiday shopping, including 2 whole new collections.  To make room, some items will also be discontinued and reassigned to "vintage" Rapt in Maille status.  If you've got your eye on something now, please make a note in case it disappears!  I can most likely still make it for you upon request.

I'm working hard on the update, but I still don't have an exact date for the big reveal.  Stay tuned and keep in touch on Facebook for the latest updates!  And a huge thanks to Audrey Keller Photography for the beautiful pictures, and my lovely model, Neda Stevic.


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Chicago Art Girls are gearing up for another fun Spring Pop-Up Shop!

Posted by Melissa Banks on April 23, 2014

We're back for our 3rd Spring Pop-Up event, and our 5th show to date!  I've been a part of this amazing group of Chicago area women for many years, and we decided a few years back to take matters into our own hands and organize our own art shows twice a year.  We officially incorporated at the beginning of this year, and we're now functioning as an Illinois Not-For-Profit.  I also happen to be on our first Board of Directors, so I helped in writing our group's by-laws, organizing committees, and getting processes in place to move forward.

This undertaking has been a huge learning process, a huge commitment, and an exciting addition to Rapt in Maille.  The energy surrounding our group continues, and we hope you can make our one-day Pop-up!  I will be exhibiting at the Spring Show, along with 24 of our other members, and 12 guest artists.  This is the day before Mother's Day, so a perfect time to spend a nice afternoon of shopping with Mom, and to pick out a special, unique gift for her.  Artwork for sale will include a wide selection of one-of-a-kind, handmade goods, including jewelry, clothing and t-shirts for adults and kids, bags and purses, stationery and paper products, housewares, ceramics, glass and enamelware, fiber work and felted knitwear, photography, paintings, eco-friendly wood accessories and artisan chocolates.

Here is a list of our artists for this spring:

Rapt in Maille; Deana Rose Handmade Jewelry; Kiku Handmade; Nancy Gardner Ceramics; Marstinia Enamel Designs; Eva May; Sara Lenart Jewelry Design; Hooey Batiks;  Anne Leuck Feldhaus;  Red-Belly; Sharon J Sears; Daisy Bags; Ladysmith Jewelry Studio; Felt Inspired; Weener Ware; (wired) jewelry; Staci Sterenberg; Megan Lee Designs; Jewelry by Venus; Stylish Girl; Sue Rosengard; Circa Ceramics; Veronica Riley Martens; Anastasia Mak; Judy Zeddies; Molly Cranch; Katherine Anne Confections;  Four Eyes Handmade; Sam & Coop; Cory McCrory; Melissa Z. Monroe;  Robin Rios; Felice Hutchings; Alison Fox; Flam Bo Candles; Julija Lubgane

Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and join our Facebook Event Page!

The details:

One day only - Saturday, May 10th from 11am-5pm


4011 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL

FREE admission, FREE street parking

CTA Accessible:  Close to Irving Park Brown Line, Ashland Bus

Metra Accessible: Ravenswood Station

Bike Friendly: Ample bike racks


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