Make the most of your Bead Fest Philadelphia experience

Philly, Here We Come!

Heat Patinas with Tammy Jones | Interweave Demos
Before we dig into today’s post, let’s all take a moment to soak in the fact that Bead Fest Philadelphia starts TOMORROW! Our bags are nearly packed, everything is in place, and all that’s left to do is arrive at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and enjoy 5 whole days crammed with inspiration.

Whether you’re joining us for the first time, or have attended every Bead Fest, we’re beyond happy to have you here. Before you arrive, here are a few tips and bits of information that will help make your experience remarkable!

First, let’s answer a few questions you may have…

Q: Where is The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center located? 

Plug this address into your GPS or phone, and be on the lookout for signs (and our Bead Fest flags!) as you get closer: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at 100 Station Avenue in Oaks, PA 19456.

If you’re still having trouble locating the Expo Center, we also suggest using this address: 1601 Egypt Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460 (Upper Providence Township). This will take you to the Oaks Deli and Pizzeria, from which you can follow signs to The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Q: I made it to Bead Fest! Now, which entrance do I use?

Students: Pick up your student badges in Hall A & Expo Attendees: Enter the Expo through Hall B/C starting Friday, August 18.

Q: Where and when can I register for workshops onsite? 

You can visit onsite registration in Hall A at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA beginning Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30AM. PLEASE NOTE: Online workshop registration is now closed.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page.

Bead Fest Means Winning Big Prizes!

Interweave Giveaway + Perks

That’s right! In honor of Bead Fest Philadelphia, Interweave is hosting a massive giveaway! Entries are accepted during the event until the Monday after the event (8/21/2017). Three winners will be selected at random and contacted by August 28, 2017 via email. Each giveaway has an estimated value of $250!

Enter one of two ways:

  • Text JEWELRY to 33222 and receive a link to the form.
  • The second way is to enter with a team member at the event.

BONUS: Stay in the know about Bead Fest by receiving important event updates and details when you text JEWELRY to 33222!

Here’s a small taste of the jewelry swag that’s up for grabs!

  • Assortment of Jesse James Beads
  • Seed Beads, from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
  • Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend, by Kristal Wick
  • Swarovski® Crystals
  • AND much more!

We want to wish each entrant lots of luck! If you’re a lucky winner, make sure you post a photo of your goodies with the hashtag #BeadFest!

Circular Peyote Bracelet with Debbie Blair | Interweave Demos

Plus, don’t miss these other fun perks happening at the Interweave booth!

  • FREE magazine and tote bag with purchase (while supplies last)
  • Coupons for 20% off courses
  • FREE demos and author signings from a few of our favorite jewelry authors, including Kate Richbourg, Helen Driggs and Susan Lenart Kazmer
  • FREE nail painting station featuring nail polish bracelet kits

Beadalon Inspiration Playground

Feeling inspired while you’re shopping the Expo? Why not learn a new skill and create a fresh piece of jewelry at the Beadalon Inspiration Playground? Every project costs only $5, AND they can be completed in an hour or less! Looking to sign up? Meet us onsite starting at 7:30AM in the Expo Hall!

Take a look at some of our favorite Make & Take projects with open availability:

One Inch Mandala Inspired Cuff | Impress Art | ONLY 8 SEATS LEFT

Join instructor Rita Pannulla for a crash course in metal stamping, and discover the beginner’s guide to mandala stamping and texturing! 2PM on Friday

Beaded Rings with the NEW Adjustable Rings Findings Form | Beadalon | ONLY 7 SEATS LEFT

Join Meredith Roddy from Beadalon & Artistic Wire and learn how to use the new Adjustable Rings Findings Form to make adjustable rings with wire and beads. 11:30AM on Saturday

Create gorgeous jewelry art for just $35 with Candie Cooper!

All skill levels are welcome in Candie’s classroom! Renowned jewelry artist and fan-favorite instructor, Candie Cooper will lead you through the workshop of your choice. You’ll walk out feeling confident, inspired AND you’ll have a beautiful piece of handmade jewelry to show off! Take a look at a few of our favorite Candie picks, and make sure you register onsite in Hall A!

Designing with Donuts | Knotted Crystals

Now you have all of the tips and tricks for your best Bead Fest Philadelphia EVER!

Remember, we will be present onsite to answer any of your event-related questions, and we’re always happy to help. Most importantly, remember to let loose and have a great time! This week is all about you and your creativity, so don’t be afraid to run with your inspiration and ideas!

Not able to make it to Philly this year? Join us this October in the Pacific Northwest for Bead Fest Tacoma! And don’t forget, we’ll be making our highly-requested return to Texas in March 2018!

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