The 2014 Bead&Button Show is over and I'm back in the office getting caught up. But before the Show becomes a distant memory, I want to share a few highlights.
From Master Classes to technique fundamentals to Moonlight Sonatas, there are classes for everyone during the Show. I took Paulette Baron's "Spike Me!" class, and it was a hoot. I'm not quite done with my bracelet yet, as you can see, but I'm close!
The Bead and Jewelry Marketplace is so wonderful. With more than 300 vendors, each selling delicious beads, buttons, and baubles or the latest tools or storage units, you can't go far without seeing something you "need."
And not only is there lots to buy, but the vendors are always willing to demonstrate new products or show you how something works. We saw demos on using the new Earwire tool from Bead Buddy, the new knotting tool from Beadalon, and lampworking from Extreme Oxygen.
Handmade goods are plentiful, like this amazing articulated shibuichi half crayfish/half catfish pendant by Bob Burkett, Jodie McDougall's lampworked Little Red & Wolf buttons, some lovely enameled metal findings by Gardanne, and lampwork beads by Cynthia McEwen, Unicorne Beads, and Wendy Bergamin.
As a Wisconsin girl, I really couldn't resist this double-sided charm from Two Charming Chix:
The special events at the Show are always well attended, too. Meet the Teachers is a staple for a lot of attendees. My favorites are Lampworking Madness . . .
. . . and the Bead Social. This year at the Social, we had cake, both a silent and a live auction (the proceeds of which will be donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin for breast cancer research), and a recongnition ceremony for our fabulous BeadDreams artists.
There's lots more that goes on at the Show, but perhaps the best thing is seeing all the smiling faces of friends new and old! It's a wonderful time, and if you weren't there this year, I hope you'll be able to make it sometime in the future!