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Bead&Button Show Part 1

For those of you who read my teaser post earlier last week, your wait is over!

This past Friday I spent the day on behalf of AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com looking at beads, talking to amazingly talented artists, and trying not to come home with everything in sight (although I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t by anything). It was a blast. I had such a good time talking to people and seeing all the wonderful things they were making. However, it did put me in my place with my extremely inadequate jewelry making skills. All I wanted to do when I got home was practice decreasing peyote stitches and stamping metal (instead I made an embroidery floss necklace).

This re-cap post is going to mostly consist of pictures and actually be a two-parter, as uploading and editing photos takes waaaaaaay longer than it should. Anyway here’s the first half!

The outside registration area housed some amazing contest winning pieces, that I could only sit back and admire.

Bead&Button Show 2011

Crystal Bead Mask

Bead Mask

This mask is incredibly detailed up-close. I didn’t want to use up all of the memory space on my camera taking pictures of it, but I could have.

Bead&Button Show 2011

Bead&Button Show 2011

This piece was done by a Ukrainian bead designer, apparently a first for Ukraine.

Bead&Button Show 2011

Bead&Button Show 2011

Bead&Button Show 2011

Would you be couragous enough to wear this little number? Designed by Blue Buddha Boutique‘s Kat Wisiewski.

Bead&Button Show 2011

I love this one. How regal. Can you imagine wearing this out with a long black maxi dress. You wouldn’t be able to help feeling like an Egyptian goddess!

Bead&Button Show 2011

Bead&Button Show 2011

Bead&Button Show 2011

Flowers seem to be ever popular in beading.

Bead&Button Show 2011

This one is for all of you Lewis Carroll fans, yes it is an Alice in Wonderland themed necklace. And beautifully done too.

As it was my first Bead&Button show, I was a little bit overwhelmed when I first set foot in the giant room housing all of the vendors. And although I tried, my attempts at capturing it in it’s entirety failed. I did take some pictures of the hustle and bustle.

Bead&Button Show

Bead&Button Show 2011

Bead&Button Show 2011

The seed beads were the first thing I saw when I entered the show floor and you can believe me when I say there was every color you can imagine in every size you could ever need. And yes I did pick up a few colors that I had been having some trouble finding (no trouble finding them here). I probably looked as enthralled as these women did too.

That’s all for the picture post for today. Keep checking back for the upcoming post with lots of snapshots of the inside of the show.

I can’t wait to see what you guys have to say about it!