Bead Fest Fall

Event Wrap Up


Happy Tuesday Bead Fest fans! We’re wishing you all a festive, fun and safe Halloween week! Have you created any cute/creepy DIY decorations, recipes, or jewelry art projects inspired by Halloween? If so, post those pictures and tag us! We are always inspired by your creations.

As promised, we are here to fill you in on all of the excitement and wonderful moments that happened at Bead Fest Fall. We are so appreciative of everyone who joined us, and even though Tacoma experienced a surprise storm, the power of creativity reigned supreme, and we all had a great time!

Here are some kind words from our awesome Bead Fest Fall attendees!

“I loved the whole thing! Lots of classes, lots to learn, many options. I loved being able to finish my projects in class, to have other options shown, to be able to make these on my own after the workshops.” –Bead Fest Fall Attendee

“I left the event so inspired to create again! My father died a year ago and I just lost my interest in making anything. The first booth I visited was Lisa Kan’s. She spent about 20 minutes teaching me a variety of uses for things and I walked away so excited to get back into the game!” –Bead Fest Fall Attendee

“I really loved having an event that I didn’t have to travel a huge distance for. I find that if I can afford to travel I can’t afford classes and that’s what I mainly go for. I love seeing all the handmade pieces people are selling, that I might not find on my own.. But for me really it’s about affordable classes, close enough I can get to it.” –Bead Fest Fall Attendee

“Enjoyed the classes…learning new techniques….and getting my husband started with jewelry making. We already make quilts together and it will be nice to play with metal together.” –Bead Fest Fall Attendee

Your Bead Fest Fall feedback left us speechless! We are absolutely honored to provide creative minds, like yours, with new inspiration, educational workshops that work with your budget, the ability to learn with your loved ones and a great time! We were also ecstatic to be in the company of Interweave’s talented and inspirational Editorial Team, including the lovely Debbie Blair, editor of Beadwork magazine.

Debbie was kind enough to share her top 11 moments from Bead Fest Fall, along with some incredible images from the event! Keep scrolling to read up on her Bead Fest Fall favorites!

1. Where else can you see cabochons made from billiard balls, vintage lunchboxes, and bowling balls other than Gary B. Wilson’s booth at Bead Fest!


2. Lisa Kan displayed over 700 gorgeous Czech glass buttons, many vintage; a dying art form in the Czech Republic.


3. Craft Optics (whose background is in dentistry and surgery!) offers customized lenses for those of us with glasses—they place your prescription into their frames and add the lit magnifiers. Uses for them have expanded beyond beading—now used in fly tying, engraving guns, quilting, etc.

4. Gary B. Wilson’s other crazy-cool creation? Cabochons called “Ford-ite”—made from layers of overspray of auto paint from the Ford factories!


5. At the Jewelry Tools booth, well-known jewelry artist Euginia Chan is petite but mighty and gives a heck of a demonstration on torch fired enameling using stencils to create beautiful layered designs!


6. Tammy Honaman is literally the jack-of-all-trades, and here she is rocking the “packaging tape transfers” demo with resin!


7. Shipwreck Beads—even in their small booth at Tacoma, they brought along 400 colors of Czech seed beads!


8. Mary Hettmansperger’s students had such a fun time banging the crap out of their metal and learning to create beautiful patinas!


9. Small class sizes offered such individualized instructor attention! I chatted with many of the students and instructors and all seemed very focused (and a bit too serious!) but having a great time!

10. Attendees had the chance to win one of two amazing swag bags (sponsored by Interweave/F+W and many of our fabulous vendors)—the Grand Prize Winner was SO excited, being a brand-new beader and all!


11. It’s always fun catching up with Candie Cooper and seeing what clever things she’s cooking up for the bead world!


Debbie, along with the rest of us, couldn’t get enough of this gorgeous scenery. We didn’t even have to leave the venue for this view!


A few more of our favorite moments from Bead Fest Fall!

Our view from the Expo–hello Mt. Rainier!


Interweave Bead Fest giveaway prizes.


Eva Sherman leading her Simple Rings workshop.



A student creating earrings in one of Marti Brown’s workshops.


Beautiful pieces from Mountain Robbins Art Studio in the Artisan Alley.


Once again, thank you to each of our wonderful jewelry artists who celebrated Bead Fest Fall with us, and to everyone cheering us on from home. We had a splendid time meeting each of you, and we hope to see you at our 2017 events! Stay tuned for lots of details about Bead Fest Santa Fe–it will be here before you know it!

Here’s where Bead Fest is traveling next! 
• Bead Fest Santa Fe: March 23-26, 2017—Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Bead Fest Philadelphia: August 16-20, 2017—Oaks, Pennsylvania










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