Studio Musings

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Whole Lotta Beading Going On This Weekend

If you're in or around the Seattle/Lynnwood area this weekend, then I cordially invite and indeed urge you to check out the Northwest Bead Society's annual Bead Bazaar.  For anyone who loves beads, this is definitely a "gotta go" sort of thing.  There's a great line up of vendors, including a booth for the Fire and Rain Society - I spent a lot of time drooling there last year.  And came away with a number of spectacular treasures, even if my pockets were a bit to let.  There is an admission fee of $6.00, but it's for both days and goes to help support the Bead Society.

And then there's the lecture schedule!  Once you're in the door the lectures are free and run 50 minutes.  Look at the line up: 

Pendant by Linda Larsen
Pendant by Linda Larsen
12:00 - 12:50 Riveting
Linda Larsen 
Learn how to attach a stone or glass bead without soldering.

1:00 - 1:50 Cold Connections and Fold Forming
Juan Reyes     
Create a simple clasp & transform a flat sheet of metal into a 3D object.

2:00 - 2:50 Little/Big
Lynne Magie   
Using small beads to showcase the beautiful art bead you just purchased.

3:00 - 3:50 Polymer Clay Color Transfers
Sarah Wilbanks  
Polymer Clay Color Transfers for beads and pendants

12:00 -12:50 Viking Knit
Kathy Repp     
Basic & Advanced techniques - from simple chains to variegated, stripes and inclusions

Seedling Hinged Bracelet by Marlo Miyashiro
1:00 - 1:50 Improving your Small Object Photography for Internet Images
Marlo Miyashiro
Marlo gave this lecture at the School House Craft conference I attended last weekend and I HIGHLY recommend it!  She has some great insights and is an awesome source of knowledge. 

2:00 - 2:50 Going Rogue with Free Form Beading
Karen Williams
Ever wonder what's involved in freeform bead weaving, or how to start without a specific stitch count or pattern?  Karen shares a look into her process from start to finish in creating original, organic designs.

(Since it's my blog, I shared my description instead of their summation.)

And if you're not tired out from the lectures and the shopping, there's also a series of "informal demos" on both days.  They may be informal, but on Sunday I'm scheduled to talk about:

11:00-12:00, Peyote and Right Angle Seedbead Weaving
Back to basics here - just the basic stitches, can you believe it?     

12:15-1:15 3D Sculptural Seedbead Weaving
This will be a bit of a trunk show, mostly.  I'm planning to bring a number of pieces, both completed and works in progress.


  1. Wish I were closer - I'd be there in a heartbeat! Have fun!

  2. it sounds like a great weekend ~ enjoy the bead shopping and the lecture/teaching!

  3. Ah man (stomping my foot) I wish I lived in the Seattle area :-( It all sounds like it is going to be a blast. Have a great time.

  4. That sounds like so, so much fun!!! If I lived closer, I'd absolutely go.

  5. Wish you all could be here too! That would be such fun! I only get to go on Sunday myself. Some of our best friends are moving across country and Saturday's the last day they'll be here.