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Bead Fest Philadelphia 2017

Many of you have been asking about our big return to Philadelphia, and we are thrilled to announce that the new website—along with the workshop lineup—officially launches tomorrow!

You’ve been waiting a long time for this information to surface, and we couldn’t stand the thought of making you wait another 24 hours to preview the best of Bead Fest Philadelphia’s workshop and instructor lineup. That’s why we’re giving you an exclusive first look at some of our Philly favorites! Bead Fest Philadelphia is known for bringing out the jewelry arts industry’s top names, and this year is no exception. Remember—this is Bead Fest’s ONLY Philadelphia event in 2017, so mark your calendars and get ready for registration to open on April 19!

In addition to the fan-favorite instructors joining us this year, we have a lineup of fresh faces, too! Stay tuned for a special post introducing them and their highly anticipated workshops.

Get a taste of the workshop magic coming to Bead Fest Philadelphia!

Roxan O’Brien

About Roxan: Roxan is a self-taught bead artist who has a background in oil painting, silversmithing, enameling, chasing and repousee with over 25 years of experience in the jewelry field. She is the first bead embroider to reach juried status from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. She sells her work in galleries and art and craft shows throughout the east coast. She teaches both beading and metal jewelry classes in the U.S.

Sunlight-Midnight Pendant

You don’t have to be a drawing master to add color and design to your own pendant. Learn how to create a sunburst or starburst design the fun and easy way using colored pencil. You’ll also learn how to texture, stamp, engrave, prepare and color your piece. If you’ve been wanting to release your inner artist, this workshop is for you!

Jean Van Brederode

About Jean: “Art has always been a part of my life in one way or another and now it is my main passion and driving force.  I feel fortunate to have found an art form, enameling, and also making mixed-media jewelry, that brings excitement into my life each and every day.  My work is always changing, always a surprise! Having been seduced, empowered, enriched, & invigorated by metals & glass, I happily dedicate myself to creating and teaching others the joys of enameling!” —Jean Van Brederode

Made from Scratch – Enameled Panel Necklace

Discover a combination of enameling techniques, including basic torch fire enameling, how to work with basic 80 mesh enamel, liquid enamel, sgraffito (scratching patterns in enamel), wet packing, and necklace assemblage skills. This gorgeous necklace is customizable to fit your individual style!

Staci Smith

About Staci: Staci Smith creates her one-of-a-kind beads and jewelry in many mediums, such as polymer and metal clay.  She loves to collect unique rock, sea glass and shells, and use them in her mixed media pieces.

Painting on Polymer Clay

If you love incorporating beautiful stones into your jewelry art, you’ll love learning how to make your own using polymer clay! This workshop will teach you how to customize your handcrafted “stone” and how to achieve an aged look using Inca Gold, alcohol inks and acrylic. The final product is a rustic, shimmering piece incorporating your customized stone, beads and leather.

Agnieszka Watts

About Agnieszka: Agnieszka Watts is from Northern Europe and she is a beadwork designer and teacher.  She started being interested in seed bead jewelry about 3 years ago and since that time she has been published in professional magazines around the world. She is in 2014-15 and 2015-16 Starman Trendsetters team. She lives in Illinois with her husband and they have three daughters.

Etruscan Lace Bracelet

Connect shaped glass beads, lustrous fire polished rounds and new demi seed beads to create this delicate and elegant piece. Your bracelet will wrap gently around your wrist sparkling with a mysterious glow. This workshop will focus on becoming more familiar with new demi-round seed beads, how and when use them in bead-centric projects.

Scott Mason

About Scott: Scott lives in Massachusetts and works full-time as a paralegal in a Boston law firm.  He also co-owns a bead store, Pflora Beads, in Canton, Massachusetts, where he explores his passion for jewelry artistry in all its techniques.  In addition to developing his art, Scott teaches jewelry making and shares his love of the craft with hundreds of students every year.

Fabulous Finger Weaving

If you’ve been dreaming of learning how to introduce finger weaving into your jewelry art, this is the workshop you’ve been waiting for! In this workshop, you will learn finger weaving with wire to create a stunning bracelet. No drawplates needed here! You will braid an amazing bracelet with no special equipment – just your fingers, some wire and a few common jewelry tools.

Francie Broadie

About Francie: Francie is well-versed in bead weaving and glass fusing, having studied with multiple teachers over the last 16 years. Seed beads are Francie’s favorite, but she will bead with anything. Her goal in life is to cram as much beady info into her brain as possible.   She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Indianapolis.  In her spare time she knits, sews, paints, and dabbles in photography.

It’s a Wrap Pendant

Explore the endless possibilities of bead embroidery in this marvelous workshop! Join Francie for a fun and energetic workshop focusing on the magic of marine vinyl–a marvelous base for bead embroidery. This fun and funky pendant uses both sides of a flat surface, providing the beader with multiple design opportunities.

Phyllis Martin-Rennie

About Phyllis: “Color,  stitching , & metal arts are a big part of my personal universe along with my family & dogs. The ‘Ah Haa’ moment my students get is just like adding hot fudge on ice cream to me.” –Phyllis Martin-Rennie

Rope ‘Em

Weave crystals, pearls and bead caps to easily create your beaded beads! Learn to make the perfect eye pins to embellish two chains with your beaded beads and more jewels to complete this rope. This piece will surely turn heads and induce countless compliments each time you wear it! Plus, you’ll learn how to make sure your lariat necklace stays in place and does not come undone, along with other need-to-know techniques!

And then there’s the shopping…

We can’t make the trek to our Philadelphia home without bringing you an outstanding Expo! This is your chance to shop more artisans and exhibitors than anywhere else on the East Coast in 2017, and you better believe there will be beads, gemstones, tools, materials, finished pieces and more from every corner of the globe!

While you’re getting your shop on, make sure you check out the demos and Make & Takes happening right before your eyes. This is why the Expo is much more than a place to shop. It’s a place for discovery, learning, inspiration and finding the one-of-a-kind products that will make you jump up and down with excitement. The best part? It’s all under the same roof as your workshops!

Artisan & Exhibitor Spotlight:

Golem Design Studio | Learn more

Fun Fact: Their products are made in their Bulgaria-based studio!

“High Quality Handmade Ceramic Beads, Pendants and Cabochons since 2000.”

Leonardo Lampwork | Learn more

Fun Fact: Leonardo Lampwork is local to the Philly area!

“Being self-taught, I am always discovering new techniques and making new beads, so there is always something new here.” —Karen Leonardo

We’ll see you in Philadelphia, Bead Fest Fans!

Whether you’re from the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, you can’t miss Bead Fest Philadelphia! There’s a reason why it’s been coined the jewelry arts experience that goes beyond beads. It’s truly a jewelry-lover’s paradise, and it offers inspirational fun for the entire family. Cruise through our brand-new website tomorrow and tell all of your creative friends, too!

Remember, workshop registration opens April 19, so go ahead and pick your favorite workshops, and grab your seat fast–this event is known for sold out workshops!

It’s always a joy for us to return to Philadelphia. We can’t wait to see all of our friends–both familiar and new. Mark your calendars for August 16 – 20!







11 thoughts on “Bead Fest Philadelphia 2017

    1. Doris–Workshops will continue to be added to the schedule as the event date approaches. Keeping checking back!

  1. Just looked at the workshop preview. So excited. Will you be adding classes at a later date, or is this the final list? Can’t wait.

    1. Hi Judy! This is not the final list — workshops will continue to be added to the schedule as the event date approaches. Keeping checking back for updates!

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