There is a lot to be said for that moment when you learn a stitch and feel “eureka!” Whether you learn it from a book, a friend, or an online course, you feel such gratification when you finally “get it!” Now, picture yourself at a bead show, surrounded by like-minded people when you exclaim “Aha!” out loud. There are cheers, applause, and confetti falling from the ceiling. That would be pretty sweet, right? Well — this is exactly what you’ll find at a Bead Fest event (minus the confetti, but add in lots of other cool stuff).
Learning a new bead weaving stitch is a wonderful thing. Using the stitch to create a beautiful finished design brings a whole other layer of satisfaction. It can also be intimidating to the point you find you’re afraid to start. Well, let one of our expert faculty members guide you along on one of their designs so you can feel that satisfaction and have a beautiful design to wear home.
To follow are just a few teachers that we know will get you to that next level and only a sampling of what they have to offer. Oh, and these designs are chock full of sparkle which makes them extra perfect!
Faux Marcasite Bracelet
Using a combination of different sizes and shapes of seed beads and the newer Demi beads, this bracelet is delicate in nature and very lightweight. Stitch a dual-layered focal point with a Rose Montee and Swarovski crystal rounds, connecting half-loops to the focal for the bracelet band.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
These simple but elegant earrings remind me of the earrings of the glamour girls of the past and the jewelry they wore — Sophia Loren, Joan Crawford, to name a few. These earrings feature chatons and a pear-shaped fancy stone. You have the option of utilizing several options for earring findings, including an ear-wire or a post, so these are perfect just for you (or as a gift for someone special).
Create a sparkly multi-look bracelet with great versatility. Combine a Swarovski *galuchat, crystals, and seed beads to obtain different looks. Wear it to highlight the sparkle or a chain look. Can’t decide? Just wear it down the middle to show it all. Learn how to connect parts and components in a way that adds to the intrigue of the piece. A hidden clasp is also a highlight of this bracelet, giving it more wearing options.
* “Fascinating yet discreet, Crystal Galuchat’s subdued sparkle is inspired by the otherworldly, sandpaper-like skin of the stingray. It reconnects us with our sense of touch while offering a glimpse of mystery and ethereal magic.” – Swarovski-professional.com
This necklace showcases the classic quatrefoil or clover shape. The clover shape is used everywhere in jewelry, architecture, and all types of designs. To some it means good luck (four-leaf clover) or harmony. This elegant necklace will be sure to bring you compliments and good luck as well as amp up your bead weaving and CRAW skills.
Earth & Sea Kumihimo Graudating Necklace
Graduating bead sizes has never been easier. Learn how to use a center cord to support beads and prevent collapse in kumihimo. Learn “pattern coding” to easily apply and choose patterns by bead type/size. The goal of this class is to teach you how to begin creating your own graduating kumihimo bead patterns using your own beads
Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet
The Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet is your little slice of the “Heavenly Kingdom!” It features mixed elements of silk cords and seed beads. This unique design is easy to create and even more fun to wear! Learn how to make the basic 8 cord kongo gumi spiral braid, including how to use the necessary equipment. Each student will also learn how to determine bead gauge to determine bracelet length as well as proper braiding tension.
Lacy Navette & Rhinestone Bracelet
Create maximum sparkle with gorgeous navettes, rhinestone montee beads, and Japanese chain maille techniques. You will learn how to mount rhinestones onto jump rings in a variety of formations. Then, use very basic chain maille techniques to link all rhinestone components together in a lacy pattern. This bracelet is an amazing statement piece that will dazzle the eye with color and glitz.
Be sure to visit BeadFest.com for complete information on the above and all other workshop listings — there really is something for everyone. And stay tuned as there will be other announcements on what more Bead Fest holds in store for you!
See you at the show!
Editor, Beadwork magazine and sparkle girl at heart