I wish there was a bead show around here. Every fall there is the "Bead
Bop". You buy a ticket and tote (one time only) and visit all the shops
participating. It sounds like so much fun and I'd love to do it once.
Maybe this year I'll just do it and let my husband have the hockey
I buy a lot of seed beads from Beyond Beadery when I see them at
shows. I do the Houston International Quilt Festival and they are
often there, as is Shipwreck Beads and a few others. I like the Bead
Renaissance Show in Denver in the Fall and there is a Bead Bazaar
along with the Gem and Mineral Show in Denver in the Spring.
Sooz spoke very highly of the BABE (Bay Area Bead Extravaganza) that
is twice a year in San Francisco. I know other vendors there but
havent been myself.
hmm - you have given me an idea - I know the ladies that run Celebration
of Needlework. And I know a bead shop owner very well. I wonder if I
could get them together.
I've been to couple of gem and mineral shows, but I don't recall ever
seeing beads other than already strung.
Unfortunately, our local bead shows are miles apart. My favorite one, Amy's
Beads, has "bead night" once a month, where you can bring your works in
progress and cheerfully bead with other like-minded beaders. If I were to go
to the local bead shops all in one day, I could easily put over 50 miles on
We get the Bead Mercantile show (Janes Fiber & Beads) twice a year, in
January and June, the Down The Street Bead Show twice a year, Intergalactic
twice a year, and every now and then E-Bead shows (small but quality
vendors). I usually stock on seed beads at the Bead Mercantile, although
Atlanta Beads also has quality seed beads. Once a year we get The Best Bead
Show in Miami, which has great vendors and amazingly low prices. I may have
to check out Beyond Beadery online.
The nearest bead show to me is in Anchorage, 350 miles from here.
That's a drive of at least 7 hours each way. I've been to the BABE
bead show in Oakland when I visiting family, but usually I'm in the
area either for the holidays or some other function.
Linda, Amy's "bead night" sounds like a great thing. There was a
group doing something like that a while back. I should see if they're
still doing that. People in Fairbanks tend to do a lot of things for
themselves -- arts, food preservation, cultural dances, powwows, etc.
Another monthly thing a friend of mine does relates to Sarajane's post
about Sally Burger. My martial arts buddy teaches yoga, and once a
month does "yoga church". Everyone gets together to do yoga and
brings the name of a cause they support; and all money collected goes
to the cause that is picked at random.
Sorry I am so late in responding; just did my quarterly check in and
found this thread.
We have the Portland Bead Society Bead Bazaar in Nov and Art and
Elegance of Beads in April/May. Joined PBS just so I could volunteer
at the Bazaar - way too much fun for a bead addict! The Bazaar is
mostly beads and accessories. A&E is mostly finished beadwork. Then
there are the Gem Faire shows and the Bead Faire and Renaissance Bead
Show and a couple of others.
As to my favorite vendor(s), ah, most of them! I'm hopless, I guess.