Jun 29, 2009

Philadelphia~The Largest Bead & Jewelry Show on the East Coast!

August 19-23, 2009
Valley Forge Convention Center
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Montgomery County

Special Events
Friday, August 21
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Meet the Instructors Reception - Come and meet our world famous instructors! See what they are teaching and sign up for workshops. Instructors will also be selling kits, jewelry etc. Food & beverage served.
Free admission, cash bar available
Saturday, August 22
8 PM – 10 PM
Moonlight Bead In - Bring a project you are currently working on and get a chance to mingle with fellow beaders, Interweave Editors and Bead Fest staff!
Free and open to the public, cash bar available
Special Book Signings & jewelry-making demos by Interweave Authors


Jun 24, 2009

New England Bead Society~Presents

New England's oldest and best bead show at
the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center
The Bead Affaire on October 17th 2009
The Bead Affaire is held every fall, and features over fifty exhibitors from around the country, showing and selling an amazing range of beads, beading supplies and beaded jewelry. In addition to locally and nationally recognized glass bead artists and vendors, there are demonstrations and door prizes. The Bead Affaire offers both beginners and experienced beaders an opportunity to learn about beads, beading techniques and bead resources.
Funds raised by the Bead Affaire are used to support the ongoing activities of the bead society including lectures, workshops and educational outreach projects.


Jun 21, 2009

Beads at Harvard Sqaure ~ Cambridge

As a New Yorker, coming from the hectic fast-paced streets of the city, Harvard Square is like a breath of fresh air. Why? I have been visiting the Boston area for several years now because my close friends’ mother lives in a nearby location. Its relaxed beauty in which the Edwardian brick buildings of Harvard University that spread out over the area, as well as its many unique streets, shops and beautiful homes and history make it a stroller's paradise.

There are two shops both are on Church Street, a few doors apart. The first store is Cambridge Artists' Cooperative. I love to visit because I know that I will always find wonderful handmade and unique American items of the highest quality. They are largely created by New England artists and craftspeople. Their merchandise varies from paintings to framed stamps, from wearable items to truly amazing jewelry. The sales people are very friendly and open to chat about the store, the artists and life in general.

The wonderful thing about this store is that they are always open to new or not so new artists and designers. www.cambridgeartistscoop.com.

The other store in Cambridge is Beadworks, also on Church Street. This is a company that has a chain of several stores in different cities. What is really terrific about this store is that they cater to the hobbyist, to those new to beadwork and to the more experienced artisans. The store has great natural light provided by a beautiful skylight that creates an airy feeling. It is clearly laid out with their beads grouped by color. They offer classes and friendly assistance. I wish that we had a Beadworks Store in NYC (though there is one in Westchester). www.beadworkscambridge.com

I have included two necklaces that I created from the beads that I bought at Beadworks and one picture of the jewelry from the coop.